What’s That Book? A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Thank you to Barbara Vitelli from Book Club Mom blog for hosting me with a discussion about A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. What a fantastic book. Here is a powerful quote: “For the times do, in fact, change. They change relentlessly. Inevitably. Inventively. And as they change, they set into bright relief not only outmoded honorifics and hunting horns, but silver summoners and mother-of-pearl opera glasses and all manner of carefully crafted things that have outlived their usefulness.” Thank you for hosting me, Barbara.

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Welcome to What’s That Book, sharing book recommendations from readers and bloggers. Today’s guest reviewer is Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

Title: A Gentleman in Moscow

Author: Amor Towles

Genre: Historical Fiction

What’s it about? This book tells the story of the journey of the Bolsheviks and the Russian people from the Russian Revolution in 1917 to 1954 through the eyes of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, who becomes an ex-person, namely, a person who was previously a member of the Russian aristocracy.

Alexander was raised on an estate in Nizhny Novgorod province. His parents died when he was ten years old and he and his sister, Helena, were raised by his grandmother, the Countess. After the revolution in 1917 and the assassination of the Tsar, Alexander, who has been in exile in France due to rash and hot-headed behavior in his early 20s…

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14 thoughts on “What’s That Book? A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

    1. I never learned Russian history but I only took history at school. I have been learning about the cold war and before through my sons school history and my own research. This book was most interesting, I always like to read history through fictional characters. It makes it so much more interesting. This is a splendid book.

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  1. Thank you for sharing Robbie… Russian History I am not up on at all.. Apart from the obvious..
    I enjoy Historical Novels… set in certain time periods…
    Just haven’t had much time of late to read anything..
    Sending Love your way dear Robbie ❤

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    1. Hi Sue, it is lovely to see you out and about again. I have been listening to audio books while I do repetitive and boring tasks like hanging out washing. I am getting through a lot of classics this way. Have a lovely new week, Sue.

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    1. Hi Rebecca, thank you for recommending this book. It is a great one. I have subsequently read A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway and I am now reading To the Last Man by Jeff Shaara. It is also an excellent book if you are interested in war.

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