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Brown Book Club: “A Gentleman in Moscow”

When:
February 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2019-02-10T18:00:00-05:00
2019-02-10T20:00:00-05:00
Where:
TBD
Cost:
$6-8
Contact:
Debby Cooney

The Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, February 10 to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (fiction, 462 pp,  2016). We’ll begin at 6PM with dinner, then go on to discussion.  Please RSVP by Friday, February 8 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

“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.” –Al Woodworth, The Amazon Book Review

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