A Gentleman in Moscow
By Amor Towles
In post-revolutionary Russia Count Alexander Rostov is considered an ‘unrepentant aristocrat’. Placed under house arrest in the Hotel Metropol in Moscow, he is escorted not to his previous sumptuous suite but to a small attic room.
Through decades of change and political upheaval The Count remains cut off from all that gave his life meaning.
A Gentleman in Moscow is deceptively simple, decidedly subtle and written with enormous charm.
The strands of the novel; his friendship with a glamorous actress, a solemn, precocious child and the hotel chef, all come together in the end, leaving the reader, at the end of the book, bereft as at losing old friends!
I loved this book. It is a master class in how to evoke an era with subtlety and economy whilst focusing on a few key characters whose lives tell the story as they unfold, with quiet humour in parts and empathy for the loss of a time of courtly manners and courtesy.
I would recommend A Gentleman in Moscow to any reader who enjoys a well written, thought provoking read. I think this book will appeal to both men and women and all ages. Not to be missed.