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“Bolsheviks are a bore” – Recommendation: "A Gentleman in Moscow"

Uncle Duke

I just finished Amor Towles’s “A Gentleman In Moscow.”  Towles’ protagonist is Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov who is living in Paris at the start of the Russian revolution. Unlike many of his countryman, the count returns home out of love of his country and takes up residence in Moscow’s swankiest hotel.

Eventually, the communist regime sweeps him up and rather than summarily shooting him, he is sentenced to spend his remaining days inside the hotel. He can never step outside on pain of death.
This gives him a unique perspective on the changes sweeping across his country over several decades.

While the subject matter is interesting, Towles has a very breezy and lite style that held my interest as much as the story. Here is a review from the NYT

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