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Book Reviews & Essays on Literature

A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles

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Published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, New York, Sept. 6 2016, 480 pp., hard cover.This is a stylized, studied novel, about a stylish gentleman, written in elegant style. It has a fin-de-siècle feel to it, of events passing and times moving on, and of the struggle to adapt to changes or stay in the previous era. Towles conjures up a romantic and fascinatingly intricate pre-WWII-era hotel in Moscow, the “Metropol Hotel”, in which the main character, “Count Alexander Rostov”, lives. Readers will find this novel very entertaining and suspenseful – and the best bit, I can assure you, is the ending, and in order to understand it, you will have to remember what you read right at the start of the novel. (Continue reading…)

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