This is a sneaking and conspiring book...the surface is a fascinating tale about a fascinating man. Beneath the surface there is political corruption, the manipulations of an oligarchy and the way ordinary and extraordinary people survive because they love one another, for the long haul. Gentle humour, well paced and divine characterization. The final pages and the final plot will take your breath away. Could you be that loyal?

great russian story
This is a delightful account of Count Rostov under house arrest at the Moscow Metropol Hotel for 1/2 of his life. All the politics and personalities of Moscow and the hotel where he manages to find a useful life.