We needn't worry too much about him. And that he set Sophia free by plotting her disappearance so that she needn't return to Russia. It was meant to inspire the readers to press on in life regardless of the challenges that they are going through. A Gentleman in Moscow is epic in its ambition, enthralling in its storytelling, entertaining in its humour and eloquent in its prose. What appeared at first to be a delightful series of intertwined vignettes became a novel of humor and history with characters that made me want to step into the lobby of the Metropol Hotel, run up and down the staircases and dine in the Boyarsky. He is an old man, and he and Anna will simply concoct some semi-plausible cover story under which he will live out his days, but not cooped up in a tiny room. After meeting up with Anna and seeing his former home, now ruined, they somehow get of of Russia. And, he made the best of it in the Metropol...what an adaptive individual! Also, would she have been persuaded to leave if he wasn't coming. The Metropol Hotel, a five-star establishment, does actually exist, located exactly like where it is described in the novel, opposite the Bolshoi Theatre, and if this were a way of promoting the hotel, it was cleverly done. Later on, the man who composed the controversial poem died, and Count escaped from the hotel. The novel A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles tells the story of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, a Russian aristocrat sentenced to house arrest for his association with a poem with revolutionary overtones. This means, among other things, that when he describes the “willowy woman” at the end of A Gentleman in Moscow… He may have planned to go to Helsinki, but he knew the bishop had seen the travel book on Finland so felt he would be caught. Finally, Sophia grew up as a girl of good character and became the source of Count's joy and purpose. Maybe Towles was trying to avoid a fairy tale ending. Like the thrice read story of Anna Karenina, they may be throwing themselves on the railroad tracks by staying in Russia but they are being true to the Russian tapestry. His best friend wrote the poem which condemned him to the hotel. They also have … She was waiting for Count at the family estate after he escaped from the hotel. It is served in a sphere of ice that one can break into the glass. He had refused to spy, but he did it for her. I was like 'But she was like a DAUGHTER!!'. One clue was he didn’t write a letter to Anna like his other friends. As the story comes to a close, she manages to escape from the hotel together with Count. Could an author ask for a better tribute to the ending he chose for his book? He gave the Americans what they wanted, so they will keep their end of the bargain and get them to safety in New York. READ ALSO: Top 6 best books by Stephen King, Image: instagram.com, @littlehousegreySource: UGC. But you would never know it. Notwithstanding his determination to stage manage Sofia's defection it is not surprising that he did not select a life abroad for himself. Anyone might be quick to think that Count had an unfulfilling life while in the Metropol Hotel. A Gentleman in Moscow is wonderful from beginning to end. I don't think he'd risk leaving her alone in the world. I can't see much happiness for her in the future. I don't think the Bishop will ever find the count because the Bishop thinks the count is all about surface aspects of wealth and fame so he would assume The Count will be in some world capital living large. They also have translated The Master & … As the Kremlin officer who is "charged with keeping track of certain men of interest" - he is the Kremlin officer at the end who says "round up the usual suspects" - a huge nod to Casablanca and a smirk. It was worth the gamble to see that Sofia was not controlled and that he could see her grow and her life. Towles made it clear on his FB page that the actress had repeatedly been referred to as "willowy." Count developed a relationship with the famous Russian actress by the name Anna, who was working in the Metropol hotel. The Count enters and orders a cup of coffee. The novel leaves the reader in. We slowly turn away from who we are gaining height on the wheel, then every move is a step to get back to what we worked hard to leave. On June 21, 1922, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is sentenced to a life of house arrest in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel. In reference to transcripts, I think it worked because despite the serious nature of the trial it showcases the Count’s clever nature which sets the tone for his end journey. I was a beautiful ending, and nothing else was needed to complete the book. Exceptional storytelling brings a changing Moscow inside the walls of one building. He is very witty and clever which drastically conflicts with his dry interrogators. So no one probably even looked for him or Anna! Bill Gates reviews “A Gentleman in Moscow” by author Amor Towles. He loved Russia, but he also loved Sofia and he knew that her mother would want her to be able to express herself freely. By the end of the book, I felt like the Count was an old friend. READ ALSO: You should be married and with kids if you read any of these high school set-books. At least I wasn't confused about the "willowy" woman at the tavern! Reading this brought to mind the famous “hotel” nove… Count Rostov staying in Russia at his own peril as we read the bit in Book Three, his discussion with Mishka - when he ponders and even asks Osip if the Russian character is to kill its own progeny - and so the progeny killed would be his being a gentleman which dies with him. I was also confused by the ending. Over the course of the last 20 years, this husband and wife team has been systematically translating the works of Russia’s golden age, including those by Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov. A Gentleman in Moscow TV Mini-Series | Drama | See all in-development titles on IMDbPro Note: Because this project is categorized as in development, the data is only available on IMDbPro and is subject to change. Casablanca was an excellent choice as a method of foreshadowing. We are all invited to carry these wonderful characters to a last chapter of our own, based on the tapestry of details the author has sewn into the lining of the book. I am confused about the ending and need help figuring it out. When the whole switch on the train happened I was in shock. It is his second novel, published five years after his New York Times best seller, Rules of Civility (2011). The “willowy” character was definitely Anna as the word was used to describe Anna several times. I want him to leave. The fact that he escaped from the Metropol, finally, and could be back in his beloved countryside was the perfect way to wrap up this beautiful novel. They would have used him against her to arrest her. It’s “a cocktail that features a drop of decadence with a tone of comfort, sweet notes balanced against citrus flavor. On the contrary, his life in bondage was quite rich and purposeful. In the novel, Count did not give up while he was under house arrest. Is it possible that Rostov used the bullet in the second dueling gun to kill himself, and the last scene was a fantasy of his return, with the two little kids being himself and his sister when they were young? 59 characters in A Gentleman From Moscow are listed along with character descriptions. No one is going to look for him. But, I do think that if Rostov was caught he would have been happy that he was able to get his "daughter" out, that he was re-united with his love, and that he was able to breathe the fresh air of the country while looking at the apple blossoms once more. View production, box office, & company info Get More From IMDb. Sofia grew up well under the care of Count and became a talented pianist. With that being said, having finished this novel, I was satisfied with how the ending is written. He could have stayed in Paris when the revolution broke out, yet he chose to return home. Alas, why not end your tour with “A Gentleman in Moscow” cocktail? Anna was the one who was always described as willowy. There can be no doubt the count deeply loved Sofia as his daughter. Image: instagram.com, @whenthedaymetnightSource: UGC. Over the next two hundred pages detailed descriptions accumulate of people, rooms, objects, memories, and … Loved this book! Sofia never came back to the hotel, nor did she communicate with Count even though she had promised to come back for her daughter after finding a good job and a better place to live. a SPOILER-FREE overview of Amor Towles' hit second novel, "A Gentleman in Moscow!" I think he wanted to see his old home one more time before leaving to join Sophia. Yes, he may want freedom for her but he was big on friends and family- why persuade her to go when she is not going to have access- ever again- to anyone that she loves? How it could it get any better than that for a man who had lived the better part of his life inside a hotel? We get on, and have a desire to leave our situations, go around, but at the top or far away, there’s a pull to circle back to the ground- where we began. It is Anna he meets with in the end. I thought it was the only ending that it could have been! They finally made their way out. You don’t have to be a Russophile to enjoy the book, but if you are, it’s essential reading. So yes, they are separated, but to my mind, both happily. I suspect devoted readers will be making pilgrimages to it, like they do to Kurt Wallander’s Ystad, but unlike the Grand Budapest Hotel, this one is real. I am rereading A Gentleman in Moscow, this time for my book club so I happened upon your article. It allows the reader the opportunity to examine the world through different eyes. But it certainly is reasonable for us to wish he could be reunited with Sophia. After this occasion, Count changed his thoughts and befriended the employees in the hotel such as Marina, the hotel's seamstress who taught him to sew, and Anna, the famous actress in Russia. They were hiding in the country, away from cities where the theaters were. Count was sentenced to a house arrest for being associated with a poem which had revolutionary overtones even though he was not the one who composed it. He hadn't used the other bullet on The Bishop because he wasn't an aristocrat. Katarina is his reason for getting Sofia out or Russia. While … Word Count: 190. A Gentleman in Moscow is like a quipping, suavely charming dinner companion that you are also a little relieved to escape at the end of the … We aren't told how he traveled. I think the Count left the hotel to protect Sofia. So glad to see other's initial impression was confusion about the ending. Reading a well-written novel tantalizes the imagination, boosts your vocabulary, and broadens the horizon. There are so many questions that remain answered at this point, and we shall attempt to address some of them. When she was 17 years old, she was lucky to be invited to participate in a goodwill concert, which was to take place in Paris. But he also felt terrible guilt at encouraging her to wish to be "caged up" like him. And now I am more torn with my thoughts for the end. character. One of his friends in the hotel, Nina, brought her daughter Sofia to him after being sent by the Russian regime to accomplish some hard labor in Sevvostlag following the arrest of her husband. However, Count stated in the novel that he never saw Nina again, and this message was clear to the end. He had to send info with her so she could be protected by the Americans. Count Rostov staying in Russia at his own peril as we read the bit in Book Three, his discussion with Mishka - when he ponders and even asks Osip if the Russian character is to kill its own progeny - and so the progeny killed would be his being a gentleman which dies with him. Why in the world would Towles have Rostov hold the Bishop at gunpoint, shoot the picture of Stalin and imprison Rostov in the furnace room? The relationships he forms with staff and guests, his handling of twists of fate, his moral rectitude … So here's a thought about the willowy woman.....The book, for me, is about a man who lives by loyalty and friendship. Well done, Mr. Towles! I hate to write this but, in my opinion, with the way this book ends, Count Rostov is likely to die very soon either by suicide or from KGB torture in Lubyanka prison and all his friends in the Hotel Metropol, his girlfriend and Sofia’s piano instructor are likely to end up in Lubyanka also. Still, I'm not sure how I feel about he ending. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A Gentleman in Moscow is a 2016 novel by Amor Towles. That is really the only ending that sits well with me, though I realize that it is a very different tone than the rest of the story. 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It’s been awhile, but I don’t recall anything was said that he gave away all of his money. His work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. He loves his Best Friend. At first I was disappointed that the Count did not escape to be with Sofia but the more I thought about it the ending made perfect sense. The ending is true to the character of Count Rostov who retained his love and connection with his native country through all the years of his house arrest in the Hotel Metropole. Pavel = doorman. He had no papers; he was on death sentence if he left the hotel. His friend, the KGB man, has simply ordered the "rounding up of the usual suspects," and the unimaginative, one-dimensional thinker, "the Bishop," thinks Count Rostov has fled to Finland and beyond. Published in 2016, A Gentleman in Moscow, by American author Amor Towles, is the story of Count Alexander Rostov, a Russian nobleman who, after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, is sentenced to lifelong imprisonment in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel. Well, the woman at the end of the novel is Anna, the girlfriend of Count. Relieved to know it wasn't just me. But she was a respected actress and, I assume, would be welcomed somewhere else with open arms and still be able to act. 20 of the best book quotes from A Gentleman in Moscow #1 “In the end, a parent’s responsibility could not be more simple: To bring a child safely into adulthood so that she could have a chance to experience a life of purpose and, God willing, contentment.” author. His second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, published in 2016, was also a New York Times bestseller and was named as one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR. Yes, we're all a bit confused about the aftermath of the Afterword: is the Count ever to be re-united with Sofia? A Gentleman in Moscow. For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet. Anna rekindled her love for Count whenever she visited the Metropol. He is deeply disturbed by her departure and ruminates many nights for a long time. Such a novel takes us away from our existence and places us in another person's skin. Lea: Apparently, all Rostov was trying to do was get his "daughter" out of Russia and get himself free to stay in Russia with his girlfriend, the actress. His Best Friend takes her back because he will always love her. Having worked as an investment … The suicidal idea was changed by the hotel's handyman, Abram, who shared with him about the honey that the bees that he kept on the roof had made. As a parent, one can think about the nobility of sending our child off to a safer place. She died of scarlet fever when she was 17. I have a question though....I missed the point of why Rostov published the poem rather than the real author who was not ashamed of being a socialist. Also the Count has built up a powerful associates in Osip, who would protect him. The sentence is handed down by a Bolshevik tribunal because the Count had written a poem in 1913 with revolutionary undertones. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. In fact, he made many friends and led a purposeful life there, hence the title "A Gentleman in Moscow". Who knows what happened next. I wish I could answer your question, Cavour, but I read the book approx. There are so many questions that linger in the mind of the readers at the end of the novel, and it is essential that the ending of the novel must be explained. Rick does not get on the plane with Ilsa, he stays behind and "fights the good fight," even though that choice was personally, tremendously difficult for him. Sophia is the daughter of Nina, who worked as the hotel seamstress in the Metropol Hotel. Otherwise he is acting totally out of character. I appreciated everyone's comments after reading these, his remaining in the Soviet Union makes perfect sense. https://www.tuko.co.ke/312185-a-gentleman-moscow-explained.html The story is set amongst the socially chaotic birth of communist Russia, yet celebrates the dominion of the individual. That he met up with Anna and presumably they were happy together living the rest of their days in a place that could be more like the old Russia of his youth, was unexpected and genius. Pasha = bellhop A Gentleman in Moscow is the 30-year saga of the Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, who is placed under house arrest inside the Metropol Hotel in Moscow in 1922 when the Bolsheviks spare him from death or Siberia because of his 1913 revolutionary poem written in university. Rostov loved Russia. The bees and their special honey and the hidden gold in the bureau etc. Her other life seemed pretty good too. Not only is Osip not going to attempt to find him, but everyone thinks he left Russia and went to Finland. Given that the Count was ‘Russian to his core’ and had returned home to his roots in the first place he wouldn’t leave his homeland. A Gentleman in Moscow gave me a new perspective on the era, even though it’s fictional. Same as a writer puts an entire life, an entire world under a book’s cover so that you can share a few exciting hours or … I appreciate the challenge this ending presents! I was a beautiful ending, and nothing else was needed to complete the book. On June 21, 1954, Viktor Stepanovich leaves his apartment just before midnight in order to keep his appointment, takes a bus to St. Petersburg Station, and waits in a café. I agree with Christy. More important to free his. He also still has the Finnish passport. Best ending ever -- the Count remains with his true (sentimental) loves after setting his young dearest free. He told him that the honey had a taste of apples from Nizhny Novgorod, which is a place in Russia where they both grew up. If you have ever read this novel, then one of the questions that come through your mind as the story comes to a close is "who is that willowy woman with the graying hair that appears at the end?" Osip is the key! The Ending: ONLY if you've read the book (spoilers). To me, it was all about the Ferris wheel of life. She was left under Count's care when her mother Nina left to search for her husband, who had been taken by the regime. I thought maybe the willowy character was his sister. But as the whole novel was something of a fairy story, I think it would have worked just fine. Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. The Count gave Sophia a chance for a life outside Russia, which is something that he didn't want to give up even if it meant living without anything except the willowy woman near his childhood home. I loved this novel so much, with its little touches of magic. He helped Sophia defect. And the KGB man was willing to let him go. Welcome back. I'd hoped Rostov would get out of Russia, reunite with his daughter in Paris and the actress would catch up later. She was famous in movies before talkies came out so she was most known a lot younger. Someone would recognize her with him. Rostov did some very ungentlemanly things at the end which were totally out of character. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles Windmill Books, Random House, 2016 _____ Every so often a peripatetic reader such as myself comes across a book that stays in mind long after the finish, one to which you surreptitiously return, guiltily knowing you are not reducing the waiting bedside pile by dipping again into one already read. Was Rostov just swinging by his childhood town to see his old home and pick up his gf before finally leaving the country to reunite with his "daughter"? It's something every parent finds out, that they have to let go and find life anew, on their own again. He needed to set her free from being tethered to him. This is a genuine PDF e-book file. You want to recapture … I loved the quirky characters with all their wit and charm. I think early 20 th century Russian history is super interesting, so I’ve read a bunch of books about Lenin and Stalin. But, in the end, he wanted to go back to his old stomping grounds...where the apple trees were blooming. Sophia is not like the Tzar or Ivan's child, condemned or being cradled as a dead child - Sophia … His way of life was gone and never to return, but the bottom line is that the Count didn't want to leave Russia. Here you will be able to download A Gentleman in Moscow PDF by using our direct download links that have been mentioned at the end of this article. A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW is the story of one man confined to one hotel for one lifetime -- and what a lifetime it was! The above explanation of the ending of the novel addresses some of these questions to help the reader understand the story better. A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. I, also, think it would have been crazy not to leave if he was hanging out with Anna. She brings the manuscript to Rostov and then 'fades' into Russia. The story specified that the woman he met at the end had gray hair and I believe the willow reference refers to Anna. Rick put his own desires second. Made no sense to me. I think that uncertainty is part of the beauty of the ending. If A Gentleman in Moscow stirs or renews your interest in Russian literature, I recommend the translations of Pevear & Volokhonsky. Just finished the book.. which I enjoyed enormously... but.. it's very 'old fashioned' ... for Rostov to be such a 'goody two shoes' gets a bit grating.. to have no cynicism or malice makes him unbelievable. Count went to his family's estate and met Anna at the tavern waiting for him. He will have more of those gold sovereigns. As an added bonus, the man who fled back to--not from--Russia and was saved from suicide by honey and the thoughts of the fruit trees near his home got to experience them with his beloved Anna. The Count was all about the simple pleasures of courtesy, appreciation, shared history which is why he returned to his home. I thought the ending perfect. I was so sure the count would defect in order to be with Sofia. Nina stayed for long without coming back to the hotel and without communicating. If you are the kind of person who loves expanding your intellect, then the novel "A Gentleman in Moscow" is a must-read. And as she got older, she performed on stage which would not have been seen by as many. Notes from A Gentleman in Moscow 1922 – 1954 Tale over 32 years. This magical/fairytale element to the story made It easier to imagine him evading capture. 2 yrs. Amor Towles opens the novel on 21 June 1922, with the Count being tried in front of the Emergency Committee of the … A Gentleman in Moscow PDF Free Download. READ ALSO: Margaret Ogola: Google celebrates renowned Kenyan novelist, Image: instagram.com, @vintagevivianneSource: UGC. Imagine you are Amor Towles reading over this thread. I for one am happy to be here. I have just finished the book and was also puzzled by the ending. The novel starts with Alexander being taken to the Metropol after being sentenced to house arrest. What I don't get is, how did the Finnish man not realise his passport was gone in the couple of days before Rostov left the Metropol, when in the book it actually stated that foreigners apparently always kept their passports on them in Moscow? parenting … Amor Towles. I listened to the book via Audible's excellent production so thought perhaps I missed something when I got to the end - which I initially didn't understand. She leaves him for another. If you recall he did leave Russia before the revolution but came back knowing the risks. He does not want her to end up like Katarina. Amor Towles: A Gentleman in Moscow. A Gentleman in Moscow is written by Amor Towles, and it tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov, who is a Russian aristocrat. It would have not been very believable in the story for him to be able to get out too. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, … A Gentleman in Moscow is one of the impressing novels that I have ever come across. Even though Count was imprisoned during the onset of Communism; he could see the changes in the government operations that reflected the hotels' operations. Anna was the one who was always described as willowy. A Gentleman in Moscow is a novel where the journey far more outweighs the destination. A Gentleman in Moscow Quotes. I'll revisit often and always with a perfectly paired glass of wine in my hand, as Count Rostov would approve. I agree with Laura. By the end of the book, I felt like the Count was an old friend. We hope that you find this book interesting. Katarina is his reason for getting Sofia out or Russia. Most readers think that the woman could be Nina, Sofia's mother. I felt convinced that they would remain hidden as a couple as Anna had previously cast an invisibility spell over the count. I'd like to think that they will head to France to meet up with his beloved "daughter." His best friend is loved by Katarina, i believe. It was clear to me that the passport theft was a ruse, so the authorities wouldn't search for him, and he took up life with Anna in his hometown. Ever to see Paris again? These actions seemed totally unnecessary and counter to anything a gentleman … If A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW stirs or renews your interest in Russian literature, I recommend the translations of Pevear & Volokhonsky. Well, yes. Having that missing connection leaves a certain melancholy note to an otherwise perfectly satisfying finish. I came here looking to find answers- just finished the book myself. She Loves his Best Friend. A beautiful reminder that a rich life is made of so much more than one's circumstances, and that purpose is often found in the most unexpected places. Above: Photos of the actual Metropol Hotel and surroundings. Below is a screenshot of the cover image of A Gentleman in Moscow PDF: It couldn’t be his sister. We could believe no one was looking for Anna because she came and went all the time so it wasn't unusual. But you can’t resist. Did it say that? Image: instagram.com, @emilys_librarySource: UGC. The Count thanks Viktor for coming, and then they see a scuffle between two fruit sellers on the other side of the café. The Count must adjust not only to his new circumstances in a small room in the hotel’s belfry but also to the knowledge that … But alone, it would be a loss too great for sensitive Sofia to bear. When Count made his way out of the hotel, Anna was waiting for him in their family estate. It has been interesting reading the different interpretations given here. Like, he was in love with her. I kept seeing all the rave reviews and wondered if we all read the same ending. As with any great writer, Amor Towles wants his readers to meet him halfway. concepts. 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