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A Gentleman in Moscow
A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel | Amor Towles
The book moves briskly from one crisp scene to the next, and ultimately casts a spell as captivating as Rules of Civility, a book that inhales you into its seductively Gatsby-esque universe. Town & Country From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civilitya transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel With 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 and verve about the mores 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 an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotels doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway 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 counts endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose. From the Hardcover edition.
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LeaKell
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I will be reading more of Amor Towles in the near future. I enjoyed escaping away to the enduring and clever life of Count Alexander

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AllDebooks
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#AuldLangSpine @monalyisha @jenniferw88

I'm not sure what I was expecting reading this lonely book that has been sat on my bookshelf for far too long. It certainly wasn't to be so moved, entertained or enthralled by Count Roskov and his Gatsby-like lifestyle as he's confined to house arrest at the Metropol, for being a Former Person. The story moves elegantly through the different stages of his life with great aplomb.
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AllDebooks This story contains so much detail from Moscow's elite society pre Revolution, class, equality, liberty, politics, war, hotel escapades and assignations. All written with the driest of wit and vitality. Loved this and highly recommend it. 2w
Karisimo An all time favorite for me! 2w
Bren912 I fell in love with this Gentleman!!! Great read! 2w
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AllDebooks @Karisimo @Bren912 I really did enjoy it so much. All the time I was reading, it played in my head like one of those Cary Grant/Katherine Hepburn screwball comedies. Loved it and I'm quite sad it's over. I shall miss the Count! 2w
jenniferw88 Glad you loved it! I'm hoping to get to another of yours but have got to finish Alan's diaries first, as they're all on my Kindle and don't want to be flicking between 2 on there. 2w
AllDebooks @jenniferw88 Are you enjoying it? I got it for Christmas and read a little every other day. I'll definitely be reading more from your tbr, not just in January either. We have very similar taste and I trust your judgement. 😊 Next up 2w
jenniferw88 @AllDebooks Yes, he's making me laugh, just got to the start of the Harry Potter films and Love Actually! 2w
Sapphire Madly Deeply is on the list for my husbands non fiction group at the public library. I am planning to read it and go with him for that one. Looking forward to it. 2w
AllDebooks @Sapphire 😊 Enjoy! 2w
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Bklover
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February picks for #roll100. Not disappointed in any of them!

IndoorDame Ooh, A Gentleman in Moscow is one of my favorites! ❤️ and I may also be reading Godmersham Park next month if my copy arrives before then (edited) 2w
Bklover @IndoorDame I have a really pretty copy of Godmersham Park that I bought on ThriftBooks. Looking forward to it! 2w
IndoorDame @Bklover I‘m really looking forward to it too! 2w
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AllDebooks
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#Bookreport @Cinfhen

I have already had some incredible reads since the start of the year & we're only going into week 2!
All of my completed books were 3.75 - 4 ⭐️ ratings.

About to start Middlemarch for #Pemberlittens. I'm halfway through Demon Copperhead & The book of eels, enjoying both immensely.

Up next tagged for #ALSpine & The Night Watchman for #AuthorAMonth
@monalyisha @jenniferw88 @Soubhiville

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I almost forgot to do this!

#12booksof2022 @Andrew65 September

#litsylovereads

Andrew65 One of my favourites. 1mo
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AllDebooks
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#AuldLangSpine

Kicking off the New Year with Amor Towles. All of these chosen books have been on my tbr list since publishing. @monalyisha You did a great job matching me with @jenniferw88
This is going to be fun!!

IndoorDame This is on my list of favorite books of all time! I hope you enjoy!!! 1mo
AllDebooks @IndoorDame well that's a recommendation. I'll let you know 😊 1mo
Karisimo @IndoorDame on my all time fav list too!!! 1mo
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monalyisha Can‘t wait to see your reviews — especially for The Ardent Swarm and A Tale for the Time Being! 1mo
jlhammar Amazing list! I loved all of these (with the exception of The Ardent Swarm which I haven‘t read). 1mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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The BEST (literary?) historical novel I've ever read. Absolutely enchanting writing. I can't remember the last time I laughed in pure delight so many times at the passages contained in one book. So perfectly balanced with the darker side of historical Russia authentically sprinkled throughout the various decades we get a glimpse of. I was reminded of Still Life; its mix of pathos and charm, the focus on indomitable spirits.
⚠️Briefsuicidalideation

Cuilin Wonderful book. Loved it. 1mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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The virtues of reconsideration. 👌🏻

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Robotswithpersonality
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Moustache migration!
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Robotswithpersonality
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Bittersweet reading experience: when you're enchanted by the writing but sad for the circumstances described.
Books that strive for emotional manipulation, *cough*Kazuo Ishiguro*cough* drive me batty, but books that enchant even while not being fluffy in subject matter suck me right in.

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Lizthewiz
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Mehso-so

Let me start by saying, this book was beautifully written. I could picture everything easily and I can‘t wait to see the tv show. However, the book just moved too slowly for me, which is why I‘m giving it a “so-so” rating.

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annahenke
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I really loved this book even though it was more more of a slow and savor read then I usually go for. The writing is phenomenal with such delicacy and detail. The character development is superb and there are definitely some surprises. Overall, an excellent novel. #winterreadathon Book 4 Finished @Andrew65 sorry I can‘t remember who else to tag!!

IndoorDame One of my all time favorites! 2mo
annahenke @IndoorDame just excellent! 2mo
DieAReader Great job!😉🤓📚♥️ 2mo
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RebL I love this book too! 2mo
annahenke @DieAReader thank you!! 2mo
annahenke @RebL awesome!! Love to find shared book loves!! 2mo
bookandbedandtea One of my all time favorites! 1mo
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AllDebooks
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Time to get planning January's readlist for my participation in #AuldLangSpine
Thank so much for all your hard work organising this @monalyisha I have a perfect match in @jenniferw88 I've already read 1, 2, 4 & 12. The majority of the rest are on my tbr list. 😊 The tagged is a definite January read. I've been meaning to read it .... forever!

jenniferw88 Ooh, good starting book - ideal with a hot chocolate! I read it in September but think it will be a brilliant winter read. 2mo
jenniferw88 And I have you and #naturalitsy to thank for #12 - it gave me the push I needed to finally read it, as I've had it on my Kindle since December 2020! 2mo
AllDebooks @jenniferw88 lol, I'm the same, had it for years and never got round to reading it! 2mo
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LibraryCin
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It was pretty slow-going and I was bored so I skimmed some of the book. A little girl “the Count” met, Nina, was slightly interesting for a very short time. Later on, Sofia was occasionally interesting. The book gets the extra ¼ star for the ending, but for the most part, nothing happened and it was boring. I realize my opinion does not agree with most.

Ruthiella I didn‘t like his debut, which is also very popular, so I‘ve shied away from reading anything else. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella This one is much better I thought! 2mo
rwmg @BarbaraBB I agree. It was a struggle getting through “Rules of Civility“ but I really enjoyed this one (which fortunately I read first). My book club's first choice for 2023 is “The Lincoln Highway“, which I must admit I'm eyeing with some trepidation. 2mo
LibraryCin @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @rwmg i didnt like rules of civility eitg 2mo
LibraryCin *either 2mo
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Cathyloves2read
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I didn‘t want this book to end! This is the 2nd book by A. Towles that I loved.I can‘t even say which I loved more, which says alot.The characters were amazing.This authors attention to detail made me want to visit the Metropol, but I won‘t be visiting Moscow anytime soon.So many events took place while the Count was under house arrest, you‘d hardly believe that the majority of this story took place in this one setting.I highly recommend this book

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Nathan_Opland-Dobs
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😍

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Kgaudiuso
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Never in my life, has it taken me so long to read a book. I had a friend recommended this book to me, so I felt obligated to finish it, but there were thousands of words that could have been removed from this book to make it so much more enjoyable. I had to skim over so many biting paragraphs, that I felt were completely unnecessary, just to get through this. If you have all the time in the world, have at it. Me? I just do not have the time.

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Catsandbooks
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📚tagged. Get a life chloe brown.
🖊Chloe Gong. John Green. Romina Garber.
📺Grey's Anatomy! The Good Place. The Great. Gossip Girl. Great British Baking Show. Gilmore Girls. Ginny & Georgia.
🎤The goo goo dolls
🎶Giants- walk the moon. Good girls go bad- cobra starship. Get lucky- daft punk.

Ik it's late but I love to play!
#manicmonday #letterG

CBee Love seeing your answers on Monday or any day! 😃 4mo
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melissajayne
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📚 A Gentleman in Moscow, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Giver, The Giver of Stars, A Great and Terrible Beauty
🖋 Joanna Goodman, Philippa Greggory, Daisy Goodwin
📺 Grey's Anatomy, Game of Thrones
🎥 The Godfather (Pts 1 & 2)
🎤 Greenday
🎶 Genie in a Bottle - Christine Aguliera, Gangnum Style - Psy, Get Back - The Beatles, Grace - U2, Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac

#manicmonday #letterg

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#ManicMinday @cbee #LetterG

📘 A Gentleman In Moscow
✒️ Neil Gaiman
🎬 Good Will Hunting
🎤 Green Day
🎶 Gold Dust Woman

Just a day late. Forgot to do this one yesterday.

CBee Another good G song from Fleetwood Mac ♥️ 4mo
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Deblovestoread
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📚 tagged and The Great Believers
🖋 Yaa Gyasi
🎞 Grease 📺 Glee
🎤 Green Day
🎼 Good Times Roll (The Cars) Good Riddance (Green Day) Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John) Goodnight Saigon (Billy Joel‘s

#ManicMonday #LetterG

RaeLovesToRead 🎶 It's something unpredictable, that in the end is right.. I hope you have the time of your life 🎶 😭😭 4mo
CBee Good choices 😊😊 4mo
RamsFan1963 Goodnight Saigon is one of my favorite Billy Joel songs 4mo
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annahenke
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#superseptember day 1 @Andrew65

Finished:
📚Thirsty by Mia Hopkins

In Progress:
📖 A Gentleman in Moscow p. 165
📖 Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown 15%
🎧 The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion 26%

Good progress!

Andrew65 A good start 👏👏👏 4mo
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jenniferw88
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I can see why this is so many people's favourite - it's become one of mine too!

#booked2022 #setinahotel @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Yay!!! Loved this book ♥️so happy you loved it too!!! 5mo
BarbaraBB The best book for this prompt! Happy you loved it! 5mo
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xicanti
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August stats! I didn‘t find any 5-star reads last month, but I loved the hell out of both the tagged book and ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS by Francesca Zappa.

The $2 Sweet Valley High omnibus accounts for 12 of the 15 books I bought. It‘s been fun so far, as a cultural artifact if nothing else.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome 👏🏻 5mo
ImperfectCJ Someone just recommended A Gentleman in Moscow to me this weekend. I think two mentions in a week is a sign that I should pick it up! 5mo
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Karisimo
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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

#littenswanttoknow
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the first two!! 5mo
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Tonton

Book to screen news: Kenneth Branagh replaced by Ewan McGregor as Alexander Rostov in Showtime‘s adaptation Scheduled to air in 2023.

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andrew61
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This is IRL bk grp choice + I'm not sure I wd have read this otherwise so really pleased as it was a joy to immerse myself in Count Rostov's forced occupation of the Moscow metropole Hotel from 1922 to 1954. The story is gentle and the bk long but I was never bored as he meets so many different characters. I just wished I'd known what happened to nina. Perfect for;
#booked2022 #setinahotel @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Such a gorgeous review!! I loved this book too!! So glad you picked it up 😄 5mo
kspenmoll I adored this book! Nice review! 5mo
Aims42 Great review!! I love revisiting this book 🥰 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one!! 5mo
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Scochrane26
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Someone may have already posted this, but I just saw it. I got to see McGregor very briefly in May at Star Wars Celebration. I didn‘t know there was a plan for a show, so I‘m excited about that & the casting. So many of us love this book!

CBee Well, this just bumped it up on my list! I love Ewan McGregor 🥰 5mo
Soubhiville I did love this book. I hope the adaptation does it justice. 🙂 5mo
Kimberlone OMGGGGGGG! 5mo
mcctrish Oh I hope this adaptation works too ❤️ 5mo
Scochrane26 @Soubhiville @mcctrish I hope they do it justice, too. It sounds promising that it‘s a show & not a movie. 5mo
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Karisimo
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Is anyone else super excited about this???!!!

https://amzn.to/3PKfftX

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Aims42
Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
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#LetterG goes to The Count in “A Gentleman in Moscow”
#LetterH goes to all the wonderful and amazing characters in “The House in the Cerulean Sea”
#LetterI goes to “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue”

#AlphabetGame

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cerulean Sea is one of my favorites 🌊 💙 6mo
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kspenmoll
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#alphabetgame #LetterG #LetterH

A Gentleman in Moscow I read with my bookclub- everyone loved it. House of Gold was a buddy read with Litsy- For the most part,I enjoyed it.

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Deblovestoread
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Going to mix it up a bit. Tagged is one of my air time favorites. A G book I hated was Gone Girl….I know it is a very unpopular opinion🤷🏻‍♀️ and on my TBR is Great Circle.

#AlphabetGame

Tagging anyone who wants to play

Susanita I didn‘t really like GG either. 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 6mo
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TheSpineView
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#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#LetterG

Hands down my favorite "G" book is A Gentleman in Moscow.

Want to play? @wanderinglynn @Tera66 @fredamans @bthegood

wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! 😀 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I loved this book too 👌 6mo
fredamans Thanks for the tag! 6mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures One of my favorites 💓 6mo
TheSpineView @wanderinglynn You're welcome! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Count ❤️🖤 6mo
bthegood thanks for the tag - 6mo
TheSpineView @bthegood You're welcome! 6mo
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Andrew65
A Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
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#TheAlphabetGame #LetterG

The letter G has to be for Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov and the brilliant A Gentleman in Moscow.

@AlwaysBeenALoverOfbooks @allylu @CBee @Crazeedi @Caitz @Pageshifter

Bren912 I Loved The Gentleman!! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm One of my favourites too👌 6mo
CBee Must get to this soon! 6mo
kspenmoll My puck for “G” too. What a wonderful book! 6mo
Andrew65 @CBee You will love it. 6mo
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Blueberry
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NataliePatalie Ok your letter was too easy lol 6mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Includesamap
#ArtfulAugust

🗺📚❤️🖤

I love the Count!!

TheSpineView Agree!❤️ 6mo
Eggs Such a great book 💗💗💗 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs yes!! 🖤❤️ 6mo
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DisneyFan
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#bookspinbingo
July 2022

Unbelievably good. Savored the writing. I can‘t believe I put this off for so long because so many people said it was slow and difficult to read. It was neither. I‘d say it was brilliant. I think I will be re-reading this more than once.

JackOBotts This is one of my favorites! Glad to see you enjoyed! 💜 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
TheSpineView I have read it 3 times and loved it each time! 6mo
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DLQBOOKNERD I started this and couldn't get into. I'll have to try again. 6mo
DisneyFan @JackOBotts Yes, it is definitely a favorite for me too. I was thrilled that due to the alphabetical order of the authors last names, this book was placed next to Tolkien. Very appropriate and deserving of that spot ! 6mo
DisneyFan @TheAromaofBooks So if I finish Nomadland, which I started, would that mean I get a bingo because of the free spaces? 6mo
DisneyFan @TheSpineView Yes! I never write in books but will pick up some post it notes and post it arrow things from Target so that I can reread soon and mark some of the incredible passages to easily find in future. I love reading actual books but kindles are great for this feature. 6mo
DisneyFan @DLQBOOKNERD Yes, this sat on my shelf for years because I was intimidated by all the people who said it was difficult. Please do try it again and put yourself in the right frame of mind. No distractions, maybe burn a scented candle . Read it slow. It will draw you in like quicksand, slow at first, then really fast at the end. 6mo
TheRiehlDeal @DLQBOOKNERD Same with me. I read the first few pages and couldn‘t get into it. I hear a lot of good things about this book though! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Technically you would have to read the books that are marked by the free spaces, as they are free in the sense of whatever-book-you-want rather than you-don't-have-to-read-a-book haha but since I'm pretty flexible, I say take your wins where you can get them!! 😂 6mo
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violabrain
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I‘ve been enjoying reading books that come highly recommended but about which I know nothing. This book was not at all what I expected it to be, but it was completely delightful, touching, witty, and wonderful.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love the Count ❤️🖤 8mo
TheSpineView Loved this book! 8mo
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Eggs Perfect 😍 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the Count 🖤❤️ 8mo
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terryduncan5719
A Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
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Tis book was outstanding! Some people have told me the beginning was slow, but I was intrigued from the beginning. The writing! It read like a classic novel. The author's word choices were outstanding. The character development was excellent. I honestly cannot describe how much I enjoyed this book. I recommend it strongly!

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Mehso-so

This was a slow build story, filled with the many little adventures of the lifetime resident of the Metropol Hotel. The stories were feel good and whimsical. I found myself getting frustrated, as it felt like the story wasn't really going anywhere. It picked up right when I was about to give up on it. Overall, it was a feel good story with some plot twists thrown in!

terryduncan5719 I agree the beginning was a bit slow, but the writing was so good. Didn't you think the way the plot twist led to the ending was outstanding? 8mo
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starlight97
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"As it turns out, one can revisit the past quite pleasantly, as long as one does so expecting nearly every aspect of it to have changed."

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Dcueto
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Readergrrl I don‘t know where you are, but I want to be there too. I missed my trip to the beach this year! 9mo
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282Mikado
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐+ It has been a long time since I have been able to place a contemporary writer amongst my favorites. Amor Towles has that distinction. There was not a page of this book I did not enjoy. I cannot wait to read another, and I will likely read this again.

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I am at a loss of words. This book was well beyond my expectations. It was funny. It was sad. A reminder of how we can either overcome our circumstances or be overcome by them. Count Rostov is by far one of the most wonderful characters I've had the joy of meeting in all my years of reading. This book is more than worthy of your time. I'll definitely re-read this. #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
Bigwig This novel was terrific, one of my favorite reads in recent years. 11mo
terryduncan5719 It made me think of the classics. Reminded me how much I l39ved them 8mo
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Marialou
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This is a fascinating and lovely book. It‘s a quiet book; telling years of modern Russian history through the lens of a single man imprisoned in a hotel. It‘s full of cultural and political history but really it‘s about the life of a man; about his day to day existence, the things he witnesses, what he loves and what he hopes for. It‘s a very lush book too with gorgeous and evocative description.

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Great finish to this book! Although it did take me some time to get into the swing of it. That‘s no fault of the book, it‘s just been a busy month for me.
This book and it‘s prose is elegant, refined, witty and interesting - much like the gentleman it refers to.

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282Mikado
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Amor Towles has a definite understanding of the human nature, regardless its situation. I actually laughed out loud at the referenced quote. True Bolshevik.

BookDadGirlDad I just read that section this week! Loving this book! 11mo
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