“A Gentleman in Moscow” By Amor Towles Review

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, 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, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, 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 hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

I gotta say that I’ve had high expectations for this one, but it didn’t live up to these expectations. It means like the higher rating a book has on goodreads the lower my rating becomes for whatever mysterious reason. 

The plot itself is the overall about the Communist Russia where you aren’t allowed to speak about how fucked up Russia is but the main character got out of this trouble quit easily because he is a rich. And he spend the entire book yapping about how the world is unfair because his big apartment got taken away from him and he must live in much smaller apartment. 

The writing style is quit amazing, because it has the old timey vibe to it, but nothing more than this. It could have been much better if the author decided to not use so many words as he did in this book. It really seemed like the author was trying to put every word he knew in this book. 

The sentence structure is just insane in this one. Because it is bloated that it doesn’t even make sense sometimes. And the footnotes here are too many of them in this Novell. 

Everyone talks about how wonderful this novel is but in my opinion this novel is just a boring, stuffy and stodgy novel. 

This novel takes place in a period of 30 years. And there are times where characters disappears for year to just reappear again after like 20 years. This really annoyed me because it like deleting a part of the novel.

This book has talk a decent deal about best wines and best foods. And I don’t care for it. Of course I love food but when I’m picking a book I don’t want to read about how good expensive food and wine is. 

The main characters seemed like caricatures or a parody of a main character. And the amount of wine and other alcohol he drinks in this book is so unbelievable.

The descriptions in this one and the details are too much in this book. There will be couple of times where the author will spend one whole side describing nothing which brings something to the main story. 

The history aspect of this story is that it doesn’t make sense. Because while thousands of people have been killed during the Stalinist rule, our main character done a similar crime to people how have been murdered but he just gets the punishment to be locked in a luxury hotel and drink wine all day and do nothing.

I give this book 1 / 5

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