Report on a Gentleman in Moscow
Was also thrilled that everyone enjoyed the read of A Gentleman in Moscow and it fared so well in the ratings.
Although there was a note that many of the excesses of the early Soviet regime seem to be downplayed, it seems in keeping with the sense of the novel that the isolation was treated as a world in itself – not ignorance, but through enforced isolation. What contacts there are poignant in sometime kafkaesque treatment. The sense of the innocence of the young, unencumbered by the biases of waging are superbly treated through the unique relationship between the Count and a 9 year old Sophia.
Thoroughly satisfying and richly rewarding. It was in fact my choice as best book I read in 2016 – thrilled that the club found it equally rich.
Votes for the record were:
Onward to the Ennis Book Club Festival