Fiction Bookclub “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles& U Dog too
April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm EDT
All doglovers & dogs are invited to join my coed bookclub on Tuesday, April 4 to discuss critically acclaimed, captivating, clever, gorgeous, beautifully constructed, wonderfully transporting, thought provoking, brimmimg with humor, irresistible historical fiction,”A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles.
The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a Showtime/Paramount series starring Ewan McGregor as Count Alexander Rostov. From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway and Rules of Civility, a beautifully transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.
We’ll enjoy a stimulating & fun discussion with wonderful booklover company,while enjoying a virtual happy.I can’t wait til I see you if I have the privilege on April 4 & our prior bookclubs if we’re fortunate.
“Who will save Rostov from the intrusions of state if not the seamstresses, chefs, bartenders and doormen? In the end, Towles’s greatest narrative effect is not the moments of wonder and synchronicity but the generous transformation of these peripheral workers, over the course of decades, into confidants, equals and, finally, friends. With them around, a life sentence in these gilded halls might make Rostov the luckiest man in Russia.”The New York Times Book Review
“Towles gets good mileage from the considerable charm of his protagonist and the peculiar world he inhabits.”The New Yorker
“The novel buzzes with the energy of numerous adventures, love affairs, [and] twists of fate.”The Wall Street Journal
“The book is like a salve. I think the world feels disordered right now. The count’s refinement and genteel nature are exactly what we’re longing for.”Ann Patchett
“How delightful that in an era as crude as ours this finely composed novel stretches out with old-World elegance.”The Washington Post
“A winning, stylish novel.”NPR.org
“Irresistible . . . In his second elegant period piece, Towles continues to explore the question of how a person can lead an authentic life in a time when mere survival is a feat in itself . . . Towles’s tale, as lavishly filigreed as a Fabergé egg, gleams with nostalgia for the golden age of Tolstoy and Turgenev.”O, The Oprah Magazine
“And the intrigue! . . . [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery . . . a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.”The San Francisco Chronicle
“The same gorgeous, layered richness that marked Towles’ debut, Rules of Civility, shapes [A Gentleman in Moscow].”Entertainment Weekly