Has anyone read A Gentleman in Moscow?

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Has anyone read A Gentleman in Moscow? I’ve heard such great things, but after 75 pages it seems slow.

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  1. It is slow but every detail comes back later in the story. I listened to it on audio book and that helped. The reader kept you captivated. I don’t think I would have gotten through it otherwise. But it is interesting especially once you get about half way through.

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  2. It took me a bit to get into it but it is an amazing book. I have now read it twice.

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  3. I loved it. It wasn’t a quick read, but there was something about it that captivated me.

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  4. It’s wonderful!

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  5. I like to read about eccentric people. That’s why I liked it.😊

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  6. I loved it. Stick with it!

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  7. I started it, but couldn’t get into it – will have to try again since I’ve heard SO many wonderful things about it and I LOVED Rules of Civility by him.

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  8. I LOVED this book! I listened to part of it on audio, too

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  9. Russian books are seldom easy reads but most often in the end the best read!

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  10. Half way through it and taking my time (a few pages per night) it’s that good!

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  11. The most charming novel I have ever read! I listened to the audiobook, then bought it and read it cover to cover again right away. Absolutely fantastic! I live for books like AGIM. Loved Rules of Civility too, but not nearly as much. It’s become one of my all time favorite books.

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  12. it’s very slow. Wasn’t a huge fan, and I’m not sure what the point was…

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  13. I’m about half way through and really enjoying it. It’s a quiet, gentle read. So far no killing, no cursing, only a suggestion of sex. Such a nice change from so much of the current crop of books.

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  14. I liked his previous book but couldn’t get into this one and passed it along to someone who loved it…

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  15. It’s gorgeous! One of my favorites ever.

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  16. So good — keep reading!

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  17. Yes, I read it and loved it. Never felt slow at all.

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  18. My friend in Aquacize just told me about it. And she raved…Want to read. Hang in there. Sometimes that happens. The beginning has a low “metabolism”, and then it picks up!!

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  19. Yes – wonderful read. Loved it.

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  20. Knowing some history of Russia helps one enjoy the book. I liked his use of language, development of characters and the idea that if one does not manage a situation, the situation will manage you. .Another way of saying, bloom where you are planted!

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  21. A friend whose opinion I greatly admire recommended it but I found it pretty boring. There were a few humorous spots but just not believable. I think a gentleman of his station would have been shot rather than been sent to a 5 star hotel to live out the rest of his life. I finished it but meh

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    • Remember how he was forced into very reduced circumstances – the attic of the hotel and losing one’s valued possessions after losing his title and estate. In spite of all he developed a life!

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    • like i said, there were moments….loved Sofia and Anna…maybe ya’ll will convince me it was worth the read. Thanks! 🙂

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  22. I haven’t read that one, but the best Russian one I have read is “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It was totally captivating. It’s not a book I would read over and over, but the one time I did read it, was so good.

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    • Read it in college, but knew a bit about Solzhenitsyn due to my church. We had to do choose a book to do a paper on and present it to the class. I think this might have been for my Christian Tradition in Modern Literature class. I did it on ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH. We read THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS in that class, too. No one ever seems to mention that when they’re talking about that book.It’s not a kids’ book and it’s funny.

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  23. I felt the and stopped reading. A friend suggested I try the audiobook.

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  24. Great book. One of the best I read last year.

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  25. Best book I read in the last year!

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  26. You are on the cusp of unputdownable.

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  27. Yes, I read it also. He’s a good writer and I enjoyed the descriptions and dialogue, just not wile about this too unreal storyline.

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  28. through the slowness… it’s a fabulous book.

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  29. Keep reading! It’s a wonderful store and in goes get good!

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  30. Loved it. Stick with it.

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  31. I am supposed to read that for my book group next month. This one I actually should finish since it was my suggestion.

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  32. Keep reading….slow start but it picks up and reels you in. Stunning history and philosophy all in one package.

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  33. You’ll either love or hate this book. Since it hasn’t grabbed you I’d move on. I loved it but I was raised in a hotel and like history.

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  34. Super slow for me. I put it aside and will come back to it another time. People do love it so I thought maybe it just isn’t right for me right now.

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  35. One of my favorite books of all time!

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  36. Stay with it! Wonderful characters-very good book!

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  37. I loved it! The audiobook reader was excellent, and the main character was so apealing.

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  38. I really enjoyed this book. It’s a keeper, I think. Looking forward to the movie!

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  39. It is incredible !! Keep reading! I have read it twice now. You will come to love the count!

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  40. I had a very hard time getting in to the book after about 125 I couldn’t stop reading. A very good book but extremely slow in the beginning. I’m very glad I stuck with it.

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  41. One of the best books I’ve read. It never felt slow to me at all.

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  42. I felt the same way and stopped… should I try again?!

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  43. Very good book. I think the Count is a great character. Read on, you will meet many colorful characters

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  44. It’s definitely written in a different style than many books today, so takes some getting used to, but SO WORTH IT!! I loved this book!

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  45. I slogged through it, but it was good in the end! Parts were engaging, others not so much. Reminded me of a lot of Russian literature.

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  46. My husband absolutely loved it- said it is one of his all time favorites. I read a lot of it but got really bogged down. The writing is great but it’s just not holding my attention.

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  47. It is slow, but it’s lovely.

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  48. I read it but thought it very slow.

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  49. I loved it. The language and the characters and the imagery. It’s a measured pace for sure but it reflects the Counts personality I think

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  50. Wasn’t gripped, but I’m in the minority.

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  51. I genuinely liked it, but I like books with a lot of setting and this one to me was very descriptive.

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  52. Our book club read this a couple months ago, we loved it.

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  53. It picks up. I loved it!

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  54. The language was so beautiful I wished I was listening to an audio version. Maybe next time!

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  55. I just started it a few days ago and after being in a book slump, it’s hit the spot.

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  56. Julie my bookclub read it for this month and it was a big hit. The speed definitely picks up. Our event though was enhanced as our discussion leader had been to Russia several times and is an amazing cook. She made us an amazing meal.

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  57. I read it an liked it, but didn’t love it. A friend of mine said it was among her favorite books of all times. It’s one of those books that is going to affect different people differently.

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  58. Loved it; one of my all-time favs.! Loved the ending!

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  59. Keep reading. It’s lovely.

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  60. Keep going. It’s worth it.

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  61. I just couldn’t get into it so I set it aside. Lots of other good books to get into it.

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  62. I was sad when it ended, wanting to spend more time in his company.

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  63. Need to keep going-great story-lived it

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  64. Loved it! Give it a little more time and you’ll get into it.

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  65. Sorry, this isn’t really related to your post. I’m wondering how long it took for your post to be cleared by the moderators? I tried to post yesterday and my post has yet to be approved. I’m wondering if that’s normal or if they thought my post wasn’t appropriate(?)

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  66. Very good book! Keep going!

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  67. I was very disappointed sent it back to Amazon for refund.

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  68. Loved this book! Also his other book The Rules of Civility.

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  69. It’s on my TBR but not near the top yet

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  70. My next read on the recommendation of a friend who loved it. She only allowed herself to read a small amount of it every day because she wanted to savor it like fine wine or candy. Cannot wait to start.

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  71. I had the same experience, but have been told to keep reading, it gets better! Haven’t gotten back to it yet though.

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  72. Listening to it now, and loving it A LOT! Smart and refined and funny and gentile. Not a thriller, but so pleasant and compelling in its own way. I think you should keep going. I’m liking it much more than the Rules of Civility.

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    • When I met Towles I said I liked Rules of civility, but Gentleman was orders of magnitude better . He said, I don’t know if that is a compliment. I said yes, yes it is. Was able to talk to him for quite some time in the book signing.line until the line firmed.

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    • There will be a mini series by the people who did the BBC War and Peace. Also a miniseries of Rules of civility

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    • Sharyn How fun to have chatted with him! I have to admit to a bit of momentary sad shock to be reminded that some author wrote this story. I am so captivated right now that I want to continue in the throes of watching the Count as he tells us his story. I am there; it is all real; it will have a happy ending; he is a friend – you know, all those things.

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  73. It’s definitely slow-paced. I didn’t love it.

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  74. One of the best books I have ever read, clever, historically accurate and a twist of an ending. Keep on, Count Rostov will not dissapoint.

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  75. Also, I listened to it on audio. It really brings the book alive. The narrator was great!

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  76. It is slow….and absolutely wonderful. It’s a beautiful read. If you don’t like the slow style, it may not be for you. I loved the characters and pace to tell this story.

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  77. My friends and I loved it!

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  78. Both of his books were really good

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  79. I stopped reading about a third of the way in. Too many other books to read to push myself through something that felt like a burden instead of a joy to read.

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  80. Some of the best writing I’ve ever read! Absolutely loved it.

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  81. Gave up after about 50 pages. I despised The Grand Budapest Hotel movie and that is all I could think of when I was reading. No regrets.

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  82. Just 75 pages in, too. I’m loving it!

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  83. I love this book. I’ve read it more than once and it’s exquisite.

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  84. Keep going! His first book is really good too

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  85. Takes 100pages or so…

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  86. It is a s-l-o-w savory read. Enjoy!

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  87. The author even talks about the slow beginning in an interview -he is just establishing the story

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  88. I agree. I posted earlier that I felt weird because ev1 loves that book. I finished it but it took me along time.Kept putting it down. Couldnt get into ti and couldnt stay into it.OH well, different strokes for different folks!

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  89. Excellent story…One of my reads I always recommend.

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    • I also might mention, I am nosy, if I see someone with a book I want to know what they are reading. When I voted I struck up a conversation with one of the workers and I recommended this book. A couple weeks ago we had voting again and the same lady was there, when I asked what she was reading her face lit up and she stated “It’s you”. I had recommended this book to her and she loved it and also read Rules of Civility. Got a pen and paper and said okay give me some more. I did. But I also told her to read the synopsis as not everyone will enjoy the same books I have.

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  90. I read it. Not the best. His first book was really good (Rules of Civility)

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  91. I learned a long time ago that I am not always going to love a book no matter how many awards it gets, how many movies they make from a book, or how many people say its great. I hated the girl with the dragon tattoo and never finished didnt like the characters. I hated 50 Shades and stopped after a few chapters. I dont have to like anything and i dont have to put my dwindling time into something I dont like. so I stop and move on.. always other books to read.

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  92. I struggled early on and dropped it. Heard great things about it.

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  93. Keep going, my book club loved it. And it’s a different setting than most books.

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  94. It is one of my favorite books.

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  95. It is a little slow, but I absolutely loved it. Had a terrible book hangover afterwards. Couldn’t find anything that appealed to me as much.

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  96. Stick with it! I had a hard time getting into it, too.

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  97. I absolutely adored it!

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  98. One of my all time favorites. Keep reading.

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  99. One of my favorites

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  100. Perhaps it is a generational thing—-life is so ‘fast’ nowadays, but I am several generations before the current and learned to love and savor words and books before intrusion of all the technology of TV, computers. smart phones, etc. My main entertainment was thelibrary!

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  101. Made living in a hotel sound very appealing.

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  102. Stick with it as it is a fabulous book!

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  103. Anyone ever read “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”?

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  104. Stick with it, I loved this book!
    Going to be TV series or movie 🎥

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  105. It is slow. Relax and enjoy. It is such a great read.

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  106. I can relate! I tried listening to it on audible and gave up. Everyone kept raving so I decided to give a real book a try read—that did it. It’s a gentle story, full of subtleties. Give it another try.

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  107. Keep going—it picks up!

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  108. Keep reading. It’s worth it! Count Alexander is one of my favorite characters of all time.

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  109. I had the same initial reaction and set it aside. I came back to it later and enjoyed it. Sometimes, you have to be in the right mood for the book.

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  110. I’m reading it now, and I love, love, love this book. It is beautifully written and definitely worth relaxing and enjoying the time you spend with Count Alexander.

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  111. I read it and thought it was very good but I could have done with a hundred fewer pages.

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  112. It’s one of my favorites. Great characters in it.

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  113. I loved it. It will build steam.

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  114. Imagine life was slow when you can’t get out. Imaginative book.

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  115. I read it for my book club. It is slow getting started, but ends satisfyingly.

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  116. I think he was “writing time.” Think about the main character’s life, and how few distraction came his way. I think the pace mirrored his life. I agree that it had a totally satisfying ending.

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  117. It is slow! Take your time and savor the story!

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  118. One of my all time favorite books. I was so happy that was so good!

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  119. I’m listening to it and it’s extremely slow for me too.

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  120. I read it and liked it.

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  121. I couldn’t finish it. I found it too slow and could not get into it.

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  122. I absolutely loved this book and read it twice, something I never do. The writing is wonderful, the historical background is excellent and I loved the characters.

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  123. Loved it. The Count is fantastic.

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  124. Our book club read it and we all really enjoyed the book!!

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  125. I need to re-read it! The Count is a phenomenal character!

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  126. It’s slow in the beginning, but a beautiful book once you get into it. I loved it.

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  127. On my all time favorite list!

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  128. It’s on my TBR list. I have read some wonderful reviews.

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  129. I listened to the book. I think the reader made the pace of the story seem natural.

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  130. Read it in book club
    It was charming

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  131. It’s good. Keep reading.

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  132. My book club read this and every single person loved it. It is so good that I will reread it and that is something that I rarely do.

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  133. And I don’t know it. Wish I did. Will have to check this title out.

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  134. It’s a GREAT book.. my book club read it last month!

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  135. Excellent. I highly recommend it.

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  136. It IS a slow read, but I think that’s on purpose; it pulls you into his life and how that period of history influenced it. Stick with it. Good read.

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  137. Loved it- keep going

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  138. My book club loved it. I thought it dragged in places.

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  139. Keep with it! Great book.

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  140. A friend recommended it. I got about far as you’ve gotten and then sped read the rest. I struggled with it.

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  141. William forward to my tea tion. Aren’t different opinions fascinating.

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  142. It is awesome! Great characters and writing! Go for it!

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  143. Just finished it – a good read!

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  144. I am listening to the audio. On 3rd disc of 14; enjoying so far but admit this is my second go at it. Have heard high praise from others who have read it.

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  145. I enjoyed reading it. It has a slow pace that is intentional. There were several points of intense thought or action, and it takes place over a long period of time.

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  146. It’s next on my nightstand!

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  147. Hang in there! I loved this book!

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  148. The author will be at Chautauqua this year. It is a very slow book

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  149. I really loved this one and by the end was RELISHING in the slow tempo of the book – give it another try!

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  150. I was dubious about this one when my book club decided to read it but loved it! It lead to lots of good discussion!

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  151. Hang in there. It definitely picks up and is worth it!

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  152. It is a fantastic story!

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  153. Absolutely LOVED it! The way the author uses language is simply beautiful.

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  154. For me it was a slow start but well worth staying with it.

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  155. Yes it was one of my book club picks, we all enjoyed it

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  156. Loved loved loved it! As others said, brilliant writing and entertaining story of depth. It was also very informed. I finished feeling more well educated about Russian history.

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  157. I have had the same issue. I can’t get past the first 100 pages because it’s too slow. Maybe I should keep going!

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  158. Its on my summer list.

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  159. Stay with it if you can. The beginning is a little slow, but absolutely necessary, as you’ll discover. I loved this story, it’s the best book I’ve read in a long time. I only wish it was one of the 100 so I could vote for it!

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  160. The audio book of Gentleman is magnificent. Some books are better enjoyed as audiobooks. I never tried audiobooks before I retired from the library, but now I like them. Unless you find the reader’s voice irritating,or not as you’d imagined for the character, audiobooks are great for traveling.

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  161. It was wonderful! It does start slowly but then takes off.

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  162. On first chapter. Heard about this book from Kristin Hannah. It’s one of her favorites.

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  163. It is a slow book but stay with it.

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  164. One of the best books I’ve read lately. It’s on my shelf for a reread….I loved it that much!💕

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  165. I am about to finish it. I would say slow describes it, but I’m enjoying it for the author’s use of language, lush descriptions, use of humor, and touching emotional insights. Not exciting but beautiful. I have his prior book, “Rules of Civility”, and plan to read it soon–after something a little faster-paced. 😊

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  166. I thought is was slow too

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  167. It was slow… but well worth it

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  168. Stick with it – I think its slow pace adds to its delight ; I think some books are meant to be savored – I’ve marked this as a true favorite.

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  169. I absolutely loved the humanity of this story.

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  170. I’m reading it now! It starts off slow but I’m getting really into it now. It keeps the slow pace but I’m thoroughly enjoying the characters.

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  171. yes it’s wonderful

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  172. It is slow at begin inning but worth the read – his other book rules of civility is terrific too

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  173. It took me two tries to finish it. I liked it, but not as much as others.

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  174. Read it last summer and you’re right it is a bit slow in the beginning but picks up. Stick with it, you won’t want it to end! Was my favorite read for 2017, absolutely loved it!

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  175. Loved it from start to finish!♥️♥️♥️♥️

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  176. Keep reading. Worth the finish

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  177. Loved it! It’s a “calming” book, not a fast paced action thriller. I loved its gentile nature.

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  178. Just started it today!

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  179. Read GIM. in one read, enjoyed it.

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  180. Keep reading. It gets better and better

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  181. I started it as well, but just couldn’t get into it either. VERY slow going. Never finished it.

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  182. I just finished and I put it down for a while then started again. Well worth it to finish. Truly a lovely story.

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  183. I loved Rules of Civility but had the same problem you’re having. It was too slow. I’ll pick it up later and try again.

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  184. My library had such a long

    I listened to it on Audible because my library had such a long Reserve list for it. It was my first time listening to a recorded book and what a pleasure it was!

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  185. It’s an excellent read!

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  186. Snooze fest. Beautifully written snooze fest!

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  187. I just finished reading it and found it to be an excellent story. It was full of history, humor and intrigue. Could hardly wait to get to ending to see if it would end how I thought it would. It didn’t! I enjoyed every page! Highly recommend it. A friend is presenting it at her Book Club in December and I am certain the ladies will love it.

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  188. It starts off slow but gets better.

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  189. It took me a while to get into it too but I’m so happy I did. I loved the book!

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  190. I loved the book, too. It feels/moves slow, but I think that is a device the author uses on purpose.

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  191. One of very best books I’ve read. Stick with it.

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  192. I found it a wonderful, funny, and profound deep read.

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  193. LOVED it. Stick with it.

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  194. It’s not a page turned, but I enjoyed it.

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  195. Once you get into it you won’t want to put it down. Borrowed it from Library…returned it and bought my own copy. It is amazing.

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  196. I felt the same way so I had to take a break from it, BUT I definitely want to come back to it. I really like the main character and the writing is very good.

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  197. I thought it was a great book! I was wishing it wouldn’t end. All of the events and incidents in the first half of the book are revisited in the 2nd half to reach a joyous conclusion. One of the few books I want to reread.

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  198. Not a book that you sit down and read right through.

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  199. Loved it. Stick with it.

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  200. I started and did not care for it……..tooooo artificial , but I was in a minority,,,,

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  201. It’s worth it. I agree it’s not a page turner, but beautifully written. Lovely characters!

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  202. Loved it. Keep going

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  203. Very good..and got to meet the Author at a Book Review in Naples FLI

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  204. Couldn’t get into it. I may try again.

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  205. It is the best book I’ve read so far this year… if you think it is too slow, just sit back and enjoy the wonderful writing. I don’t think there are many books of this caliber, and the ending will be worth the read.

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  206. I generally read psychological thrillers but I enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow! Bought Rules of Civility because of it!!

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  207. Loved the writing, characters, intrigue, story!

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  208. It picks up. I really enjoyed it.

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  209. Loved it! Five of the eight regular members in my book club who actually read the book each gave it 5 out of 5 stars (that’s very rare for us). It was great! I highly recommend it!

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  210. It was a terrific book. It was a little slow starting but well worth pushing through.

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  211. Loved it!! Read it!!

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  212. I read this book and it was one of my all time favorites.

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  213. Stick with it. Enjoy the language and the cadence. You might google The Metropol and take a look at some pictures and history to give you a feel for the setting.

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  214. Keep going!!! It’s a great book!

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  215. I could not put it down. Read it in one (really long) day. Have reread several times for the pleasure of it.

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  216. I loved this book!! Such interesting characters! Keep going!

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  217. It did take a while to get interesting

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  218. It was so goo that after I read it, I bought the audio version so my husband and I could listen on a road trip. And I’m not a rereader of books. It’s a great book and I have the authors first book on my to be read book.

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  219. I have heard that it’s a tough read.

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    • I’ve read it twice and listened to it once since it came out. I believe I’m going to pick it up and read it again soon because it is so incredible. A book to be savored.

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  220. Liked it – a lot! But some in my book club did not.

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  221. Loved it! It was a tad slow to start, but in the grand scheme of the book, that is actually part of the story. It is one of the best books I have read in a long time – fabulous story, superb characters, and wonderful language!

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  222. It has moments of feeling slow but it well worth reading

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  223. Definitely worth reading.

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  224. My entire book club really enjoyed – and it’s hard to find something that all of us like!

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  225. Keep going, it does come together and has a great ending

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  226. Loved it from the beginning
    So did my book club

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  227. I tried to like it twice but after 60 pages I just couldn’t go on with it.

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  228. I’m listening to it.

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  229. It’s one of my favorite books. It’s beautiful!

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  230. Keep trying! Realize that it covers a broad scope of Russian history in the 20th century. His life becomes much more than one room in an old hotel. My friend who was in the Peace Corps in the USSR told me that the hotel is a real, vast building in the middle of Moscow.

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  231. Keep reading. It gets better as his life unfolds.

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  232. Such beautiful use of language!

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  233. Please keep going….it’s a wonderful book!

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  234. Hang in there. It is really good.

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  235. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  236. I just got it. Need the righttime to begin.

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  237. Keep going. I found that it has great moments and I love the relationships he makes.

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  238. Absolutely loved it. It was one of the books that inspired me to up my minimum page count before abandoning a book. I recall the slow start turned out to be a great foundation

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  239. Keep reading. It has a great story to tell!

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  240. I found it just so so.

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  241. Loved this book. I was sad when it was over.

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  242. One of the best books I have ever read!

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  243. Keep going, it is wonderful📘📒📙📕📗📔

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  244. I listened to it on Audible, I enjoyed it.

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  245. My favorite book of the last year or more. Still think about it! Will read again, loved it so much. Language, descriptions, atmosphere, a masterpiece.

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  246. I didn’t want it to end!

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  247. After 100 it picks up quickly, keep reading….

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  248. Loved it. Stick with it!

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  249. One of my all time favourite!!

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  250. Stick with it. Elegant!

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  251. One of my favorites this year.

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  252. Stay with it a bit longer—it’s very gradual, but you will find yourself immersed in the world the author creates within the hotel.

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  253. I enjoyed the audiobook

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  254. Hang in. It’s worth it.

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  255. It’s such an amazing read. I loved it!

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  256. Very slow for first half but keep plugging through—you will love it by the end!

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  257. One of my faves, wanted to read it again when I finished it!

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  258. Hang in there it is a great book!

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  259. Keep reading. I loved it.

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  260. It’s more than worth it–keep plugging away! So lovely. I’m ready to read it again. <3

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  261. I loved it. Worth the read, keep going, you won’t be disappointed.

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  262. I tried it twice and had the same reaction.

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  263. Please, please stick with it! It’s not a plot driven story and the language and writing is so beautiful. It’s a wonderful character study and such a beautiful book!!! It’s my favorite book!

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  264. I absolutely loved that book! One of my all-time favorites!

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  265. I agree that it was slow for quite a while and suddenly couldn’t put it down. The characters came alive and everyone mattered. Nothing is wasted.

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  266. Hello. I had also heard great things about it – including it was President Obama’s favorite book – but I started it and put it aside. Perhaps I’ll try again, but it felt slow to me as well.

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  267. It was ok, I did keep waiting for it to get better.

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  268. Reading now and loving it. Tried to get it finished before book club last week but life got in the way. Everyone at club gathering loved it and many remarked it all fit together as the continued reading.

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  269. For me it got better after chapter 3

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  270. Couldn’t get into it either

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  271. You will love it. Actually it’s now one of my favorite books. So many delicious facets.

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  272. I found it to be a bit of a chore to read but the story was good and worth it. However, since I truly believe in So many books, so little time, I’d say if it’s not pleasurable to you, stop reading it.

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  273. Keep reading! It was a wonderful read!

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  274. I loved it. It takes a while to get into it, but it’s a 5 star read.

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  275. One of the best books I’ve read in years! The story stays with you long afterwards.

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  276. It was a slog for me to get through the first several chapters. I listened to the rest on audio and the narrator gave enough life to the characters that I was able to finish it that way. It was an enjoyable story in the end but I had to force my way through it.

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  277. Just to show everyone’s taste is different, I thoroughly enjoyed the book!

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  278. I listen to it on audible since reading is difficult for me. It took a little bit to get into but loved every minute it really is one of my favorites and that hotel is real

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  279. Loved it. Worth sticking with it.

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  280. It’s wonderful. Stick with it. Beautifully written and should be in the top 100.

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  281. Best book I’ve read in decades. Heard Amor Towles speak this past April about the book-wonderful!

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  282. The audio version was excellent, maybe try that instead of reading?

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  283. I loved it. One of my favorites!

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  284. No, but I have two reader friends that say it’s great. I value their book recommendations more than any. I have had it for awhile and for some reason just pick up a different book.

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  285. Keep at it! I thought it was slow going but it is a beautiful read!

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  286. It took me awhile to get into it as well-

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  287. I really liked it, great discussion for book club.

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  288. I thought it was fantastic, well written and with such delightful observations on life.

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  289. Btw the same author also wrote Rules of Civility, which I didn’t think I liked very much, but it was also one of those books I couldn’t stop thinking about for a while.

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  290. I know that it’s a bestseller, so there must be a reason.
    Stay with it.

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  291. Hands down best book I read in 2017

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  292. It’s an interesting story! I loved it!

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  293. Stay with it. It won’t disappoint. Loved it.

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  294. Keep going. It’s a beautiful story about “the luckiest man in Moscow”. One of my faves

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  295. I found it to be slow through out the book. Several friends highly recommended it and I could not get into it at all.

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  296. Hang in there—one of the best ever!

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  297. Loved it! One of my favorite books.

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  298. Most people, including me, loved it

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  299. It was a pleasure to read! The writing in A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW is delightful.This book is full of elegant language, reflecting, I assume, the language of a gentleman; stories of the count’s past and of the lives of others in the hotel; friendships to last 30 years; and plenty of sarcasm and philosophy. But don’t expect that this is similar to Amor Towles’ excellent RULES OF CIVILITY. Frankly, I read A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW because I loved RULES OF CIVILITY. But they aren’t alike; A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW is better.

    Sentenced in 1922 to house arrest, the gentleman, Count Alexander Rostov, may never again leave his home, a grand hotel in Moscow. But the count befriends various employees there and becomes involved with so many aspects of life there, we see him make a large life for himself.

    This book is full of elegant language, reflecting, I assume, the language of a gentleman; stories of the count’s past and of the lives of others in the hotel; friendships to last 30 years; and plenty of sarcasm and philosophy. But don’t expect that this is similar to Amor Towles’ excellent RULES OF CIVILITY.

    Frankly, I read A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW because I loved RULES OF CIVILITY. But they aren’t alike; A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW is better.

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  300. I’m listening to the audio in the car, and loving it A LOT. The accent of the reader is great and lends some depth to the narrative. I recommend this!

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  301. I am reading it now! I really like it. It’s so well written; it’s a great story

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  302. Reading it now, just started, and yes, a little slow. But I’m keepin the faith!

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  303. So this thread sort of makes me feel like my “little secret” of how completely amazing this book is has gotten out! I’ve kind of felt like the whole world should love this book, and I think maybe it almost does! This book is my absolute favorite ever.

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  304. Stick with it, it picks up.

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  305. I loved every minute! Considered it a bit long but not slow. 😀

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  306. I didn’t want it to end.

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  307. I did not want this book to end either. I was at loose ends for a couple of days.

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  308. I just checked it out because y’all recommended it so well.

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  309. Stay with it!! It is one of my favorite books and the count is one of my favorite characters.

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  310. I read it. Does anyone have recommendations for similar books?

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    • I will think about that. Another historical fiction,, written elegantly nut COMPLETEY different us News of the word by Jiles. Texas, 1870 Captain Kidd is an old man who travels around reading the news . He agrees to take a returned 10 year old girl who was captured by Indians home to her family. It is quite a story.

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    • I’ve never read anything like it before, but would sure love to find a read alike.

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    • Sharyn one of my book clubs is reading that in a couple months and I am looking forward to it!

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    • Cori I think you will enjoy it. I now have another book bybher on my TBR pile, Enemy women. Hope it is as good.

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    • Sharyn I read Enemy Women years ago, but truthfully, don’t remember much about it! I might need to revisit it.

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  311. Picks up as it goes along and can be funny

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    • I’m listening to this, and loving it. I laughed out loud at the scene in the kitchen with the oranges and the bishop. Going to be sad when it is over.

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  312. Worth it to hang in there!

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  313. One of my favorite books ever. I was totally engaged from the start.

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  314. I couldn’t get into it. But others loved it.

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  315. Julie, I’m just curious – after all this response have you continued to read it or given up?

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  316. A TERRIFIC READ Nicholas & Alexandra is a commanding book, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert K. Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs’ lives: Nicholas’s political naïveté, Alexandra’s obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis’s brave struggle with hemophilia. Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Massie unfolds a powerful drama of passion and history—the story of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble.

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  317. I have had the book for a while on my “next to read” table but after all the comments here I decided to start it this morning. Wow. I am not finding it to be a slow start and love the author’s writing style. I think my to do list for the weekend may have just been lost.

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  318. I’ve heard the same. I, too, just started this book, but I was told it’s worth it.

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  319. I am biased because I love the time period/setting. I’ve also been to Moscow and know the hotel. Amor Towles did a Q&A session for a full house this past year in Naples which was important in my bias as well. I love the main character, but if you haven’t gotten to his relationship w/9 year old girl who he later takes her child to raise when she heads to Siberia–keep reading. Well worth it for me!!!

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  320. Keep going. It gets better.

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  321. An all time favorite- hang in there

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  322. It’s fabulous. I heard the author speak. Very entertaining.

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  323. I loved it. It was a complete change from all the murder and mahem in most books today!

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  324. Agree with comments that it had a slow start, but ultimately, it was intriguing.

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  325. I’m loving it now! Thanks for motivating me to carry on. What a unique story.

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  326. Read it after much hesitation. Subject matter didn’t appeal. Loved it! Highly recommend.

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  327. I am so thankful to this group for mentioning The Gentleman in Moscow. I had all I could take of Great Expectations and started Gentleman last night. I’m hooked from the first couple of pages and look forward to learning how he masters his circumstances “when one had been sentenced to a life of confinement.”

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  328. Loved it! It definitely will get better you will fall in love with this delightfully good gentleman!

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  329. I am on page 99 of a Gentleman in Moscow and I am in love. He has just so graciously helped the sensitive young man further his romance with the serious young woman. Sigh.

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    • The best is yet to come.

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    • Gets better and better

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    • I have the recipe for Latvian Stew. Delish.

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    • Rickee, I’m going to look that up. Perfect contribution to my book club meeting in 2 weeks.

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    • Chris ping me if you can’t find it and I will gladly post the recipe. It was somewhat odd, but the end result was really good.

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    • Rickee I found several, one of which has no spices – just pork, onions,prunes, apricots,tomato, and water, salt, pepper. Did you try this one, or one with more spices?

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    • Chris, here it is: Amor Towles’s Latvian Stew Recipe from A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW. I added garlic (because everything is better with garlic).

      Prep Time: 25 minutes
      Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

      Yield: 6-8 servings

      Ingredients

      3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
      Salt and freshly ground black pepper
      6 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
      6 carrots, peeled, trimmed, and sliced crosswise
      4 tablespoons tomato paste
      5 cups water
      1 cup dried apricots
      1 pound white boiling onions, peeled, each cut into 6 wedges
      1 cup pitted prunes

      Instructions:
      Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until meat releases its juices and is no longer pink all over, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and cook until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and water, then add apricots. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and gently simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes.
      Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until deep golden brown, about 15 minutes.
      Add onions and prunes to stew and continue to simmer over medium-low heat until pork is tender and sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes more. Adjust seasonings.

      Notes:
      Serve this stew accompanied by boiled potatoes, buttered and garnished with chopped parsley, if you like (I substituted buttered noodles for the potatoes).

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    • I made this for my book club and they loved it!

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  330. Just finished. Remarkable. Made it onto my favorites list. ❤️

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  331. I am listening to the audiobook for this, LOVING it a lot, and I want to get this for my mom. I wonder if the printed book could possibly be as wonderful as the audio, and need confirmation from all of you who read it that way! Any opinions? Should I spring for the audio, or will she love the paper book as much?

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  332. It sits next to my bed…ready to be read.🐐

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  333. Oh the quandary. I’m more than halfway finished and want to know how it ends but I want it to last.

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  334. Im on page 83 & Im sooooo bored!

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  335. Here’s a great suggestion: by Frederik Backman, entitled, MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHES SORRY. You’ll love every word❣️

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  336. A masterpiece in my opinion!

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  337. Agreed!❤️❗️

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  338. I think it’s a matter of taste – I loved the writing style from the beginning and couldn’t put it down. Other friends found it tedious…

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  339. My Bookclub loved it. Stick with it.

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  340. I just finished it. It’s not a page turner, but the story is such a good one. You cannot race through every book. This one gives you lots to think about. Also I really loved the Count.

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