He can’t leave. You won’t want to.
What a charming reminder that “a life without luxury can be the richest of all.”
I savored every minute I spent reading A Gentleman in Moscow. It wasn’t anything like the book I was expecting. It was sweeter, softer, wittier, and way, way classier.
Take a bow, Amor Towles. You have created a masterpiece.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count 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 a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.