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A Gentleman in Moscow — It’s What We’re Reading


March 2017

“What We’re Reading” is a feature offering periodic reviews from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read. If you find a book which interests you and it is not in our collection, please feel free to acquire the book through our Interlibrary Loan service.

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles

A member of the Russian aristocracy, spared only by the act of having lent his well-connected name to a friend’s counter-revolutionary poem, Count Rostov is sentenced to life imprisonment in a Moscow hotel. Through the lens of the Metropol Hotel and the lives of the people who work there, he witnesses the shocking political and social upheaval taking place in Russia from 1922 through the 1950’s – the rise of communism, the death of Lenin, then Stalin, and the power struggle that followed. This is a book about finding grace in reconciling to one’s fate without becoming resigned to it, and surviving long enough to find one’s purpose.

A Gentleman in Moscow can be found in the Popular Reading Section on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.