This is how I‘m starting my Memorial Day weekend 🥰
This is how I‘m starting my Memorial Day weekend 🥰
Been hooked on this great fabrication by Amor Towles since two days. Just three chapters through and the story seems to be setting a pace so intriguing and captivating. The premise shines bright and implores attention with each passing string of verbose with a didactic intent but not forgetting the importance of storytelling. Turns out that the book might prove itself to be a great summer read. Anyone else who can shed light on this title?
This is an epic story that takes us from the Revolution of the Bolsheviks through Alexander's life. The story is very well-told but does drag a bit in places. However, the story has some amazing characters that make the story so good. Highly recommend.
"After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we've just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration."
This was the last book I picked up at BEA 2016. I HAD to have it and I COULDN‘T WAIT to read it. Fast forward to 2019 and I still haven‘t read it 🙄 But I did hear the delightful and charming author speak tonight about this book, (and his first, The Rules of Civility) his inspirations and writing process. This book is going to be adapted into a multi-episode television show with Kenneth Branagh as the Count. I‘d better get to it!
I liked it a lot but didn't quite love it. Count Rostov is held under permanent house arrest in the Metropol Hotel and resolves to master his circumstances, rather than be mastered by them. Bravo! Though it doesn't make for a lot of narrative drive. He is charming and I enjoyed the urbane humour but my inner Bolshevik won't quite forgive his privilege either. I read Tsvetaeva and Akhmatova: they and their loved ones weren't dining in the Boyarsky!
There‘s an old saying: Even a dead cat will bounce if it‘s dropped from high enough. Well, it didn‘t bounce for me. The plot was too predictable and the characters not believable. For someone who knows a whole lot about Russia and lived through the atrocities of communism, this book didn‘t touch me at all. Americans should stick to writing about American culture and leave it to Russians to enlighten us what life in Russia was like.
“Among readers of European fiction, the character names in Russian novels are notorious for their difficulty. Not content to rely on given and family names, we Russians like to make use of homophobia, patronymics, and an array of diminutives. Such that a single character in one of our novels may be referred to four different ways in as many pages.”
Listening on Audible while hiking. Really enjoying so far. Love little Nina: “For the virtuous who have lost their way, the fates often provide a guide. “
"So while duelling may have begun as a response to high crimes... by 1900 it had tiptoed down the stairs of reason, until they were being fought over the tilt of a hat, the duration of a glance, or the placement of a comma."
(It never quite got to red pens at teatime behind the filing cabinet when I was a proofreader but I can't say it didn't get close sometimes!)
You should read this! Read this last year, it is now the book I tell they everyone they must read.
I also love Rules of Civility. Can't wait for Amor Towles next great work.
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Bookclub scored the tagged book very high. Everyone agreed the writing was excellent- words used to describe the book ... privileged, particular, over-ambitious. Most want to read his other book Rules of Civility Also some felt , why Moscow at that time ? It could have been a hotel anywhere.
Our next book is The Bone Clocks
But first we have the Cork Book Festival , So need to read Kit De Waal Anne Griffin , Billy OCallaghan & more will 👇🏻
Great question! I‘ve read quite a few outstanding books so far, but I think my favorite has to be ‘A Gentleman in Moscow‘ with ‘The Remains of the Day‘ coming in as a close second.
#UnpopularOpinion I loved the characters and was worried sick when smth bad was to happen to them, but overall impression wasn't that good.Quite a few historical inaccuracies caught my eye even though I'm not an expert. And it's hard for me to believe that such story could happen in reality.It's like a performance with lots of funny&dramatic moments, so I couldn't get serious about it #booked2019 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
A Gentleman in Moscow makes you stop, relax, and appreciate who and what is around you. Towles' novel is charming and full of wit, beautiful prose, and an endearing count who demonstrates true class and humaneness.
Stepping into Moscow 1922 today as I started a new book this morning. I loved Amor Towles' writing in Rules of Civility, and A Gentleman is Moscow is perhaps even more enjoyable so far at about 100 pages in - excellent writing and full of wit. And Towles' footnotes are cracking me up!
📘 Tagged book for people who like general and historical fiction. Also recommend A Man Callled Ove and Beneath a Scarlet Sky. Others come to mind for lovers of fantasy and Scifi.
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🍌🥪 Banana and Peanut butter sandwich
🤗 On it!
A Gentleman in Moscow... “ By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory...”
I‘m on the fence with this book ... would hVe bailed but it‘s IRL Bookclub...
I like this quote though , & we can apply it to how interesting our different tastes in books can be
I‘m finding it all a bit too “ clever “ - more #unpopularopinion from me 😬
Although , I‘m starting to get a bit fond of our gentleman
This book's pace is a remarkable combination of exquisite details, historical references and the relating of stories and events from the main character's life. It is utterly charming and I am especially enjoying the drool-inducing descriptions of food. It's a perfect read for a relaxed afternoon even you need to slow life down and breathe for a spell.
Oh, this book! What a beautiful journey this has been! Mr. Towles' writing flows naturally and magically, making the realities of the story all the more compelling. None more so than the Count - what a charming and interesting character. I also loved the key role that books and culture play, how utterly vital cultivating one's mind is. It's a beautiful and intelligent story, but above all, it's utterly humane and all the more well-worth the read.
Definitely in the minority here, but I thought this book was just alright. I‘m currently taking a Russian history class and it definitely gave me some interesting perspectives on the literature and historical events referenced in the book. I thought that the prose in this book was absolutely beautiful. What made it really meh for me was how seriously it seemed to take itself. Other than that it was good!
I am smitten by this book. Enthralled by the charm, humour, and wisdom of the endearing Count. The premise may seem non-thrilling, but you‘ll soon discover the varied fascinating characters and fall in love with all of them. Towles is an incredible writer with excellent grasp of detail and mood, while providing a look into Russia‘s history. Beautiful writing, wonderful story, a book to savour.
#Booked2019 #winter #newtoyouauthor
Let‘s hope we learn to appreciate the inconveniences in life before it‘s too late.
@Jas16 sent me this title from my Litsy TBR! thank you so much!! 💜your generous spirit made my day and I can't wait to read this! 🙌
This is what happens when an american writes an Austen novel set in russia. I wouldnt have thought i‘d like it so much, but this has been just a wonderful 30 year journey -a very long bottle episode- about personal values and those propagated by societyT and an ode to literature and friendship. The times they are a‘changing but man will always be man ❤️🎩
Pic of the actual Hotel Metropol Moscow lobby.
Count Alexander Rostov seems such an elegant man.
I almost have up on this one but I am happy I stuck it out. The author's attention to detail is phenomenal and the use of symbolism and foreshadowing the best I have encountered in recent novels.
Our next IRL Bookclub pick ... also , excitingly, to be made into a movie starring Kenneth Branagh ( @CarolynM 😍, can we deal with this excitement 👍🏻yes we can ! )
Also thinking #BooktoMovie
I‘ve had resistance to reading this one ... so I‘m glad I‘m being forced to 👍🏻