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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 hotelWith his breakout debut novel Rules of Civility Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing sophisticated fiction bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style Readers and critics were enchanted; as NPR commented “Towles writes with grace a Vyshinsky Why did you write the poem?Rosov It demanded to be written I simply happened to be sitting at the particular desk on the particular morning when it chose to make its demandsVyshinksy And where was that exactly?Rostov In the south parlor at IdlehourVyshinksy Idlehour?Rosov The Rostov estate in Nizhny NovgorodVyshinksy Ah yes Of course How apt But let us return our attention to your poem Coming as it did in the subdued years after the failed revolt of 1905 many considered it a call to action Would you agree with that assessment?Rosov All poetry is a call to action Hotel Metropol MoscowThis is just a snippet from the appearance of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov before the Emergency Committee of the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs on 21 June 1922 Rostov was a member of the wrong class and a poet as well He was destined for a firing suad or an all expense paid trip to Siberia where he could still end up with a bullet in his head The way the Russians were deciding who was a threat to their new nation and the proper punishment to be enforced per case was so arbitrary and inconsistent that it was impossible to anticipate what your fate was going to be once you came before the Committee Luckily for all of us Rostov received a rather unusual punishment He was put under hotel arrest for the rest of his life He could not set foot outside the walls of the Metropol Hotel or he would be executed immediately Given the alternatives having to live in this grand hotel for the rest of his life was actually a gift It was a microcosm of a city with a barbershop clothing stores and restaurants readily available for a man with discerning needs He would finally have time to read though he had left his books in Paris when he decided to come back to Russia and was now stuck with the dusty tomes of his father They had different tastes He periodically made a stab at reading his father’s favorite book of Montaigne but soon discovered it was the perfect height to level his table Of course the beautiful room with the balcony that had plenty of space for his family possessions was taken away from him He was relocated to a small room in the attic He was constricted but aliveI was only a few pages in before I knew that the Count and I were not only going to be the best of friends but that he was also going to be a model for how a man of honor should conduct himself Here is an example of the Count telling us to reevaluate how we see the people we meet ”After all what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of the hotel? For that matter what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why no than a chord can tell us about Beethoven or a brushstroke about Botticelli By their very nature human beings are so capricious so complex so delightfully contradictory that they deserve not only our consideration but our reconsideration and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour”We do have to make a lot of snap judgements about people Rarely are they all that accurate though it is amazing how difficult it is to erase and rewrite the first impression we have of someone I’ve been surprised than once by discovering the depth of someone whom I thought was a shallow nincompoop We’ve all felt the sting of people judging us too harshly or seeing us for someone less than who we are I’ve experienced people actually loathing me leaving me baffled as to what I could have possibly done to induce this level of animosity Of course it has to be some misconception b

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A Gentleman in MoscowNd verve about the s and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change”A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov When in 1922 he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal the count 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 In the year 1922 Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov has been sentenced to House arrest at the famed Moscow Hotel Metropol Once of the landed elite of Nizhy Novgorod the Count must live out the rest of his days in one small hotel room As the Bolsheviks have persevered following their revolution no long are there ruling classes in Russia only comrades It is under these conditions that Count Rostov has become a former person who can no longer step outside of the Metropol Using this premise Amor Towles has woven prose to create an enchanting story that makes up the Count's changed course of existence Over time Count Rostov grew to call himself the luckiest man in Russia This realization however occurs after he has been in the hotel Metropol for over thirty and forged close friendships with her staff and inhabitants At first he is a once proud man who has had all of his material possessions taken away from him and has to make do with life in a room until the day that the Count encounters nine year old Nina altering the course of his life A precocious girl with an eye for adventure Nina takes the Count with her on all of her forays through the hotel No longer is the Count confined to a room with his books and manuscripts but at the whims of an enchanting palace House arrest becomes luxurious instead of the intended punishment Towles creates a compelling cast of characters to complement the Count none vital to sustaining his existence than Sofia Nina's daughter who she leaves in his care Rather than resenting this turn of events the Count raises Sofia as his own daughter and two become inseparable Yet Sofia is raised by the entire staff of the Metropol Emile the head chef of the Boyarsky restaurant; Andrey the maitre d' restaurant; Marina the seamstress who becomes a mother figure; and Vasily the concierge The group becomes like family over the course of the Count's house arrest and with the luxurious conditions of the lobby bar and restaurant it becomes evident that the Count is the luckiest man in all of Russia What makes A Gentleman in Moscow a true work of historical fiction are Towles' apt descriptions of life occurring outside of the Metropol's walls Stalin has taken control of the country and Russians can either join the party get shipped to Siberia or otherwise conveniently disposed of Relations with the west are tenuous at best but Towles relays these feelings in the Count's relations with American ambassador Richard Wilshire who becomes a key figure in the novel As long as one has friends within the party which the Count manages to attain even enemies like him can remain safe on a daily basis even if it means living within the walls of a hotel A Gentleman in Moscow evokes an era of the tsar when the city rivals Paris and London as a destination for elite classes throughout Europe A member of the landed aristocracy prior the Bolshevik Revolution Count Rostov is well versed in literature history and appears to be a true renaissance man Through his relationship with Nina and Sofia Towles shows the Count to have a genuine soft spot in his heart as well turning him into a truly memorable character A delight of an enchanting story to read A Gentleman in Moscow was worth the hype of the reviews I have read about it and rates 45 shiny stars

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read A Gentleman in Moscow mobi ð Paperback ´ amor towles Þ [KINDLE] ❆ A Gentleman in Moscow Author Amor Towles – 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 hotelWitAn 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 a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discoveryBrimming 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 5 The Hotel Metropol in Moscow within sight of the Kremlin will see much in the coming years It will also become the home and prison of the former person known as the Count Alexander Rostov Sentenced by a Bolshevk Tribunalhe is confined for life in this Hotel Summarily taken from the suite he had inhabited for four years he is brought to the attic and given one of the storage rooms as his new homeOne of the most wonderful and memorable characters one is fortunate to make the acuaintance of the duke no longer to be addressed as his excellency will make the most of his imprisonment Through his eyes we will experience the many changes in Russia from Stalin to Khrushchev as the hotel is the home for many meetings and dinners of the top ranking members of the politburo A friendship with a young eight year old girl will bring color to his life that will last for over thirty yearsThis book as something for everyone humor some laugh at loud some veiled food and wine pairings amazing friendships much history literature architecture and philosophy even American movies Some scenes that will surely leave you with a lump in your throat Words and insights that had me putting the book down just to think about what I read Tightly constructed things in the beginning that will come into play later in the book Such a brilliant rendering of time and placeI usually don't gush about a novel but I loved everything about this book What I write can't really do it justice but whenever I think about this story these characters it make me smile I wish they could step out of the book so I could meet them in person As much as I loved his first book I appreciated this one Read it for yourself I am sure there is something in it form you to appreciateARC from Netgalley