A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

fiction historical
emotional lighthearted medium-paced

462 pages | first published 2016

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

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.

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 hotel.

The mega-bestseller with more than 1.5 million readers that is soon to be a major television series

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hopeful 63%
reflective 57%
emotional 53%
lighthearted 46%
funny 38%
inspiring 31%
relaxing 21%
adventurous 16%
informative 15%
mysterious 8%
sad 7%
challenging 1%
tense 1%


medium 61%
slow 37%
fast 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 88% | No: 6% | N/A: 2% | It's complicated: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 93% | No: 4% | It's complicated: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 60% | Yes: 31% | It's complicated: 5% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 41% | No: 39% | It's complicated: 12% | N/A: 6%

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