Gentleman in Moscow – Member Book Discussion Series
Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 10:30 am - 11:30 amFREE
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Led by Pat Spaulding, TMORA Docent
Registration opens January 2, 2018 – This is a free event. Space is limited. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
A Gentleman in Moscow is the utterly entertaining second novel from the author of Rules of Civility. Amor Towles skillfully transports us to The Metropol, the famed Moscow hotel where movie stars and Russian royalty hobnob, where Bolsheviks plot revolutions and intellectuals discuss the merits of contemporary Russian writers, where spies spy, thieves thieve and the danger of twentieth century Russia lurks outside its marbled walls. It’s also where wealthy Count Alexander Rostov lives under house arrest for a poem deemed incendiary by the Bolsheviks, and meets Nina. Nina is a precocious and wide-eyed young girl who holds the keys to the entire hotel, wonders what it means to be a princess, and will irrevocably change his life. Despite being confined to the hallway of the hotel, the Count lives an absorbing, adventure-filled existence, filled with capers, conspiracies and culture. Alexander Rostov is a character for the ages–like Kay Thompson’s Eloise and Wes Anderson’s M. Gustav, he is unflinchingly (and hilariously for readers) devoted to his station, even when forced to wait tables, play hide and seek with a young girl, or confront communism. Towles magnificently conjures the grandeur of the Russian hotel and the vibrancy of the characters that call it home.
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 10:30am | The Museum of Russian Art
Exclusive to Members of The Museum of Russian Art, this series is a small group book discussion group led by a different docent each month. Read up with us, and join in the fun! All books available in The IZBA Gift Shop at The Museum of Russian Art.