Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 496 pages
Audiobook Length: 17 hours and 52 minutes
First Published: 2016
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In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.
Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.
Quotes from A Gentleman in Moscow
Fate would not have the reputation it has, if it simply did what it seemed it would do.
For as it turns out, one can revisit the past quite pleasantly, as long as one does so expecting nearly every aspect of it to have changed.
For what matters in life is not whether we receive a round of applause; what matters is whether we have the courage to venture forth despite the uncertainty of acclaim.
No matter how much time passes, those we have loved never slip away from us entirely.
About Amor Towles
Amor Towles is the author of Rules of Civility, The Lincoln Highway, and A Gentleman in Moscow. He was born and raised in the Boston area and currently lives in Manhattan. Visit the author’s website →