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A Gentleman In Moscow

October 2017 book selection

A Gentleman In Moscow

by Amor Towles

October 4, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

House arrest has existed in Russia since the time of the Czars. When the main character, Count Rostov, becomes a prisoner at The Metropol Hotel his life will change forever. As the main character in our October book selection, A Gentleman In Moscow, the Count's adventures in the hotel start out reminding us of another person who lived in a similar hotel. Eloise, the wonderful little girl featured in many children's books, lived with her nanny, her turtle and her pug dog Weenie in The Plaza in New York City.  Her exploits may have been one of the influences on Amor Towles' characters Nina and Sofia in this book. Having read every Eloise, and this book twice, I am happy to say that all the characters in both books are quite charming, even if slightly devious. Even the chef, the Maitre D' and the concierge have fully developed senses of humor and loyalty.

Please join us as we bring these characters to life one last time.  We'll meet in the Community Room on October 10 at 6 pm and 2pm. Please join us.

September 27, 2017

There are so many characters in literature that I wish I had known personally. While reading Amor Towles' novel, A Gentlemen In Moscow, I wished I could be in the dining room with Count Rostov, or in the kitchen with the chef, or in the apple orchard with Mishka. A really great book drags you so far into the lives of it's characters that you never want to let them go. This was one of those books. Read this lengthy tome, and I dare you not to look around for the charming and mischievous one eyed cat.

If the characters can't stay around forever at least they will be at our meetings on October 10, so please join us at either 2 or 6pm to bring them back to life.

September 20, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

A Gentleman In Moscow has, for me anyway, many requirements that will make a book one of my favorites. A lovely one eyed cat, several charmingly bright children, a glamorous hotel and a caper to find the ingredients for a perfect bouillabaisse in an otherwise food bereft Moscow. Amor Towles' latest novel is far from a documentary on life in post World War One Russia. It is a loving tribute to the men and women who, against all odds shared a delightful life within the very glamorous walls of The Hotel Metropol. In a period of time when men were strong, vodka drinking brutes, several female characters emerge here, as witty, wise and strong. Nina, Sofia and Anna Urbanova, a willowy actress combine in what I might call a troika of strength and humor.

Please join us on October 10 at either 2pm or 6pm to talk about them.

September 12, 2017

A Russian novel that spans decades and has characters with difficult to pronounce names and many footnotes hardly sounds like something to enjoy at the beach, or in a hammock whiling away a Summer day. Well, my friends, this one most certainly is. A Gentleman In Moscow, the latest wonder from Amor Towles, is the hit of every season and for good reason.  It is an absolute delight.

Our hero, Count Ilyich Rostov,  born in St. Petersburg in 1889 is put under house arrest at the Hotel Metropol in 1922. As an enemy of the state and a "former person" he has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life there. Fortunately for him, and for us, he meets another, not so permanent resident of the hotel, a six year old charmer of a little girl named Nina. Their escapades fill out the first part of this book, and lead us into the adventurous second half.

It's a wonderful book, with terrific characters, and a real feel for Moscow in the first half of the 20th Century.  Please join us to talk about The Count, Nina and the rest of the cast on Tuesday, October 10 at either 2pm or 6pm.