I know I’m late to the party on this one, but that’s okay, because I finally read it! It’s not like I’ve had A Gentleman in Moscow on my shelves (more like somewhere in a giant pile of books) since it came out and had it recommended to me personally twice. Definitely not. I should really learn to listen to people when they tell me to read things, because this book was amazing.
(All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.)
(From Goodreads) 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.
A Gentleman in Moscow is a truly enjoyable novel. I was sucked in to the story immediately, and couldn’t stop thinking about it whenever I put it down. It is a slower read, but it’s a story you should that should not be sped through. It’s not a thriller you can read in one day. There are a few exciting incidents, but, it’s mostly about the characters and the atmosphere, which are two things that make this book spectacular.
The vast majority of this novel takes place in a hotel, but it’s set over a several decades. Which means there is ample opportunity to get acquainted with an interesting cast of characters. While the novel centers around Count Rostov, we get to know everyone who comes in and out of his life during the years he lives in the Metropol hotel. Some of them are old friends who come back into his life, some are new. But all of them are dimensional characters who bring so much to this story.
I also really enjoyed this novel from a historical point of view. I thought it provided a great perspective on what happened to the aristocracy after the Russian Revolution. I’m pretty familiar with what happened to the Romanovs, and fairly knowledgeable with the changes most of the country experienced (I did take that one Russian history class in college). But I had never really thought about what happened to the nobility. And while I’m sure they all had different experiences, I really enjoyed reading about the fictional Count Rostov (not the other one in War & Peace).
★★★★★ – A Gentleman in Moscow is historical fiction at it’s best. I loved it so much. This was an easy five stars for me. I’s such a great novel. And I am really looking forward to the recently announced TV adaptation starring Kenneth Branagh.
A Gentleman in Moscow is available to buy wherever books are sold. You can pick up a copy on Amazon or in bookstores.
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