• A Gentleman in Moscow
  • A Gentleman in Moscow
  • A Gentleman in Moscow
  • A Gentleman in Moscow
  • A Gentleman in Moscow
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 02/11/2017
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'On the third floor, the Count walked down the red-carpeted hallway towards his suite – an interconnected bedroom, bath, dining room, and grand salon with eight-foot windows overlooking the Lindens of theatre square. And there the rudeness of the day awaited. For before the flung-open doors of his room stood a captain of the guards with Pasha and Petya, the hotel’s bellhops…' 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. 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. From the author of the Waterstones’ bestseller Rules of Civility comes a book about the salvation inherent in mutual understanding and respect and an awakened sense of the possibility of wonder.

  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • ISBN: 9780099558781
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Weight: 353g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 30 mm

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A Gentleman in Moscow
A joy to read
A Gentleman in Moscow
What an utterly delicious book
I cannot sing the praises for this book enough. Throughly readable, a real page turner and such descriptive brilliance with more than a sense of humour.
A Gentleman in Moscow
Boring read
I made it to the middle of the book in a hope that there would be some development of the story line, build up of the plot etc. Nothing happened, so I just... READ MORE
Yury Sidunov
A Gentleman in Moscow
I can’t say much that has not already been said. Captivating, intriguing but also brims with positivity and optimism . He sees and experiences the good in... READ MORE
A Gentleman in Moscow
This is a most exquisite book
Written with a combination of humour and understanding, against a background of world changing events, this book is a joy from beginning to end; a life liv... READ MORE
Andy Stevens
A Gentleman in Moscow
Wasn’t keen!
This book got really good reviews and I bought it because as I was browsing in the shop a lady told me how much she enjoyed it. Everyone’s taste is differe... READ MORE
Helen Forsythe
A Gentleman in Moscow
This book was not at all what I expected it to be it was so much more. How Alexander deals with his change of circumstances, the friendship and loyalty he ... READ MORE
Botswana Junky
A Gentleman in Moscow
Thoughtful novel set in MOSCOW
Set against a period of huge upheaval in Russia, this is a novel to charm and inform. A novel for anyone choosing to stay at the Metropol Hotel in Moscow t... READ MORE
A Gentleman in Moscow
A gem: pure lockdown delight
It's dangerous for me to wander into Waterstones with time on my hands: I invariably leave with at least one book purchased. I bought this one knowing almo... READ MORE
Robert of Canterbury
A Gentleman in Moscow
Thoroughly enjoyed this!
Read this for my book group. It was intriguing and an excellent read!
Sue Saunders
A Gentleman in Moscow
An engrossing read.
An unique read which had me gripped throughout. The humour emerging through what could be a terrible situation was so clever.
sonia Dowse
A Gentleman in Moscow
Ludicrous and I loved it
The quite ludicrous premise of this book is that an aristocrat - Count Alexander Rostov - who has until now lived in the highest echelons of Russian societ... READ MORE
Mark Rasdall
A Gentleman in Moscow
A wonderful, engaging tale
A Gentleman in Moscow was recommended by an assistant in my local Waterstones, and I am so glad she did. It is a beutiful gentle tale about a Russian Aris... READ MORE
Paula Heenan
A Gentleman in Moscow
Thoroughly enjoyable read
Not what I expected and not like anything I've read before but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Lou Stephenson
A Gentleman in Moscow
Engaging, informative, a really good read
This is going to be one of my favourite books. The whole story is different, the setting and plot so imaginative. I love books which inform me, teach me so... READ MORE
Christine Maclean
A Gentleman in Moscow
Life under lockdown ...
A stunningly superb book, with twists and turns from start to finish. If you read only one book this year, make it this !
A Gentleman in Moscow
Fascinating read!
Read this for my book group and was completely swept away! The detail of his life confined to the hotel had a feeling of similarity to our current times. T... READ MORE
Sue Saunders
A Gentleman in Moscow
Brilliant novel
An excellent book, which I have read twice already. All of life’s trials, tribulations and dreams lived out under one elegant roof.
A Gentleman in Moscow
Elegant read
This book is wonderful. An interesting story with fascinating dashes of Russian history. It is beautifully written, which is a very pleasant change. I h... READ MORE
Lynden Easton
A Gentleman in Moscow
An enchanting read
Everything about this book was wonderful. It might not be 100% historically accurate but the characters are fabulous, and the writing is terrific and full... READ MORE
Sharon Walthall
A Gentleman in Moscow
A Gentleman in Moscow
I loved this book. The count’s attitude of making the best of his situation is very appropriate just now. His intelligence and sense of humour shine throug... READ MORE
Karen Criggie
A Gentleman in Moscow
This is heaven in a book! It's beautifully written, clever and a just a delight to read!
Claire Lucas
A Gentleman in Moscow
Remember it is a work of fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is very well-written and pays due regard to historical developments. The personalities of all who work and live in hote... READ MORE
Alun Morgan
A Gentleman in Moscow
A really good story
When I bought this after a Waterstones recommendation I didn’t know what to expect. But it turned out to be a really good story. Well written with a good e... READ MORE
Ian Philps
A Gentleman in Moscow
History and fun from an unusual angle
This is such an interesting and humorous account that you don't really notice just how much information you're getting about great events.
Lesley Bright
A Gentleman in Moscow
Simply charming
A pleasure to read.
A Gentleman in Moscow
A Gentleman in Moscow
This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The story is an absolute delight and it is beautifully written. The characters are so vivid that you feel you... READ MORE
Danuta Clark
A Gentleman in Moscow
A perfect read
‘A Gentleman in Moscow’, by Amor Towles I thoroughly enjoyed reading this gem of a book – it has been my favorite read for quite some time. The book is be... READ MORE
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Uplifting, informative, captivating. loved it. sent it as gifts to many friends and family.
Caroline Cameron