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.