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Members NIS 20
Non-members NIS 25  Price includes refreshments

Talking About Books    4.00pm Tuesday 26 June

When A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles opens, its hugely memorable central figure – the stylishly cultured, urbane and aristocratic Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov – has been found guilty by a 1922 Bolshevik tribunal of writing a counter-revolutionary poem and has become a former person.
His long accustomed day-to-day life amidst the fin-de-siècle pleasures of Moscow’s Hotel Metropol is not to be replaced by the Siberian gulag. In place of his ultra-luxurious home in Suite 327, he will instead spend several decades under house arrest in the cramped and unglamorous surroundings of the hotel’s attic room. We witness his adventures as he recreates a purposeful social and gentlemanly life for himself under extraordinary conditions.
Uncomplainingly and with great charm, the Count makes the best of everything and becomes a waiter. Elegant manners come in useful. His ability to handle situations, however awkward, is tested time and again – for instance, knowledge of fine wines is handy when all labels have been taken off bottles in the cellar so that each should seem equally good. This is an affectionate, whimsical treatment of years which we really know, historically, to have been ugly and cruel, but none of that intrudes into the generous and often hilarious world inside the hotel lobby. The cast overflows with striking characters within an elaborate plot – but you must read it for yourself! Highly recommended.
As with all our book choices, a copy is available from the Gura Family Memorial Library but you might also enjoy reading it on your iPad or Kindle. Our Talking about Books group is led by Judy Frankel and you’re welcome to come whether or not you’ve read the book. There’s no book club membership but please let us know if you would like to be on the Talking About Books mailing list.

COMING UP (all meetings begin at 4.00pm):

Tuesday 31 July      The Dry                             Jane Harper

Tuesday 28 August   My Name is Lucy                 Barton Elizabeth Strout

No meeting in September

Tuesday 30 October   Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine   Gail Honeyman

Tuesday 27 November   The Underground Railroad    Colson Whitehead



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