First Paragraph: A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles

I’m reading A Gentleman In Moscow for an upcoming book club meeting. I’m just barely into it so I don’t have an opinion yet. Here’s how the story begins:


An Ambassador

At half past six on the twenty-first of June 1922, when Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov was escorted through the gate of the Kremlin onto Red Square, it was glorious and cool. Drawing his shoulders back without breaking stride, the Count inhaled the air like one fresh from a swim. The sky was the very blue that the cupolas of St. Basil’s had been painted for. Their pinks, greens, and golds shimmered as if it were the sole purpose of a religion to cheer its Divinity. Even the Bolshevik girls conversing before the windows of the State Department Store seemed dressed to celebrate the last days of spring.


What do you think?

Would you keep reading?


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6 Responses to First Paragraph: A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles

  1. A few days back, one of my book friends recommended it. I am adding it to my TBR, right away. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I am definitely curious about this one. I wonder what his business is at the Kremlin, and what will happen next. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “NOT A SOUND”

  3. emma says:

    What a picture this paints. Lovely and clear in my mind.

  4. It certainly looks interesting – I’ll look out for your thoughts on this book. I like historical fiction and really don’t know much about Russia in the 1920s.

  5. I loved this one…hope you do too.

  6. Diane says:

    I’ve seen this one around a lot; I’m curious but, not sure it’s for me.

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