A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
This book is beautiful. It follows the story of a Russian aristocrat, the Count, committed to house arrest in a luxury hotel in Moscow at the onset of the Bolshevik revolution. The characters in this novel are written with color, depth, and many shades. The novel flows seamlessly through history rich with detail that never gets overwhelming or bogs down the narrative. I love, love, love this book! Please read it!
After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration—and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour.
Yes, thought the Count, the world does spin. In fact, it spins on its axis even as it revolves around the sun. And the galaxy turns as well, a wheel within a greater wheel, producing a chime of an entirely different nature than that of a tiny hammer in a clock. And when that celestial chime sounds, perhaps a mirror will suddenly serve its truer purpose - revealing to a man not who he imagines himself to be, but who he has become.
Fate would not have the reputation it has, if it simply did what it seemed it would do.