Book Discussions: A Gentleman in Moscow Discussion GuideSee Featured Authors Answering Questions. To ask other readers questions about A Gentleman in Moscow , please sign up. Answered Questions Anyone have recommendations for a book like these - beautifully written, preferably historical, leaves you feeling expansive and engaged in life? This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Who is the woman Count Rostov meets at the end of the novel?
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In the transcript at the opening of A Gentleman in Moscow, the head of the tribunal and Count Rostov have the following exchange: Secretary Ignatov: I have no doubt, Count Rostov, that some in the galley are surprised to find you charming; but I am not surprised to find you so. History has shown charm to be the last ambition of the leisure class. What I do find surprising is that the author of the poem in question could have become a man so obviously without purpose. Secretary Ignatov: Indeed. How convenient that must have been for you.
What was the origin of the idea? Over the two decades that I was in the investment business, I travelled a good deal for my firm. Every year, I would spend weeks at a time in the hotels of distant cities meeting with clients and prospects. In , while arriving at my hotel in Geneva for the eighth year in a row , I recognized some of the people lingering in the lobby from the year before. It was as if they had never left. Upstairs in my room, I began playing with the idea of a novel in which a man is stuck in a grand hotel. Thinking that he should be there by force, rather than by choice, my mind immediately leapt to Russia—where house arrest has existed since the time of the Tsars.
A Gentleman in Moscow is the story of one man confined to one hotel for one lifetime — and what a lifetime it was! Count Rostov begins his prison sentence looking ahead at a life of endless hours upon endless days upon endless weeks. More than 3 decades later, he looks back on a life filled with people and experiences and one singular but very wonderful purpose. Count Rostov watches the tumultuous events of 20th century Russia unfold through his attic window and the eyes of the visitors who frequent the restaurants and rooms of the Metropol. Through friendships and observation, he finds ways to bring his beloved country inside his confining walls. One man, one hotel, one lifetime. One beautiful book!
Post a Comment. What appeared at first to be a delightful series of intertwined vignettes became a novel of humor and history with characters that made me want to step into the lobby of the Metropol Hotel, run up and down the staircases and dine in the Boyarsky.
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Share: Share on Facebook. Add to Cart. History has shown charm to be the last ambition of the leisure class. What I do find surprising is that the author of the poem in question could have become a man so obviously without purpose. Secretary Ignatov: Indeed. How convenient that must have been for you. On the verge of doing so, why does the encounter with the old handyman lead him to change his plans?