My Review of ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ by Amor Towles


A Gentleman in Moscow has garnered rave reviews from the media as well as readers.

Over 11,000 readers on Amazon collectively gave it 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Reviews on Goodreads, Barnes & Noble and other online sites are also very comparable to Amazon’s.

As you can see, this seems like a very desirable book.

So, I ordered a copy.

I read the book.

And now I am trying to understand why this book got such high marks, such rave reviews.

In my opinion, it deserved 3 stars at best.

While the writing was fantastic, there was no depth to the story. There is neither a plot nor a quest of any sort. Rather, it’s an account of how a Russian Count under house arrest at one of Moscow’s finest hotels spends 30-years meeting various guests and comes into one or two unexpected situations. I was sorely disappointed because I expected much from the author.

If you’re looking for a thrill, an encapsulating plot, don’t bother buying this book.

If you’re looking for vivid descriptions and some Russian history, give this book a try.

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