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6 Feb

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles has the ability of enveloping his reader. He did it once, with Rules of Civility; and he did it again with A Gentleman in Moscow. As I first dived into the latter, it felt slow. Time stops when recounting a captive man’s life; such a task comes at the risk of tedium. But this was no normal prisoner, and no normal exile, Count Rostov, trapped within the grand walls of a 5 star hotel during the years of communist Russia, was a gentleman. With every turn of the page, I was lured deeper into the story, until I found myself a voluntary hostage of the Metropol Hotel: dissecting the collection of specimens that stepped in and out of the...
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