Amor Towles | Fiction 2016
I really want to like this book, but I keep falling asleep or getting distracted, or picking up my iPad to see if anyone emailed me in the last ten minutes. I am 100 pages in, which represents a significant commitment, and I think I must close the book and return it to the library.
I keep thinking that I "should" like it, and if only I were a more mature reader who could revel in the rather heavy-handed writing style, I would be a better person. There IS humor and some fascinating visual descriptions, but the theme .... a Count who is under house arrest in a hotel in Moscow in 1922 ... is boring. The inner flap tells me he will meet some interesting people, but he hasn’t yet.
An interesting review was written by Bill Gates. He said you do not have to be a Russophile to like this book. I think maybe you do.
I am surprised, because my dental hygienist Julie and I consistently agree about books we like and don’t like. I hope she remains gentle with my mouth when she discovers I abandoned this recommendation from her.