A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles

  • Release Date: 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 5
From 1,232 Ratings


A New York Times bestseller

Chosen as a best book of the year by NPR, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Philadelphia Inquirer

“The same gorgeous, layered richness that marked Towles’ debut, Rules of Civility, shapes [A Gentleman in Moscow]” –Entertainment Weekly

“’The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Eloise’ meets all the Bond villains.” –TheSkimm 

“Irresistible. . .[an] elegant period piece. . .as lavishly filigreed as a Faberge egg.”
 –O, the Oprah Magazine

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel 

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.

“And the intrigue! … [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery… a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.” –The San Francisco Chronicle


  • Pastiche

    By letopcat
    140 pages in and I don't think I can finish. The narrative is tediously slow and the writing is great if you like characters who carry on silly conversations with cats. The tone is all off. Is this a satire and I'm not getting it? I'm wondering if this is the same book everyone here is giving five stars to.
  • Love His Choice of Words

    By Aabix
    Rich with description. Wonderful choice of vocabulary. Definitely worth the read.
  • Fan for life

    By Megyn Kelly
    Perhaps the best book of the century. A classic! Brilliant!!
  • A gentleman in Moscow

    By Jamnas
    One of the best books I have read in a long time. Splendidly descriptive and well thought out...A pleasure to read
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By Jim's I TOUCH
    Entertaining throughout! Wished for more.
  • Most Excellent!

    By SBonner
    One of the best books I have ever read.
  • Sublime.

    By p-51 Mustang
    Made me smile for days on end.
  • Disappointed that footnotes are omitted

    By MojaveTom
    I'm very disappointed to learn that this electronic version of A Gentleman in Moscow is missing the numerous enlightening footnotes that are part of the author's story.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By ballin'94
    A delightful read that takes you back in time to a beautiful place and warms your heart.
  • What a beautiful book!

    By Crazyiphonemama
    I fell in love with this wonderful, fascinating book! I read Rules of Civility a few years ago and just now realized that they were written by the same author. Both are rare, outstanding books that I just inhaled. I'm sure it will be a few years before we'll be graced with another of his books, as these are not novels that can be written quickly, as many of today's so often are. I will wait patiently, knowing what a treasure is to come. Please do yourself a favor and read this book!