Let me start by saying, I first heard about this book from a recommendation made by Obama and I’ve been meaning to read it ever since. And like in almost all cases of novels that the former president recommended, “A Gentleman in Moscow” didn’t disappoint (for me the only one from his list, I didn’t appreciate was “All the Light We Cannot See“)
Small presentation of “A Gentleman in Moscow”
Amos Towles starts the story with the presentation of a young count named Alexander Rostov. It was a few years after the Russian Revolution and he was accused of writing a counter-revolutionary poem and sentenced to life imprisonment in Moscow’s Hotel Metropol.
The author manages to describe vividly the grandeur of the hotel’s interior, giving its readers a vast feeling about it. During his confinement, the count manages to make enemies, but also great friends, especially a little girl that will change his life forever in ways he couldn’t find to be possible. The years are passings, the count gets older and he starts working for the hotel’s restaurant which he loves deeply. During this time, Russia was changing daily right outside the wall of Metropol, but the life inside of it struggled to remain the same.
Badgery thoughts on the novel
“A Gentleman in Moscow” is not a story that will rap you up in an adventurous mode, but is so lovely written that you cannot read it without smiling once in a while.
I heard that this book will be adapted to a TV series that will star Kenneth Branagh and might I say that I think he will be perfect for the role of the adorable count Alexander Rostov.