|(Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!)|
and loving it! I've only read a few pages and already I'm smitten with Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov. He's just been sentenced to live at the Hotel Metropol in Moscow over a poem. How crazy is that?! I couldn't help but think of the old adage, "The pen is mightier than the sword." Especially, as the Bolsheviks seem to take it to heart when questioning the Count over his "incendiary" poem. Then again, the real reason they want to prosecute the Count is due to the fact that he is an aristocrat. Yep, they believe that his social and economic class has corrupted him and now he must pay the consequences - to live out his days at the Metropol. If he steps one foot outside the hotel he will be shot. And so, he walks back to the hotel, accompanied by two armed soldiers. Upon entering his room he finds the Captain and two bellhops awaiting him. Turns out that he can no longer reside in such spacious quarters and must now relocate to a tiny cell/room in the attic. Any belongings he can't fit into his new abode will be made property of the People. The Counts packs up what he can and settles into his new room and his new life. And now, I can't wait to find out what he will get up to at the Metropol now that he is forced to live there.
I'm off to continue reading Amor Towles latest book, A Gentleman in Moscow
- it just went on sale September 6th. If you enjoyed his first book, Rules of Civility
, you are going to LOVE A Gentleman in Moscow
. I've barely begun the book and already can tell this will be one of my favorite reads of the year.
I'm looking forward to seeing your final thoughts. I'm over halfway through and just not as smitten as I thought I would be (RoC is one of my favorites). I'm not saying I don't enjoy it, but I think it's maybe just a little too slow for me?? I don't know. We can revisit when we're both done :)
Beth, thanks. From the first few pages I fell for Rostov and so I'm eager to find out what adventures he'll have while imprisoned at the Hotel. RoC was such an amazing book, that I couldn't help but be excited about his new one. That's disappointing you aren't as smitten, but Rostov isn't going to be everyone's favorite. I'm glad you are enjoying it though. Hopefully the remaining half you have left will pick up a bit. We'll definitely revisit when we're both done :)
I was offered this one but passed on it. Just too many books for me to read!
Ti, its so good! But I totally understand - too many books to get through :)
So different from Rules of Civility in so many ways but the writing was every bit as smart and witty and I became so, so invested in the characters. Tears may have been shed toward the end!
Lisa, it is and your are so right. Loved this book to bits :)
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