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#BigBendCCBookChallenge September 2020: Mattias : A Gentleman in Moscow

by Rhonda Kitchens on 2020-09-04T19:12:00-07:00 in Library and Research Skills, Literature | Comments

FROM: Mattias Olshausen
BOOK:  A Gentleman in Moscow
AUTHOR: Amor Towles

Cover of a book called A Gentleman in Russia


This book is about a Russian count, Alexander Rostov, whom a
Bolshevik court sentenced to permanent house arrest in 1922.
The catch is that Rostov is living in an upscale hotel near the Kremlin. He spends the next 30 years of his life there, witnessing a great societal change from a unique vantage point.

A Gentleman in Moscow is an excellent read for the times we live in. It serves as a reminder to make the most of one's circumstances,
rather than to live in bitterness or regret. Perhaps the most central
theme, though, is the value of unexpected and unlikely friendships.
Rostov's open and accepting nature is the greatest asset in his
confinement, as it leads him to establish close relationships
with the hotel's employees, an inquisitive nine-year-old guest,
and even a Soviet commissar. I recommend this book to
anyone who needs a break from the news and wants to believe in the best in humanity.


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