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Literary Circle - A Gentleman in Moscow

In March the Book Club will meet at the home of Pricilla Martin at 10:00am on Monday, March 19th to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow.

 A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. In 1922 following the revolution, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, 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 hotels doors.

He lives in the hotel for 30 years and forges close friendships with the staff and inhabitants.He encounters Nina, a precocious nine-year-old girl who has an eye for adventure. Towles creates a compelling cast of characters to complement the Count, none more vital to sustaining his existence than Sofia, Nina’s daughter who is left in his care and who he raises as his daughter.

What makes a Gentleman in Moscow a true work of historical fiction are Towles’ apt descriptions of life outside Metropol’s walls. Stalin has taken control of the country, and Russians can either join the party, get shipped to Siberia or otherwise disposed of.