A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles

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Beautifully written, A Gentleman in Moscow is an unforgettable story full of wonderful characters. This was one of my favourite reads in 2018 and I am recommending it to everyone.

And it seems Bill Gates agrees with me! Read his review and recommendation for A Gentleman in Moscow in his top summer reads.

A heartwarming, lively and interesting story of finding purpose and relationships. Prepare to laugh and to cry – and fall in love with Count Rostov. He is charming. The very essence of a gentleman and one of those great characters you feel privileged to read.

“The Count took pride in wearing a well-tailored jacket; but he took greater pride in knowing that a gentleman’s presence was best announced by his bearing, his remarks, and his manners. Not by the cut of his coat.”


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.

“If a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them.”

Follow Up

  • Read Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

My Book 49 of 2018

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Published: 2016

Genre: Literary / historical fiction

Pages: 462

Click here for my full 2018 reading list


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