The Quintessential Lockdown Read: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

In 1922, the Bolsheviks took power in the newly formed Soviet Union. Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, convicted by a tribunal of being a writer of incendiary poetry and an irredeemable aristocrat, is sentenced to a lifetime of house arrest in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel. Proceeding from this premise, the narrative comprised the next thirty years of the Count’s adventures as he seeks to live authentically as a gentleman within the limitations of life as it is. Full of humor, energy, and pathos, this enchanting novel celebrates the Count’s triumph in this effort, achieved through alliances within the hotel and his own charm and graciousness. And, in these days of continuing restrictions, A Gentleman in Moscow offers not only entertainment but also inspiration and hope.


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