A friend recommended Amor Towles first novel Rules of Civility. I loved the book. (See gordonsgoodreads). She then alerted me to the release of Towle’s second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow. To say I enjoyed the book would be a gross understatement of my enthusiasm for this author.
It would be an injustice to the reader if I even attempted to steal Towle’s story. Let me simply place a prominent Russian Count from the world of former privilege under house arrest in the elegant Metropol hotel in the center of Moscow. Now, a few lines of Towle’s prose:
For several days, in fact, he had been fending off a state of restlessness. On his regular descent to the lobby, he caught himself counting the steps. As he browsed the headlines in his favorite chair, he found that he was lifting his hands to twirl the tips of moustaches that were no longer there. He found that he was walking through the doors of the Piazza for a 12:01 lunch. And at 1:35 he climbed the 110 steps to his room, calculating the minutes until he could come downstairs for a drink.
Then, the girl in the yellow dress appears and the Count’s world changes forever.
Enjoy. I promise you will to the fullest!