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A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

Paperback Published: 2nd January 2018
ISBN: 9780099558781
Number Of Pages: 544

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On 21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.

But instead of being taken to his usual suite, he is led to an attic room with a window the size of a chessboard. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely.

While Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval, the Count, stripped of the trappings that defined his life, is forced to question what makes us who we are. And with the assistance of a glamorous actress, a cantankerous chef and a very serious child, Rostov unexpectedly discovers a new understanding of both pleasure and purpose.

About the Author

Amor Towles was born and raised in the Boston area. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University. An investment professional for over twenty years, he now devotes himself full time to writing. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Industry Reviews

“ A comic masterpiece . . . very funny, tender and as laughably accurate an account of the dismal nature of life in Soviet Russia as one could hope for . . . Quite apart from the ingeniously ludicrous plot and the acutely drawn characters, what adds to the joy of this book is the precision of Towles’ style. Again and again he conveys exactly the right impression with a deliciously surprising choice of words . . . a sheer delight. ”
William Hartson, Daily Express

“ [A] supremely uplifting novel ... It's elegant, witty and delightful - much like the Count himself. ”
Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year

“ A work of great charm, intelligence and insight. ”
Nick Rennison, Sunday Times

“ Elegant sentences, wonderful characters and inventive storytelling . . . This is everything a novel should be: charming, witty, poetic and generous. An absolute delight. ”
Mail on Sunday

“ No historical novel was more witty, insightful and original ”
Sunday Times, Culture Magazine

“ There is so, so much to love in this book as we keep company with the endlessly entertaining Count . . .[This] novel is wistful, whimsical and wry and elegantly captures that most apposite of lessons: 'By the smallest of one's actions, one can restore some sense of order to the world'. Brilliant ”
Eithne Farry, Sunday Express

“ I think the world feels so disordered right now. The count’s refinement and genteel nature are exactly what we’re longing for. His world was also in shambles but he maintained his grace and humor. ”
Ann Patchett

“ A Gentleman in Moscow is a tale abundant in humour, history and humanity, with a poignant message about time passing. That Towles also makes this rollicking good fun is no mean feat. ”
Constance Watson, Sunday Telegraph

“ This novel is astonishing, uplifting and wise. Don’t miss it. ”
Chris Cleave

New York Times Book Review

“ A Gentleman in Moscow is exquisitely propped and styled, from the silver samovars to the red covers of Baedeker guides . . . [T]he count charms and disarms, and his story sparks much joy and a new anti-Kondo philosophy: chuck much, but keep all the books. ”
The Times

“ A sheer delight … a gorgeous comic epic. ”
Daily Express

“ I adored A Gentleman in Moscow . . . This is a lovely, meandering story as charming and elegant as the Count himself. ”

“ Towles’ use of language is an absolute pleasure to read and you can’t help but savour every last word . . . What makes it a great work of historical fiction is the apt creations the author builds outside the hotel walls in a truly tumultuous time. Towles creates such a memorable character in Rostov and this book brings something for everyone - humour, history, friendship and philosophy ”
Irish Times

“ What makes it a great work of historical fiction are the creations the author builds outside the hotel in a truly tumultuous time. ”
i Newspaper

“ If we do a better book than this on the [Simon Mayo Radio 2] Book Club, we'll have a very very good year! ”
Matt Williams, Radio 2 Book Club

“ A Gentleman in Moscow is quite a novel. Towles’ use of language is a pleasure and you can’t help but savour every word . . . a great work of fiction. ”
The Herald

“ A love story like no other, in a beautiful-looking book. ”

“ The perfect escapist read, Amor Towles’ A Gentleman In Moscow is utterly mesmerising. ”

“ An inventive and charming novel ”
You magazine

“ The same gorgeous, layered richness that marked Towles' debut shapes this novel ”
Entertainment Weekly

“ A masterful writer . . . a talent for conjuring up scenes from the past and present and bringing them into remarkable focus ”
Washington Times

“ This novel is as much a celebration of that great culture as it is a biography of an irrepressible and indomitable spirit . . . an absolute must read. ”
Irish Independent

“ Spread across four decades, this is in all ways a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom and philosophical insight. ”

“ This is parable for all world travellers. ”

“ A charming novel. ”
Sunday Times Culture Magazine

“ Lovely, long and lingering story. ”

“ Written with a clipped, capering style and comic flair that can't fail to charm. ”
Compass magazine

“ A profound, often funny survey of mid-20th-Century Russia ”
Daily Telegraph

“ Unputdownable ”
Irish Independent “ No historical novel was more witty, insightful and original ”
Sunday Times, Culture Magazine

“ Among the greatest comic novels of all time . . . told with such style and wit that every page reduced me to helpless laughter and admiration ”
The Daily Express, BOOK OF THE YEAR

“ The book I would recommend to anyone who appreciates what only fiction can do … It’s a page-turner and a delight. ”
David Hepworth, Radio Times

“ A heart-warming story that asks the reader to consider what is important in life. We loved it. ***** ” Woman’s Weekly

How unusual


I was recommended this book and have since recommended it to all my friends. The author is American but the setting is Moscow and you feel immersed in the USSR as it was then. The languge is engaging and the storyline so very interesting. You certainly fall in love with the characters.



An wonderful book, beautifully written


A Gentleman in Moscow is one of the most enjoyable and informative books I have read in years. A beautifully written book with wonderful descriptions. I thoroughly recommend this book.


Elegant, subtle and engaging


Cannot recommend this book highly enough. A gentleman in the true sense of the word, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov thoroughly entertains the reader with his grace, charm and subtle humour. Amor Towles is a gifted, elegant and sympathetic writer. Gems throughout, it is a book for those with a fondness for clever dialogue. Having finished this novel, I can only now look forward to his next work.



Count your blessings


Magical story - made out of 'very little' - the 'hero' is in 'virtual imprisonment' - but adapts to his new circumstances - with his 'cheerful and accepting attitude' and some help from friends he makes - but he helps them too!

Melbourne, Australia


I loved this book and recommend it to anyone/everyone


This book is very uplifting. I had a laugh throughout the book and found myself clapping at the end.

Byron Bay


A 'must read' novel.


I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book, from the author's wonderful descriptive abilities, his writing style and his tapestry of cameo scenes, all interwoven into a very believable, complex and thoroughly satisfying story.

Western Australia


A little gem of a book!


The book was an absolute delight, from beginning to end!



One not to miss - a delightful and engaging read


This is a wonderful read, engaging characters set solely inside the Hotel Metropol St Petersburg c.1922-37. It's a pleasure to read such a beautifully written historical fiction, definitely one for those who appreciate quirky characters, great humour and fine writing.

Melb Aust


A really good read about an interesting historical time


This book was very different to the author's first novel, but also a very good read in quite a different way.

NSW rural


A Gentleman in Moscow

4.9 9


ISBN: 9780099558781
ISBN-10: 0099558785
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 2nd January 2018
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1

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