I may have posted this too late in the month, but I would love to get a book discussion going on this book. I hope someone will be interested but if not, we’ll try again next month.
I’ve been dying to read this book for quite some time. I finally got a chance to start it last night. From the first pages, I think I’m going to love it. I’ve always been fascinated by Russia, especially in the time period this book is set in. I’ve been looking at various articles and opinions and discussions about this book. I have to admit that I had to look up how the Bolsheviks took control over the Soviet Union in 1917.
You can find more explanation of how the Bolsheviks led by Joseph Stalin got control of Russia here
Here is an interesting Q & A with the author Amor Towles. He reveals why he is interested in writing books set in the early 20th Century. Also, even though he has been to Russia only a few times, he states that he is fascinated by the artists of Russia. Painters, poets, and writers.
I am looking forward to getting into this book more as my time permits. It is so aggravating to me that things like life and work interfere with my true passion.
If anyone would like to read this book along with me and discuss it, just let me know. There are lots of book club discussion questions that would generate an interesting and lively debate. Some can be found here.
I found an interview with the author, Amor Towels on youtube that is worth watching where Towels talks about this book.