A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles a Book Review

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles a Book Reviewwww.endrebarath.com

It has been a while since I wrote a book review. It’s not that I haven’t been reading,  it’s that a book hasn’t struck  a chord in me enough that I felt compelled to write a review.  Not that I’m an expert on book reviews!

So, Diane has been consistently prodding me (nagging me!) to read this book for the past three to four years.  She’s been a huge fan of Amor Towles ever since she read Rules of Civility (which I have not read).  On her birthday __ years ago, she was over the moon to attend an author luncheon hosted by one of our local indie bookstores, Diesel in Brentwood, to promote A Gentleman in Moscow. As luck would have it, she went to the luncheon solo and when she checked in, she sat at the table with Amor Towles because there was one seat vacant at his table. She gushed over this when she got home, and could not say enough good things about Amor Towles. 

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Onto my review of A Gentleman in Moscow! Having lived in Communist Hungary, the setting of a certain Count Rostov’s 30-year house arrest in the Metropole Hotel of Communist Moscow did not intrigue me. Although the book was on every best seller list, that discouraged me even more as I grumbled to myself that I was not going to read a “fad” book.  (Mind you, Diane is an avid reader, not phased by popular reading lists, so I should perhaps learn to trust her reading judgment a bit more.)

Fast forward to March 13th, 2020, when the California Lockdown (otherwise known as “sheltering in place” began.)  I started counting the days, then the weeks and ultimately the months we too were under house arrest, and I couldn’t shake the thoughts of A Gentleman in Moscow. I reconsidered and thought now might be the perfect to read this book. With that said, I gave in!  

Amor Towles’  possesses writing skills beyond masterful; there are a few quotes I found so powerful that I feel compelled to share them, particularly given the current situation of the world. I have been trying to convince Diane that she should embrace the clock having been turned back about 60 years or so thanks to the politicians and their response to the Covid 19 Pandemic:

“…the endeavors that most modern men saw as urgent (such as appointments with bankers and the catching of trains), probably could have waited, while those they deemed frivolous (such as cups of tea and friendly chats) had deserved their immediate attention…”

Today on a regular basis, I see parents walking with their children, dog owners walking their dogs. These were scenes that were seldom seen in my neighborhood. I have to admit I will be saddened when this is no longer the case – I’m sure the children and the dogs will agree with me!

As a Beverly Hills Realtor, I have been making the most of spending all quality time at home with our pets, cooking and generating listings and sales without leaving home other than to shop for people food, wine and pet food . Hence, I relate to Count Rostov:

″‘…Who would have imagined,’ he said, ‘when you were sentenced to life in the Metropol all those years ago, that you had just become the luckiest man in all of Russia…‘”

“…adversity presents itself in many forms; and that if a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them…”

Reflecting on statues being destroyed and names being erased from U.S. history, I could not help but share this quote:

“Our churches, known the world over for their idiosyncratic beauty, for their brightly colored spires and improbable cupolas, we raze one by one. We topple the statues of old heroes and strip their names from the streets, as if they had been figments of our imagination. Our poets we either silenced or wait patiently for them to silence themselves.”

And one last quote:

“And when that celestial chime sounds, perhaps a mirror will suddenly serve its truer purpose—revealing to a man not who he imagines himself to be, but who he has become.”

Friends, although I said I could take note from books recommended by Diane, I think in retrospect I made the best decision putting this book off until now – while A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is indeed a 5* read, I think that reading it now in our current circumstances (or re-reading) gives it even more depth, understanding and enjoyment than ever before. Bravo Amor Towles!

 

 

Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments.

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Rainmaker
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Olga Simoncelli  too bad you did not like the book, so inquiring minds want to know what books do you like? Endre

Jul 07, 2020 09:50 PM #38
Rainmaker
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Margaret Goss  I could so relate to what we are going through.... and yes those quotes really stuck out at me with me, glad you loved the book too, Endre

Jul 07, 2020 09:51 PM #39
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR  there is not a better time to read this, with sheltering in place, not interacting with many outside of a few small circle.... can't wait to hear what you think, Endre

Jul 07, 2020 09:53 PM #40
Rainmaker
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Beth Atalay  I always have a hard time believing you have a son...way too young... on a side note glad he suggested it to you and now I inspired you to read it... love to hear the feedback, Endre

Jul 07, 2020 09:55 PM #41
Rainmaker
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Doug Dawes  I was so amazed by the historical research the author did and how casually he slipped them into the book, truly a skill, Endre

Jul 07, 2020 09:56 PM #42
Rainmaker
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AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS  what is the old saying timing in live, let me know what you thought, Endre

Jul 07, 2020 09:58 PM #43
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John Henry, Florida Architect  seldom do you stop in and I appreciate it, funny I thought you would focus on the other comment as an architect:

“Our churches, known the world over for their idiosyncratic beauty, for their brightly colored spires and improbable cupolas, we raze one by one. We topple the statues of old heroes and strip their names from the streets, as if they had been figments of our imagination. Our poets we either silenced or wait patiently for them to silence themselves.”

Jul 07, 2020 10:00 PM #44
Rainmaker
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Kathy Streib  so glad I inspired you, I am gushing over his style of writing truly very few authors can do what he did with words... and who would have guessed it is a second career for him... just like for many Realtors not the first career. Endre

Jul 07, 2020 10:02 PM #45
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Caroline Gerardo  see my comment below yours Yes she is a Good Reads Fanatic:)) I am seldom there...Endre

Jul 07, 2020 10:04 PM #46
Rainmaker
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI  I love it, glad I inspired you to move it to the top of the to be read list:)Endre

Jul 07, 2020 10:06 PM #47
Rainmaker
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Steven Nickens  my writing skills are poot to best, now if you like writing skills this is the book for you to read, Endre

Jul 07, 2020 10:08 PM #48
Rainmaker
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Lynn B. Friedman  funny you should comment I did not tell her but did ask do we have the other book? The answer was yes and clearly I will secretly read that one too:)Endre

Jul 07, 2020 10:09 PM #49
Rainmaker
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Sam Shueh  good to know you are a reader too:)Endre

Jul 07, 2020 10:10 PM #50
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Good morning Endre - I see the parallels here.  I do hope that we move in the right direction.

Jul 08, 2020 05:59 AM #51
Rainmaker
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Grant Schneider  we can only hope:) Endre

Jul 08, 2020 10:00 PM #53
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Lise Howe
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I was listening to this on audible and stopped. I think this deserves a real read. Sometimes audible doesn’t let you savor the words fully Thanks for the re-visit

Jul 10, 2020 03:28 AM #54
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Kris Collis, Associate Broker
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Endre, “…adversity presents itself in many forms; and that if a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them…”.   Doesn't this quote sound as if written for 2020 about those who didn't know how to rise above fear and panic.  Thanks for bringing Amor Towles to attention.  Something rings true about truth, it speaks to any time or any place and that must be one reasons he's a best seller.

Jul 11, 2020 04:00 PM #55
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Lise Howe  it was an omen for you to read it:)Endre

Jul 11, 2020 10:04 PM #56
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Kris Collis, Associate Broker  indeed and he is so skilled with words I can not even express it here to convey his ability with crafting words, Endre

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I’ll have to write this one down because I think I want to read about places like Russia a little bit more. So outside of what I know, In so many words.

Jul 11, 2020 10:46 PM #58
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