Amor Towles was born and raised in the Boston area. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University. An investment professional for over twenty years, he now devotes himself full time to writing. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
***Soon to be a major TV series starring Kenneth Branagh*** OVER A MILLION COPIES SOLD THE TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 A MAIL ON SUNDAY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 A DAILY EXPRESS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 AN IRISH TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 ONE OF BARACK OBAMA´S BEST BOOKS OF 2017 ONE OF BILL GATES´S SUMMER READS OF 2019 NOMINATED FOR THE 2018 INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS WEEK AWARD ´This novel is astonishing, uplifting and wise. Don´t miss it´ Chris Cleave ´No historical novel this year was more witty, insightful or original than Amor Towles´s A Gentleman in Moscow ´ Sunday Times , Books of the Year ´Charming ... shows that not all books about Russian aristocrats have to be full of doom and nihilism´ The Times , Books of the Year ´[A] supremely uplifting novel ... It´s elegant, witty and delightful - much like the Count himself.´ Mail on Sunday , Books of the Year On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval. Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?
The mega-best seller with more than 1.5 million listeners and readers that is soon to be a major television series ´´The novel buzzes with the energy of numerous adventures, love affairs, [and] twists of fate.´´ (The Wall Street Journal) He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to. From the New York Times best-selling author of Rules of Civility - a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicholas Guy Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002823/bk_peng_002823_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Summary of A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles: Abbey Beathan
A Gentleman in Moscow recounts the story of Count Alexander Rostov. In 1922, on the heels of the Russian Revolution, the count is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal and sentenced to permanent house arrest in Moscow´s grand Hotel Metropol. In something of a literary feat, as the count´s story progresses over three decades, the walls of the Metropol seem to expand, rather than close in around listeners. Brimming with humor and wit, an unforgettable cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this remarkable novel casts a spell as it relates the count´s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose. Amor Towles joins us for an evening of conversation with Liesl Schillinger on this thrilling new work. With a reading by Tony Award-winning actor Boyd Gaines. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liesl Schillinger, Boyd Gaines. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/symp/000113/pf_symp_000113_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is the story of a Russian aristocrat-turned-waiter who lives 32 years of his life under house arrest at the Hotel Metropol in Moscow. Set in post-revolutionary Russia, the novel follows its protagonist, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, as he develops new friendships, family, and loves, all while confined within the walls of the Metropol. In 1922, in the wake of the Russian Revolution, Rostov, originally a gentleman from Russia´s Nizhny Novgorod province, is deemed a threat to the Communist Party and sentenced to house arrest at the hotel where he has been living in luxury. The party is suspicious of Count Rostov, who left Russia after the tsar´s execution in 1918, but returned four years later. What saves Rostov from being executed is a single poem published in 1913 espousing revolutionary ideals, to which he claims authorship. Please note: This is a summary, analysis & review of the book and not the original book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dwight Equitz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/072732/bk_acx0_072732_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.