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Book Review: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

I am catching up on 4 reviews this weekend. I never normally operate like this – but I didn’t take my laptop on holiday. I normally like to read a book, write the review whilst its super fresh in my mind, THEN start a new book. Although I took notes throughout, these next few reviews are probably going to be a bit briefer than usual.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Genre: Historical fiction

BUG Rating: 4/5

Overall: This book really charmed me. It’s not a fast paced read or full of drama and twists. It’s something completely different. It has an original plot, with real depth to it making it such a fascinating read. The writing is so beautiful, with so much detail you feel you are really there. I was fully immersed into Count Rostov’s character and I fell in love. In fact, the book was full of rich characters throughout the decades that it covers. In 3 words: Captivating, Thought-provoking & Beautiful.

Every year that passed, it seemed a little more of her had slipped away; and I began to fear that one day I would come to forget her altogether. But the truth is: No matter how much time passes, those we have loved never slip away from us entirely.

Plot:

On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.

Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval.

Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?


Pros:

+ Absolutely beautiful writing – the small details made all the difference

+ Really rich characters

+ Witty – some parts really made me smile

Cons:

– Drawn out in parts


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