I can’t believe this was our third Book Club Christmas!! Some have come and some have gone but the hardcore group remains. Lol! We once again went to The Brit Pub in nearby Cwmafan for a very Christmas night out armed with parcels, chocolates and dingbats!! We pre-ordered from this delicious menu and I must say that the food was lovely.
We briefly discussed our chosen book ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ but only two the group had managed to finish reading it in the allocated time! However, we all agreed that we would continue to read as it is such a wonderfully well written delight of a read. I am at a stage where I am struggling a little as it seems that nothing is happening but the pleasure of reading the written word and conjuring up the images that is creates is worth the struggle. I also have it on strong recommendation that it is a roller coaster of emotions book and has its ups and down so keep at it. I love the count. He is the kind of person that I would love to spend time with. He is such a humble gentleman and I’m sure it would have been a privilege to know him and be his friend.
I can’t write too much about the book in this blog as I haven’t read enough but very briefly the book begins in 1922 Russia and spans 30 years all seen through the eyes of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov. The Count has been placed under house arrest and is destined to spend his years in a luxury hotel, the Metropol. It is not, however, the luxury suite that he has been living in for the last several years, but he has now been moved to a small attic room with only a little window to look out of each day. He meets a number of guests and staff, forms relationships with these and from this experience the love, friendship and humanity that these encounters provoke. Much more that that I can not tell you as I have not read much more and thank you so much to Adam and Jayne for not wanting to discuss the book last night as four of us had not complete it! Shameful!
Please leave us your thoughts and comments on this book. Thank you. Merry Christmas.