Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

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Early this year, I put out a call to friends and family for their book recommendations, as a way of expanding my reading horizons. A Gentleman in Moscow was one of the first to be recommended, and I'm so glad that it was (thanks, Elaine!) because I really enjoyed it, but I'm not sure I ever would have thought to pick it up on my own.

The Soviets declare poet Alexander Rostov a Former Person and "exile" him to the confines of the Metropol Hotel for the rest of his life. He befriends an interesting cast of characters (all staff or visitors to the hotel) and has amusing "adventures" within the hotel's walls. It is very charming and endearing and has tidbits of history and literature scattered throughout.

If you enjoy Amor Towles' writing, you might also want to try Rules of Civility. You can also find books about Russian history by browsing in the 947 section!

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