Love Towles’ “A Gentlemen in Moscow” depicts a major life in an apparently little world and illustrates Soviet history from 1922 through 1954. In this flawlessly composed and dazzling story, Amor Towles tells a story of the triumph of goodness over mercilessness and cheerfulness over despondency. This second novel is as pleasant and connecting with as his to begin with, “Guidelines of Civility.”
In 1922, the Emergency Committee of the People’s Commissariat For Internal Affairs sentences Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov to spend whatever is left of his life inside the Hotel Metropol for composing the ballad “Where Is It Now?”, which brashly posed the question, “where is our motivation now?” In forcing the sentence, the prosecutor declared that the Count “has succumbed permanently to the defilements of his class and now represents a danger to the very goals he once upheld. On that premise, our slant would be to have you taken from this chamber and put against the divider.” Instead, the Count is sentenced to a lifetime in the Hotel Metropol, where he has already lived in sumptuous facilities. Obviously, when he is come back to the Hotel, he is expelled from his rich facilities and moved to a solitary upper room.
In attempting to change in accordance with his new conditions, the Count lets himself know that “if a man does not ace his conditions then he will undoubtedly be aced by them” and that “envisioning what may happen on the off chance that one’s conditions were diverse was the main beyond any doubt course to franticness.” And so the Count conforms to the 30 or more years that he at last spends in the Hotel. Obviously there are a few difficulties en route.