Six Degrees of Separation: A Gentleman in Moscow to…

It’s a new month and time for another Six Degrees of Separation entry! Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly meme where Kate from booksaremyfavouriteandbest selects a title and then those of us who participate take that title and then link to other books. It’s such a fun meme and I look forward to seeing which title is selected each month!

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This month the title is one that I’ve read, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. So let’s see where this month takes me! Hint: we’re going to stay in Russia this month since there is so much inspiration there for good reads.


AGentlemanInMoscowCoverOfficial Synopsis from Goodreads: The mega-bestseller with more than 1.5 million readers that is soon to be a major television series

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility–a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   My Review

 I liked this book, but didn’t love it as much as I expected to. I was expecting to have more of a focus on the history of the Russian Revolution in this read, and I didn’t get that. But I did get much more of that in my first selection in this month’s chain:

The Revolution of Marina M by Janet Fitch

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The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch

Links:   Amazon |   Goodreads   |   My Review

 Oh I loved this book so much. Epic historical fiction is one of my favorite types of books, and this book did not disappoint. Dramatic, graphic, inspirational, and unforgettable. Book Two of Marina’s story, Chimes of a Lost Cathedral (link goes to Amazon), has just been released, and I’m waiting to dig into this read when I can devote a big section of time to it. Another book I loved about the Russian Revolution was:

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

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I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   My Review

 This one was a twisty read about Anastasia told in an interesting way. Told with two narratives, one narrative has Anastasia headed toward that fateful day in Ekaterinburg, and another narrative has Anna Anderson, one who claims to be Anastasia, and Anna’s narrative works backwards. While in some ways confusing, this had a fabulous ending and I ended up loving it! Another book I loved that focused on Anastasia was:

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

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 Links:   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   My Review

 This one is a YA re-telling with a fantastical spin, and I really thought that concept worked well here. The Romanov story is one that I find fascinating. Another book that I’ve read about the Romanov’s is:

The Tsarina’s Daughter by Carolly Erickson

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Links: Amazon   |   Goodreads

 I don’t remember too much about this book. I read it a very long time ago! This read focuses on Tatiana, another Romanov sister. Another book that focuses on another Russian royal is:

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie

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Links:   Amazon |   Goodreads

 This one is a bit different from the other reads in my chain as it is a nonfiction read, a biography of Catherine the Great. I also read this one quite a while ago, and I remember that it did take me quite a bit of time to get through. Another read that focuses on Russia that took me forever to get through is:

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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 Links:   Amazon |   Goodreads   |   My Review

 I do not understand the popularity of this book! Maybe it’s just because it took me so long to finish this one, but I just do not understand why so many people love this. I still haven’t seen the recent-ish miniseries, and perhaps that will help clarify characters and plot that I missed while reading. Oh well, they can’t all be great!

There’s my chain for the month of September! I stayed in Russia, a country whose history I am fascinated by, and one day I hope to travel there! Where will next month take me?

Have you read any of these books? Are there any famous classics that you can’t stand? Can you believe it’s already September!!??

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10 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation: A Gentleman in Moscow to…

  1. I’ve read A Gentleman in Moscow, and I didn’t love it as much as I was hoping to either. I am actually going to read I Am Anastasia this month for our book club, and I’m so excited about it! This was a great post! 🙂

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  2. I found “A Gentleman In Moscow” fun and interesting in a most ‘ridiculous, but true’ (?) sort of way. I was never sure how much of it was true, but I couldn’t put it down just the same.
    Another book that might have fit in here somewhere, and if you’d needed another book, is “Peter The Great”. The first half of this book was all about the Beautiful Life in the beautiful cities of Russia and I found it fascinating. It also dealt with the Romanovs and their end. The second half of the book was all about the wars and, frankly, not in a personable way the I could stand. Therefore, I suppose I will never know what became of Russia and the Russian people (Sigh). How can two halves of the same book by the same author be so different?

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    1. Oh wow, that Peter the Great book sounds fascinating! The difference in halves of the book sounds so much like a lot of the nonfiction that’s out there. It’s like the author doesn’t quite know what to focus on. The first part of that book sounds really interesting! There’s just something about Russian history that draws me in.

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  3. I have started War & Peace a few times and very quickly cast it aside… it’s just too big (physically) and yes, I could get an ebook but I spent a lot of time tracking down the translation that was widely regarded as the best and it was only available as a hard copy. A few summers ago I started it on an app that serialised long books, and prompted you to read a small bit each day. It was going well until I compared the app to my hard copy, and I saw how poor the app translation was in comparison to the book… I loved the BBC television series though!

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    1. I like your link to Bel Canto. That’s a title I haven’t read yet but keep thinking about reading!
      I really enjoy this meme – it’s always different and I love how we all start with the same book but end up going totally different routes!

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