A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles

  • Release Date: 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 5
From 681 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


  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By JaXdaKid13
    The language and the story line unfold like a fine wine revealing unexpected triumph and beauty in the face of imprisonment.
  • A gentleman in Moscow

    By 109 tigers
    A delightful and intriguing novel. The attention to the smallest details was delightful. Thank you Amor Towles. I can hardly wait to read your other books.
  • Gentlemen in Moscow

    By Berry boys
    LOVED IT! So sweet so beautifully written. Best book I've rad in a long while. Don't miss this one.
  • Enjoyable

    By SantafeNM
    Best book I've read in years. Don't miss.
  • A beautifully written tale

    By Bob.vn1
    So elegant, so understated and yet at times breathtaking, A Gentleman in Moscow captures the wonders of relationships and growing old with incredible charm and wit. As the Count's life unfolds in the Metropol hotel, all of the pieces of the mosaic of his life come to us with perfect order and pace - fit together in a story that I did not want to put down or to end.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By DirtPeddler
    Never moved to write a review, this book has compelled me to do so. Lovely in every way.
  • The problem with this book was not its ending, but that it ended.

    By Terribly Disappointed Parent
    I am an avid reader and it is a rare occasion that I absolutely fall in love with a book. I am in awe of how masterfully written this novel is, incorporating history, philosophy, culture, art and cuisine into an engulfing, witty piece about a character that otherwise would be difficult to relate to. I would love to see this made into a movie, but it would be impossible to capture its wonder on the screen. I am not looking forward to having to find another book to read after this one.
  • Thoughtful, unusual novel

    By Aguacongaz
    This book is beautifully written, and while nothing appears to be happening, the main character matures from a self-centered aristocrat to one who deeply cares for, and protects those around him. Quirky and interesting secondary characters. The story fits well into Russian history in the first half of the 20th century. Highly recommended!
  • Pulitzer!!!!

    By Shaye bae bae
    Yep! A Gentleman in Moscow is my pick for the Pulitzer Prize in literature for 2017 and I know it's only early February. It's that good!! Woven into this story of the history of the Russian Revolution through the eyes of a young aristocrat are love stories, unlikely friendships, philosophy, the love of literature, poetry, music, art and movies but mainly how the spirit can soar and persevere even in bondage. Take your time with this one and enjoy.
  • Favourite book in a while

    By Mischief Managed Merrell
    This book was difficult to put down, I used to be an avid reader & this is the first book I've been really drawn into since I had a baby 8 months ago. The writing was captivating & descriptive & I felt like I was reading a Wes Anderson film. Wonderful characters & rich, in depth story without too much drama & complicated plot twists. At points I literally laughed out loud & read more than a few funny captions to my husband. A wonderful story, highly recommend.