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    Vyshinsky Why did you write the poem Rosov It demanded to be written I simply happened to be sitting at the particular desk on the particular morning when it chose to make its demands.Vyshinksy And where was that exactly Rostov In the south parlor at Idlehour.Vyshinksy Idlehour Rosov The Rostov estate in Nizhny Novgorod.Vyshinksy Ah, yes Of course How apt But let us return our attention to your poem Coming as it did in the subdued years after the failed revolt of 1905 many considered it a call to action Would you agree with that assessment Rosov All poetry is a call to action Hotel Metropol, MoscowThis is just a snippet from the appearance of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov before the Emergency Committee of the People s Commissariat for Internal Affairs on 21 June 1922 Rostov was a member of the wrong class and a poet , as well He was destined for a firing squad or an all expense paid trip to Siberia where he could still end up with a bullet in his head The way the Russians were deciding who was a threat to their new nation and the proper punishment to be enforced per case was so arbitrary and inconsistent that it was impossible to anticipate what your fate was going to be once you came before the Committee Luckily for all of us, Rostov received a rather unusual punishment He was put under hotel arrest for the rest of his life He could not set foot outside the walls of the Metropol Hotel or he would be executed immediately Given the alternatives, having to live in this grand hotel for the rest of his life was actually a gift It was a microcosm of a city with a barbershop, clothing stores, and restaurants readily available for a man with discerning needs He would finally have time to read, though he had left his books in Paris when he decided to come back to Russia and was now stuck with the dusty tomes of his father They had different tastes He periodically made a stab at reading his father s favorite book of Montaigne, but soon discovered it was the perfect height to level his table Of course, the beautiful room with the balcony that had plenty of space for his family possessions was taken away from him He was relocated to a small room in the attic He was constricted, but alive.I was only a few pages in before I knew that the Count and I were not only going to be the best of friends, but that he was also going to be a model for how a man of honor should conduct himself Here is an example of the Count telling us to reevaluate how we see the people we meet After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we ve just met for a minute in the lobby of the hotel For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone Why, no than a chord can tell us about Beethoven or a brushstroke about Botticelli By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour We do have to make a lot of snap judgements about people Rarely are they all that accurate, though it is amazing how difficult it is to erase and rewrite the first impression we have of someone I ve been surprised than once by discovering the depth of someone whom I thought was a shallow nincompoop We ve all felt the sting of people judging us too harshly or seeing us for someone less than who we are I ve experienced people actually loathing me, leaving me baffled as to what I could have possibly done to induce this level of animosity Of course, it has to be some misconception, but nearly impossible to fix once they ve locked me up with the other criminals in the dark, damp cells of their mind The Count always erred on the side of trusting too much rather than condemning someone too hastily He was such a contrast to the new government who judged quickly and harshly with no compassion or consideration for circumstances After all, Count Rostov was the last gentleman in Moscow, most of the rest having fled or been shot He never forgot his breeding or his place in the world even if his universe had shrunk to the size of a city block His best friend Mishka, a poet, floated in and out of his life He brought with him the golden memories of their childhood They could reminiscence about the days of young adulthood when life was a pear, and the juice ran down their chins, and the sticky nectar of shared experiences was a fragrance that filled the room around them Those were the days, as fleeting as they proved to be The Count was not lonely After all, this was a grand hotel with new people coming and going every day, and there were even some people who elected to stay on a permanent basis, like say an aging, but still beautiful starlet After taking a quick look around, the Count crossed the empty sitting room and entered the bedchamber, where a willowy figure stood in silhouette before one of the great windows At the sound of his approach, she turned and let her dress slip to the floor with a delicate whoosh How may I be of service madam Not that there was ever a question of his character, but when a friend dropped a child, a girl, into his care, he proved remarkably adept at the task of raising this child What was supposed to be a few months turned into decades He loved her as if she were his own The author Amor Towles at the Metropol Hotel in MoscowAmor Towles s first book Rules of Civility was one of my favorite books I read that year There is no sopho slump with his second book This is a charming book lyrically written So spend a few hours with Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov and see how to live a good life despite being made a caged bird If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


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    Melinda and I sometimes read the same book at the same time It s usually a lot of fun, but it can get us in trouble when one of us is further along than the other which recently happened when we were both reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.At one point, I got teary eyed because one of the characters gets hurt and must go to the hospital Melinda was a couple chapters behind me When she saw me crying, she became worried that a character she loved was going to die I didn t want to spoil anything for her, so I just had to wait until she caught up to me.That one scene aside, A Gentleman in Moscow is a fun, clever, and surprisingly upbeat look at Russian history through the eyes of one man At the beginning of the book, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is sentenced to spend his life under house arrest in Moscow s Metropol Hotel It s 1922, and the Bolsheviks have just taken power of the newly formed Soviet Union The book follows the Count for the next thirty years as he makes the most of his life despite its limitations.Although the book is fictional, the Metropol is a real hotel I ve even been lucky enough to stay there and it looked mostly the same as Towles describes in the book It s the kind of place where you can t help but picture what it was like at different points in time The hotel is located across the street from the Kremlin and managed to survive the Bolshevik revolution and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union That s a lot of history for one building.Many scenes in the book never happened in real life as far as I know , but they re easy to imagine given the Metropol s history In one memorable chapter, Bolshevik officials decide that the hotel s wine cellar is counter to the ideals of the Revolution The hotel staff is forced to remove labels from than 100,000 bottles, and the restaurant must sell all wine for the same price The Count who sees himself as a wine expert is horrified.Count Rostov is an observer frozen in time, watching these changes come and go He felt to me like he was from a different era from the other characters in the book Throughout all the political turmoil, he manages to survive because, well, he s good at everything.He s read seemingly every book and can identify any piece of music When he s forced to become a waiter at the hotel restaurant, he does it with this panache that is incredible He knows his liquor better than anyone, and he s not shy about sharing his opinions The Count should be an insufferable character, but the whole thing works because he s so charming.Towles has a talent for quirky details Early ish in the book, he says the Count reviewed the menu in reverse order as was his habit, having learned from experience that giving consideration to appetizers before entrees can only lead to regret A description like that tells you so much about a character By the end of the book, I felt like the Count was an old friend.You don t have to be a Russophile to enjoy the book, but if you are, it s essential reading I think early 20th century Russian history is super interesting, so I ve read a bunch of books about Lenin and Stalin A Gentleman in Moscow gave me a new perspective on the era, even though it s fictional Towles keeps the focus on the Count, so most major historical events like World War II get little than a passing mention But I loved seeing how these events still shifted the world of the Metropol in ways big and small It gives you a sense of how political turmoil affects everyone, not just those directly involved with it A Gentleman in Moscow is an amazing story because it manages to be a little bit of everything There s fantastical romance, politics, espionage, parenthood, and poetry The book is technically historical fiction, but you d be just as accurate calling it a thriller or a love story Even if Russia isn t on your must visit list, I think everyone can enjoy Towles s trip to Moscow this summer.


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    I wanted to savour this one, word for word Towles bestows on us a language to be treasured a story to be remembered.This was a remarkably enchanting narrative with a charming character A gentleman, Rostov, has been put under hotel arrest For the next several years, as he serves his time, relationships are cultivated from employees to guests to the visitors he receives and to a young girl whom he becomes a guardian for.Very descriptive I tasted almost every meal he ate from the crisp and tartness of an apple to the bitterness of his coffee This is a man who truly separated himself from others in appreciating the simple things in life A man who was duly present, authentic and honourable.This is a story that should be read with a good bottle of brandy or simply with the purist adoration for a storyteller who can transcend time and magically entrance us Bravo, Towles Bravo I bequeath a 5 star.


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    Tears were streaming down my face the last several pages Turning each page slower and slower breathless filled with gratitude overwhelmed by what this rare book offers and then delivering a wonderful satisfying endingto the already rich wonderful absolutely marvelous novel Goose bumps and butterfly fluttering..the writing is pulsing with life Amor Towles sleading man Count Rostov Alexander Ilyich Rostov.or Sasha , to a select few old friends, is THE MOST EXCEPTIONAL male character to come along in recent literature I can t think of any other male character with the type of astounding dignity that Count Rostov exhibits I was either losing sleep reading this book, tossing out all other daytime plans to continue, reading.or I was obsessively thinking about this book when I wasn t reading it My early thoughts were about Russia and the how the Bolsheviks came into power..and the years that followed Russia became symbolic of the spread of communism throughout the world..resulting in the end of all aristocracy So.Not only was Rostov s aristocracy being stripped away, but his self expression and freedom of speech was being taken from his as well He wrote poetry..and a poem called Where Is It Now I thought about this interesting title for some time As in where does Court Rostov stand now Rostov has succumbed irrevocably to the corruptions of his class , according toThe People s Commissariat For Internal Affairs in Moscow 1922 I kept thinking isn t it somewhat an odd punishment to be given a life sentence of confinement to the walls inside a hotel A grand hotel at that The Metropol Hotel I mean Eloise in the Plaza Hotel in New York City was happy, but she was free to step outside The Count s sentence is clear Should he step outside the Hotel at any time, he will be shot killed I lost a few hours of my mind thinking only about this Why What else were choices of punishment for an aristocrat if not killed Did they have prisons And where was his money coming from Was food included without him paying for it in the restaurants in the hotel How on earth could he possibly earn money Buy clothes Essentials For the rest of his life How will he spend his time and keep sane I was simply curious And most how might I have behaved if I were in the counts situation I d like to think I might have stood tall held my dignity be the gentle woman as Alexander was a GRAND GENTLEMAN The Count was a fabulous human being.a man I would love to have shared a glass of wine with He was classy witty wise intelligent charming and kind There are endless likable characteristics about Alexander He was generous with his soul Count Rostov s days of writing poetry were behind him He moved into a small room on the sixth floor in the attic He was moved out of his luxury suite that he had lived in for four years in the past Most of his valuable books were back in Parisbut he kept one book that once belonged to his father one he never had found time to read The Essays of Montaigne He will finally have time to read Michael de Montaigne essays now who was one of the most significant philosophers of the French renaissance known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre In the first few weeks of living in the Metropol Hotel Alexander holds himself high has no interest in bitterness GOD I LOVED THIS MAN and quietly stayed in his room, reading, and reflecting He ate his meals in either of the two restaurants the Boyarsky or the Piazza Count Rostov being a wine and food connoisseur, is a treat for us readers as the descriptions of the food and wine are mouthwatering savory and scrumptious The way the tables were set the waiters and chef add to delightful glory as well I could smell and taste the fish, while visualizing the seating in the dining room As for the conversationsWell.in steps nine year old Nina Kulikova Too adorable for words right off the bat She s quite the conversationalist She s living in the hotel with her father and seems to have spare time for wandering Their lovely friendship begins over lunch in the Piazza Nina of course invites herself to Alexander s table by simply pulling up a chair, sitting down, and staring at his food Their friendship continues when Nina manages to coerce Court Rostov into joining her in one of her many hidden excursions SPYING into the secret passageways and locked rooms with the stolen key she has So how does a precocious nine year old coerce a grown man to sneak around a hotel with her Nina says Oh come along I d rather not Don t be such a fuddy duddy I m not a fuddy duddy Can you be so sure A man can never be entirely sure that he is not a fuddy duddy That is axiomatic to the term Exactly Off they go One minute Nina is interested in knowing the rules of being a princess as when they first met in the restaurant , and the next moment she is enthralled by the assembly s energy and sense of purpose from when they are listening in on the Assemblies political discourse Nina is a wonderful companion and because of their spy games, Alexander was able to listen to other fuddy duddy s discuss political and social changes Over the years three decades at Hotel Metropol Alexander makes many friends and acquaintances His closest friends with the staff are Andrey, maitre d of the Boyarsky, Emile the Chef Vasily the concierge and Marina the seamstress His old friend from Imperial University in St Petersburg comes to visit him MikhailFyodorovich Mishka , was in town to help plan the inaugural congress of RAPP Such a lovely friendship these two men shared The Count took pleasure in his old friends romantic skirmish yet felt a sting of envy Anna Urbanova a celebrity actress.becomes a between the sheets friend Other people come and go Osip Ivanovich Glebnikov is a former colonel of the Red Army whom Alexander has many political conversations with and not only about Russia, but the rest of the world They watch and discuss the movie Casablanca and the symbolism is achingly beautiful Yet..Out of all the people who come and go it s Nina who has Alexander s heart the most.A time comes when she does leave the hotel but then she comes back years later for a brief visit a visit that will alter Alexanders life Alexander Ilyich Rostov somehow this man knew that life was never meant to be a struggle If only I could learn from him As The Count learned from his ancestors. If a man does not master his circumstances he is bound to be mastered by them.A Masterpiece One of the most phenomenal book books in years It s Nov almost Thanksgiving I ve read so many outstanding books this year it s ridiculously crazy terrific 2016 has been a year of favorite books.but A Gentleman in Moscow tops them all Amor Towles delivered as a gift


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    It s always a shock, after you finish a particularly good book, to look up and see the world go about its business with perfect indifference I struggle for language to adequately express the feeling that came over me then one which emitted, it seemed, its own gravity, holding me in place The trance of being so immersed in my reading wrapped me in its cold, tingling embrace, so that when I turned the last page, I was almost astonished and stepped forth with a sense of unreality Like I couldn t remember being there, the way one feels when they re driving home and they suddenly find themself in their garage, unable to remember the actual drive.I ve no doubt that this book will reside, for many years, in the low lit boudoir of my memories I am already looking forward to reading it again.So, what s this book about The glory that had shone upon Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov a member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt vanishes when he is accused of writing a poem deemed counterrevolutionary and unceremoniously sentenced to life confinement in Moscow s Metropol hotel.But for all that it was a prison, it was a luxurious one The year is 1922, and behind it all, looms the haunting specter of a country that is at the fragile end of a brutal history an ill timed glance or a foot set in an unfortunate spot could bring down death and woe upon a person, in the form of a bullet to the head or an exile to Siberia Even so, such a life was bound to be a horror, but and nothing would have persuaded the count to believe it such a fate with its air of violence will wind up giving him entrance into a realm of wonder.Alexander Ilyich Rostov finds a fire, a ferocious brightness in this new existence, set aflame by the keenness of how the world appears to a man at such circumstances The Hotel Metropol is a world unto itself, and within its walls, the world had come and gone Men and women were drawn to it from every far flung crag of every country, spilling their stories while the count carefully gathers them up Over the years, the count also forges a link between him and several residents of the hotel the chefs, the doormen, the bartenders, the seamstresses and creates a door that he can knock at and count on being opened at any time.But soon the years begin to press into a moment akin to a photo than a film, and the count begins to feel, for the first time, the true weight of his sentence The fear that he wouldn t ever leave the hotel, that he would stay and grow old and bent and be put in the ground there, became a monster that dogged his heel, and he walked on through his days steadfastly refusing to look its way in case it pounced until it became impossible to ignore it.The hotel is the count s prison, and it is his sanctuary, but for how much longer can it be either To what end, he wondered, had the Divine created the stars in heaven to fill a man with feelings of inspiration one day and insignificance the next It s not an easy task to make a story of imprisonment within an unvarying setting feel so hugely mesmerizing Fortunately, Towles sets off all the fireworks he can with it, and as a result, the novel, like the count, thrives in captivity.There s a lot to swim in here to fall into the drowning waves is inevitable Towles spins his tale with the decisiveness of an explorer and the grace of a poet I was pulled deeper into the current of his language, the words rippling past me like lyre notes, and my own heart seemed to be clipping along in staccato pleasure Many times, I had to marshal my tired eyes in order to see the pages, driving myself past exhaustion to a surreal and pertinacious wakefulness.Towles has certainly woven a sophisticated and powerful literary achievement But what makes this novel so winning is not the generous prose, or the impeccable pace, or the characterization or even the gorgeously realized setting as eruditely rendered as they are It s the author s voice The arched eyebrow, the sly, confiding tone The piercing irony and the craftiness with which he always seems to know the right nerve to touch, at exactly the right moment, to wound or to outrage most Towles is a novelist with an abundance of things to say, and, not only does he invite you into his world, he makes you want to linger, visit, and meditate for a while.Despite the seemingly unpropitious circumstances, this is not a dour book, by any stretch, and that s one of the greatest joys of its intelligence that it is pure, unfettered fun The balance that the novel deftly strikes between academic playfulness and exquisite storytelling is absolutely masterful A Gentleman in Moscow is both relentlessly intellectual and a page turner in the true sense, and I genuinely felt rejuvenated by its presence while all the time trying not to think about how painful it would be when it all inevitably ends The novel, it seems, achieves just what Mr Towles had set out to do, and as a fiercely well paced entertainment, it triumphs magnificently.A Gentleman in Moscow is also as poignant as it is perplexing and profound The book takes time to ruminate meaningfully on selfhood, friendship, parenthood and the devastating unattainability of modest hopes It s also boldly driven by the urge to make observations about other people while also offering them succor and guidance People, after all, deserve not only our consideration, writes Towles, but our reconsideration Further, the novel is intricately carved with footnotes, and not only was it effective to have unfamiliar references explained, the asides succeed in creating a poised and elegant punctuation throughout the book, reminding the reader of the author s editorial presence even at their most enthralled.It is undeniable that A Gentleman in Moscow lives and dies on its characters so richly drawn and so idiosyncratically compelling are they and the novel thrives with the people it focuses on, who, together, make something like the word family.The details of the count s life at the Hotel Metropol are vividly painted, and it s a treat to simply spend time with him There is a roaring vitality to his presence that cannot be contained, as though he breathed all the world s air and only left enough for others by sheer benevolence He is capable and steady and thoughtful, every movement considered, and although serving a lifelong sentence, the favorable vestiges of the count s aristocratic upbringing remained Alexander Ilyich Rostov hasn t lost any of his upright dignity, that earthbound grace, and that steady gaze with deep set humor He took joy in savoring the simple pleasures of life good wine, good company, and a good book and that had the flavor of rebellion He was a man ferociously committed to the business of mastering his circumstances, so he dropped his anchor, declared a truth, and found a harbor And when he could no longer be important, he turned his clever mind to the task of becoming charming.The count is utterly captivating in his interactions with other characters, though they all steal almost every scene they re in Nina, the precocious 9 year old who holds a master key which allows her into every room Emile, the grouchy cook with his caustic whit and cavernous gloom and Andrey, the French ma tre d with a preternatural knowledge of the hotel s inner workings and preternaturally agile hands Their presence was like a warm stone the count cupped in his hands, and I relished the feeling that their solitudes had joined together There is tragedy at the heart of this story, after all, but there is also unimaginable tenderness and it s what follows you off the page These are the greatest of conveniences, Anushka and at one time, I had them all But in the end, it has been the inconveniences that have mattered to me most.


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    In the year 1922, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov has been sentenced to House arrest at the famed Moscow Hotel Metropol Once of the landed elite of Nizhy Novgorod, the Count must live out the rest of his days in one small hotel room As the Bolsheviks have persevered following their revolution, no long are there ruling classes in Russia, only comrades It is under these conditions that Count Rostov has become a former person who can no longer step outside of the Metropol Using this premise, Amor Towles has woven prose to create an enchanting story that makes up the Count s changed course of existence Over time, Count Rostov grew to call himself the luckiest man in Russia This realization, however, occurs after he has been in the hotel Metropol for over thirty and forged close friendships with her staff and inhabitants At first, he is a once proud man who has had all of his material possessions taken away from him and has to make do with life in a room, until the day that the Count encounters nine year old Nina, altering the course of his life A precocious girl with an eye for adventure, Nina takes the Count with her on all of her forays through the hotel No longer is the Count confined to a room with his books and manuscripts, but at the whims of an enchanting palace House arrest becomes luxurious instead of the intended punishment Towles creates a compelling cast of characters to complement the Count, none vital to sustaining his existence than Sofia, Nina s daughter who she leaves in his care Rather than resenting this turn of events, the Count raises Sofia as his own daughter, and two become inseparable Yet, Sofia is raised by the entire staff of the Metropol Emile, the head chef of the Boyarsky restaurant Andrey, the maitre d restaurant Marina, the seamstress who becomes a mother figure and Vasily the concierge The group becomes like family over the course of the Count s house arrest, and with the luxurious conditions of the lobby, bar, and restaurant, it becomes evident that the Count is the luckiest man in all of Russia What makes A Gentleman in Moscow a true work of historical fiction are Towles apt descriptions of life occurring outside of the Metropol s walls Stalin has taken control of the country, and Russians can either join the party, get shipped to Siberia, or otherwise conveniently disposed of Relations with the west are tenuous at best but Towles relays these feelings in the Count s relations with American ambassador Richard Wilshire, who becomes a key figure in the novel As long as one has friends within the party, which the Count manages to attain, even enemies like him can remain safe on a daily basis, even if it means living within the walls of a hotel A Gentleman in Moscow evokes an era of the tsar when the city rivals Paris and London as a destination for elite classes throughout Europe A member of the landed aristocracy prior the Bolshevik Revolution, Count Rostov is well versed in literature, history, and appears to be a true renaissance man Through his relationship with Nina and Sofia, Towles shows the Count to have a genuine soft spot in his heart as well, turning him into a truly memorable character A delight of an enchanting story to read, A Gentleman in Moscow was worth the hype of the reviews I have read about it and rates 4.5 shiny stars.


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    A Gentleman in Moscow tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov, who is sentenced to live out the rest of his life on house arrest in the Metropol hotel, following his conviction by a Bolshevik tribunal He was convicted of being an unrepentant aristocrat and is stripped of his wealth by the new Bolshevik regime From one of the hotel s most prestigious guests, to a member of the wait staff, Count Rostov manages his fall from grace with poise and dignity.This book provided beautiful imagery and a thought provoking dialogue on the rise of communism in Russia over a period of about 30 or so years, beginning in 1922 I was amazed at the insights of Count Rostov related to world events, especially considering that he was confined to a large hotel for the majority of his adult life He was an intriguing and remarkable personality.Beyond all else, Count Rostov remained a gentleman At times, his focus on manners and his devotion to various formalities seemed ridiculous After all, he was essentially imprisoned in a gilded cage What did he have to lose However, I came to appreciate the formal mannerisms of Count Rostov He truly was a gentleman By staying true to himself, he refused to let the regime win He wasn t bitter He didn t waste energy on blatant defiance of the Bolsheviks He kept his head high and maintained his composure It was truly impressive.Over the course of the decades spent in the Metropol, a colorful cast of characters comes into the Count s life Despite the fact that he cannot leave the hotel, he always has something interesting going on Most notable were a handful of the hotel s employees, a famous actress and two young girls The first girl, a nine year old named Nina Kulikova, becomes a constant in Alexander s life when she has a prolonged stay at the hotel Alexander takes her under his wing, becoming a mentor of sorts Together, the two make a game of spying on the hotel s various occupants and become virtually inseparable Alexander counsels her on the characteristics of a princess Nina breathes life into his day to day existence.Years later, Nina returns to ask a favor of her old friend She needs the Count to watch over her daughter while she goes in search of her husband, who has been taken by the regime Alexander agrees.As time passes and there is no word from Nina, Alexander raises her daughter as his own Young Sofia is the source of his life s joy and purpose Along with the other members of the hotel staff that comprise his inner circle, Sofia is brought up to be a proper young lady Spanning decades, A Gentleman in Moscow provides romance and political intrigue It certainly is no small undertaking Accordingly, the story does seem to drag at times There was just so much time covered and so many changes occurring, while the Count s life remained rather stagnant at times Truly, that was his punishment to be excluded from life outside the hotel while having a bird s nest views to watch it from the windows and balconies.While I was taken aback by the beauty of this story at times, I also found myself bored for much of this book Sure, there were many things that I found to be quite interesting about the Count s life and the ongoing commentary on Russia s Bolshevik era politics However, I found my mind wandering frequently That being said, I do think that this book is worth a read It was interesting, if not always entertaining or gripping I certainly feel enlightened for having read this book It was a nice change for me Now, I think I ll jump right back into my preferred romance genre with a feel good story that is about as deep as a kiddie pool LOL.


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    5 The Hotel Metropol in Moscow, within sight of the Kremlin, will see much in the coming years It will also become the home and prison of the former person known as the Count Alexander Rostov Sentenced by a Bolshevk Tribunal,he is confined for life in this Hotel Summarily taken from the suite he had inhabited for four years, he is brought to the attic and given one of the storage rooms as his new home.One of the most wonderful and memorable characters one is fortunate to make the acquaintance of, the duke, no longer to be addressed as his excellency, will make the most of his imprisonment Through his eyes we will experience the many changes in Russia, from Stalin to Khrushchev, as the hotel is the home for many meetings and dinners of the top ranking members of the politburo A friendship with a young eight year old girl will bring color to his life that will last for over thirty years.This book as something for everyone, humor, some laugh at loud, some veiled, food and wine pairings, amazing friendships, much history, literature, architecture and philosophy, even American movies Some scenes that will surely leave you with a lump in your throat Words, and insights that had me putting the book down just to think about what I read Tightly constructed, things in the beginning that will come into play later in the book Such a brilliant rendering of time and place.I usually don t gush about a novel, but I loved everything about this book What I write can t really do it justice, but whenever I think about this story, these characters, it make me smile I wish they could step out of the book so I could meet them in person As much as I loved his first book, I appreciated this one Read it for yourself, I am sure there is something in it form you to appreciate.ARC from Netgalley.


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    Later Edit I thought about deleting my confession because I received a few complains saying I got too personal Most of my reviews are a bit but maybe a went too far with this one However, I thought better and the review stays because i want it to be a warning that this social platform, which should be a place to share our opinion of books with each other in a friendly manner sometimes becomes a stress factor There is a pressure to like some books because everybody does and you don t want to be the odd one out or you might feel reluctant to share your true feelings because some fanatics will attack you Guys, we are here for the same thing, the love of books in general We might not always agree but we should be kind to each other and respect other s opinions Ladies and gentleman I have a confession to make I pride myself that I am always honest in my reviews and for this reason I want to start the year with a confession about my original review of AGIM I was dishonest I increased my rating and I gave it a favorable review that was not in accordance to my real feelings I do not know why, probably because so many of my friends were in love with it and I felt that I should have had the same opinion During last year I ve thought about this book a lot and a negative review I read today by Jonathan made me decide to come clean My true opinion about this book is that it is neither charming or fun I could not stand the main character as I found him pretentious and superficial The plot lacked realism and I do not feel it reflects the Russia of that time I also have to admit that O only read 60% of it Original review I can define this book with one word, namely charming As the word s definition states, the book was very pleasant and attractive, thanks to its protagonist, count Alexander Rostov.When the Bolsheviks came to power Count Rostov is sentenced to home arrest in Hotel Metropol, one of the most famous and elegant establishments of this kind in Moscow Moved from his quarters to a small attic room, the Count needs to adjust to life in confinement and he does that with wit, dignity, poise and elegance He treats the hotel personnel with kindness and interest and makes unforgettable friends from the employees of the hotel and guests The most memorable is a little girl, Nina who becomes the count s guide into the secrets of the hotel The book reads as a beautiful fairy tale Its lack of realism and the count s capacity to be above all Russia s problems and also his own made me reduce one star I enjoyed this novel although I read it very slowly Some parts were marvelously enchanting others less so All in all a beautiful book, quite fitting for this season.


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    Just across the square from the Kremlin, is the Metropol Hotel, where Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov has a suite of rooms, but in 1922 he is sentenced to house arrest in that very hotel, and banished to a small attic room His crime He was found guilty of being the author of seditious poetry Other than that, I m not giving anything away.I ve found it difficult to review this one how do you convey how it really made you feel deep down when it s left such a wonderful impression On setting aside this book, it feels like I m leaving a friend behind, but let s start with the writing, it was just exquisite I actually felt as if I was in that attic room sharing his morning ritual of bitter coffee, biscuits and a piece of fruit For a man of entitlement, used to the many luxuries in life, he derives extreme pleasure from the most simple things He takes his incarceration with good grace, and spends his time reading and reflecting on life, a life lived to the full, and one with which he regales us with great wit He dines daily in one of two restaurants, the Boyarsky or the Piazza, and the meals eaten and the wine chosen to accompany these meals are described so accurately, it s almost impossible not to salivate at the thought of them.The characters in the story are delightful, and Alexander befriends many of them, including those who at the time would have been seen as being beneath him, given his title and position He is a kind, courteous and gentle man, and it s inevitable that you re going to love him as I did He left me with that feeling you get savouring a delicious hot chocolate on a cold winter s night warm, comforted, happy The storyline could have become monotonous, set as it was in this one hotel, but it wasn t it was a joy to see how Alexander adapted to his situation, but if I have one criticism it was that I found some of the narrative overly long Other than that, this was a gem of a story Thank you to Netgalley Random House UK Cornerstone for my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review


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