A Gentleman in Moscow

Paperback, 472 pages

English language

Published Nov. 18, 2019 by Penguin Books.

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When, in 1922, thirty-year-old Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, he is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel near the Kremlin. An indomitable man of erudition and wit, Rostov must now live in an attic room as some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold. Unexpectedly, the Count's reduced circumstances provide him entry into a world of emotional discovery as he forges friendships with the hotel's denizens. But when fate puts the life of a young girl in his hands, he must draw on all his ingenuity to protect the future she deserves. Hailed for its humor, intrigue, and beautifully rendered scenes, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the Count's endeavor to become a man of purpose. --back cover

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historical fiction covering the overthrow of the tsar to the world wars in Russia. didn't know much about Russian history so it was a delight to read / listen to. the writing style, befitting a gentleman, was quite formal so it listening meant I didn't need that period of adjustment to get the author's flow. I especially like the part when, as a detached former aristocrat, the count feels he is slowly becoming invisible and plans to kill himself with a ritualistic countdown. but then he is distracted by idea of honey bees and the next we see him, he is transformed into a working man, a fixture of the hotel, with concrete connections to the staff and a renewed purpose. the count adapted to his every circumstance, as history unfolded in Russia.

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