A Gentleman in Moscow has been downloaded through my Audible app for quite some time. Well before I posted my Summer Reading List. After finishing Since We Fell so quick, I wasn’t quite sure which to start on next. But having A Gentleman in Moscow handy, I started reading/listening to it June 21st and it took me exactly a month to get through.
A Gentleman in Moscow
Initially, I was intrigued by The Metropol. The deeper I got into the story, I soon felt as though the hotel had become a character itself. Amor Towles artfully described The Metropol with attention and detail. It didn’t take long before I was able to imagine myself inside the hotel with the Count.
In some ways I am reminded of The Dollhouse I read a few months ago, because as in A Gentleman in Moscow, the plot was in many ways surrounding of a building.
This novel spans decades, 32 years to be exact. After doing some research on the author’s website, I found out that the way he structured the timeline of the novel is called doubling principal. Therefore chapters advance as follows: one day after beginning point, two days after, five days, ten days, three weeks, six weeks, three months, six months, one year, two years, four years, eight years, and finally sixteen years after opening. This initiates the mid-point. The later half of the novel takes on the same but in descent.
Once I finished the book I feel as though that structure made sense. However, reading this book without that knowledge proved difficult at times to follow along.
Nonetheless, the way A Gentleman in Moscow covers the topics of tradition, politics, romance, loyalty, friendship, etiquette, responsibility and so forth is to be noted. In fact these are all of the reasons why you’ll fall for the characters in this novel. With 32 years to cover the cast is surprisingly not that hard to keep up with. Even those that only are seen briefly are memorable due to the ability of Towles to set a scene and embrace the cast.
The last half was simply superb. The relationship between Count Rostov and Sophia was adorable and brilliant. I could imagine his hesitation at their meeting.
Wit and humor are laced throughout the pages/minutes of A Gentleman in Moscow. While the initial portion of the book may be exhaustive, it may be quite important to building the feelings of not only the Count but the reader as well.
While the ending was wonderful, I still can’t overlook how tedious at times it was to get through the beginning of this novel. Yet, after finishing it, I am curious to add more sophisticated, historical fiction to my reading lists. Towles has another novel he wrote before called Rules of Civility. I think it will be worth checking out. Have any of you read either of his books? I’d love to know your thoughts!
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Last month, I reviewed the first book I checked off of this to-do list.
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