We broke the streak!
It’s been eleven months since we awarded the Stamp of Approval to a book (it was Chris Cleave’s Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, which I wouldn’t mind reading again). At long last, we have broken this long, barren streak of nothingness and chosen A Gentleman In Moscow, by Amor Towles, as the new recipient of our coveted Bookworms Anonymous Stamp of Approval.
This is the story of Count Alexander Rostov: an aristocrat deemed unrepentant by the Bolsheviks, and sentenced to house arrest in the Hotel Metropol, located across the street from the Kremlin. It’s 1922 and the elegance of the era and Rostov’s erudition provide a grand setting and tone for the story.
This is a story best discovered as you read it, and I certainly don’t want to spoil the experience, so I won’t give any of the storyline away. You’ll find yourself savoring the phrases, repeating them aloud, and thinking about the characters long after you finish the book.
If you haven’t read it yet, go ahead and click on the book cover and treat yourself right now. This isn’t merely a purchase–it’s an investment. You’ll want to read this one more than once.
[note: The price will be the same for you, but I will receive a few cents if you purchase the book through Amazon by clicking on the book cover. You can also head to Amazon directly, or to the author’s website at www.amortowles.com.]