A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles

  • Release Date: 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 6,262 Ratings


From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility and the forthcoming novel The Lincoln Highway, a story about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel—a beautifully transporting novel. 

The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a major television series

“Perhaps the ultimate quarantine read . . . A Gentleman in Moscow is about the importance of community; the distance of a kind act; and resilience. It's a manual for getting through the days to come.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

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.


  • Like it so much

    By l love it but l want an update
    I like it so much I’ve read it months ago and it really was great and feels so real (that I thought it was real too)I’m waiting now the release of “Lincoln highway” and expect the same perfection!( this review is from a fan of the Russian literature and the word “ Moscow” was the first reason of my reading and it didn’t let me down).
  • Loved this one!

    By Chris3567733
    Great read with a view into an amazing time of change for Russian society and the world.
  • a 13 year old girl’s opinion nobody asked for

    By #LoveTheAppstore
    Three stars. Why, you may ask? Oh I’ll tell you why, plain and simple. Boring. Yes, it is boring, well written? Yes, the vocabulary and the dialogue is all great, but there simply is no action. The man is always just cruising around the hotel and always doing the same thing over and over again. I read the synopsis and thought it would be an eventful, action filled book. What we are essentially looking at is a man who is restricted from exiting a hotel located in Moscow. This brings for a very anticlimactic plot because the man and the readers only get to know what is going on inside the building. I almost considered returning it because I have so many other books to read, but yeah, this definitely wasn’t my favorite book. If you are looking for good historical fiction, check out Ruta Sepetys, she is an excellent historical fiction author! And of course they are loads more to discover too!
  • Boring. Irrelevant. Well-written but empty.

    By Yeshhhhh
    In the hundreds of historical fiction novels I’ve read, most have a captivating story where characters are placed in the middle of great historical events. This book is the antithesis of that. Our protagonist is seemingly shielded from a period of time in Russia when there is so much happening. While the Revolution, the purges, WW2, the Cold War are all happening we are trapped with an out of touch man doing unimportant things in an unimportant place with unimportant people. If your interest is how to be a good waiter in 1930’s USSR then this book is for you. If you’d like a story that means something, I’d look elsewhere.
  • Verbose

    By russ kram
    Great story,but very long with much artful ,creative dialogue that was unnecessary.
  • Slow start!

    By nowayimgivingmyname
    Started it then put it down. I should have given it a bit more time. On my second try, I was hooked by page 45...so well written. It’s a great story with wonderfully developed characters.
  • Delightfully entertaining.

    By 673403
    An enjoyable fiction laced with historical notes.
  • A charming aristocrat thrives

    By David H Dennis
    In the most unexpected of environments. A brilliant, funny and delightful character study.
  • Beautiful

    By ajain22
    Beautifully written. A little slow in the beginning while I was getting used to the Author’s style. Some lines were so good that I re-read them multiple times. This should be part of school curriculum for kids to read in high school. Highly recommend.
  • Kept my interest

    By flipflopsforever83
    The main character’s charm kept my interest from page one.