Why I Fell in Love With ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’

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Why I Fell in Love With ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’

There are dozens of reasons to love a book. Perhaps the story was compelling, identifiable or enveloping. Maybe it was an easy and enjoyable read or you learned something. Once in a blue moon, because it was actually superbly written.

And then, if you’re really lucky, you come across a book that is all of those things.  At once engaging, thoughtful and incredibly well-written.  The author’s words, separate from the story, were beautiful and concise. Thoughtful. Or better yet, brilliant. For me, this was A Gentleman in Moscow.

I was wrapped up in the story as much as I was the syntax. I thought about life, learned some history and fell in love with the characters. I didn’t want it to end.

If you were reading along, perhaps you stopped as I did to research other novels by the author and placed an order for the only other one out there, anxious for more before this one was even over.

When I told my husband that I was reading a book about a man that was sentenced to life in a luxury hotel, his first question was then what happened? He wasn’t satisfied with the idea that that, in itself, was the story. As I tried to explain to him the revelations surrounding our circumstances and what we make of them, unidentified blessings and the importance of change, growth and age, he sat confused as to what the big deal was about.

Maybe reading the synopsis doesn’t make this novel sound like much. Maybe the premise seems uneventful. Let me assure you, there is so much life wrapped up in this book, there are so many lessons to be learned and topics to ponder, a synopsis couldn’t begin to cover it.

If it isn’t obvious, I couldn’t recommend this one more highly and hope that those of you that read along this month feel the same. If you did, what was your favorite line from the novel? I have so many…

Want to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow? Drop a comment below. Warning to those who have yet to read the book: While we keep facts from the books out of our reviews, we consider the comment section an open forum to discuss the themes and happenings in the novel, so spoilers are bound to show up (and are encouraged). Read at your own risk.


If you are reading along with our little book club, this month’s selection is Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. So grab a copy and get to reading! We should have a post up on June 21st and would love to hear your thoughts and start a healthy conversation on the novel then. Happy reading!

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I was wrapped up in the story as much as I was the syntax. I thought about life, learned some history and fell in love with the characters. I didn’t want it to end.

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

  • codenamecovergirlalias

    I just finished reading AGIM this past week and it has left me craving for more too. It to me was about being classy in a very trying situation…..it will go into my top 20 besides all the light we cannot see, outlander, all souls trilogy by deborah harkness…have you started the other book rules of civility?

    • Lynsey

      Absolutely agree. There were so many moments while reading it where I wanted to get out my highlighter like I was in school and jot down notes. It felt so very real to me. I think probably the most poignant moment for me was when the Count’s BFF made the noted that back when he was sentenced to like in the hotel, who would have known that he was the luckiest man in Russia. To me, that was like WHOAH. All of that along with the commentary of mastering our circumstances really made me think about how we each approach our own struggles and the choice to either master them or be mastered by them.

      I haven’t been able to track down a copy of Rules of Civility for less than $30… But I have an Amazon alert set for it and I am (not so) patiently waiting for one to show up. For now, I am just waiting on our next book club select to arrive and reading quick summer reads in between.


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