A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is an amazing fictional story about a man in the Soviet Union in the years following the Russian revolution. A former Count Alexander Rostov is an aristocrat who is in Paris at the inception of the Russian Revolution. He returns to Russia in order to facilitate his grandmother’s escape from the country. The count however, remains in Russia and is eventually sentenced to house arrest in the luxury hotel where he resides. The story tells of the changes which occur in his life and more importantly, the Soviet Union over the next thirty years.
I came to love this character and his outlook on life. The man who is viewed by the new regime as a threat, is a beautiful soul who embraces life and the people around him in a way which is inspirational. There are many layers to this story beyond the life of the Count. The story is about communism and the effects of it on a nation and the way of life of people living under this type of government.
I was deeply moved by the entire book. The ending is a work of art. Highly recommended!