Books like Gentleman in Moscow

By Rakib Sarwar Written by Rakib Sarwar
Updated on August 13, 2023

If you’re an avid book reader, you’re surely asking looking for other books like Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Gentleman in Moscow is a charming read that will make you feel right at home. The story is about a man who is confined to a hotel in Moscow. It’s been hailed as the Russian version of Gone with the Wind. It is a story of hope and determination set in the darkest of times. If you’re looking for a book with the same level of charm and elegance as ‘The Gentleman in Moscow’, we have a few recommendations for you.

If you enjoyed Gentleman in Moscow, we would recommend reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. In Our Bones is also a great choice and was written by the granddaughter of Sylvia Plath. If you are looking for something set in more recent history, Black Sunday is an excellent option for the Nigerian Civil War. Night Train to Lisbon is a philosophical novel that takes place over the course of one night and All the Light We Cannot See tells the story of two people living during World War II. Here are a few more of our recommended books for people who like Gentleman in Moscow as well. Please keep reading.

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‘Pachinko’ by Min Jin Lee

Books like Gentleman in Moscow - Cover of Min Jin Lee's book titled Pachinko

This historical fiction novel deals with the 1910s to 1980s in Japan. Many of the main characters are Koreans who have had to emigrate from their home and create a new life in Japan. If you are a fan of Gentleman in Moscow, then you will probably enjoy Pachinko as well. Both novels acquaint the reader with life inside the Russian/Japanese communities in a present-day setting.

‘In Our Bones’ by Pernell Plath Meier

This novel is written by the granddaughter of Sylvia Plath. It tells the story of three generations of women and is set in New York City. This novel discusses feminist issues and is a great read for those looking for a connection to Sylvia Plath. Both novels ‘In Our Bones’ and ‘Gentleman in Moscow’ explore the boundaries of such time-honored ideas as dignity, bravery, and self-sacrifice.

‘Black Sunday’ by Tola Rotimi Abraham

This is a Nigerian Civil War novel that takes place over one day. The main character is living in the oil-boom town of Port Harcourt and is trying to survive before the war reaches his neighborhood. If you liked Gentleman in Moscow, you will definitely like Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham. Although both are very different stories, they have several things in common. One similarity is that Gentleman in Moscow has a strong sense of connection with the African continent, which Black Sunday also brings out.

‘All the Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr

This novel follows a blind French girl and a German boy. The story is set in the World War II era and follows the characters through their war experiences leading up to the end of the conflict. Doerr’s book and Gentleman in Moscow are masterpieces in their own right, but they focus on two different aspects of history. All the Light We Cannot See focuses on World War II, while Gentleman in Moscow focuses on the events immediately following World War I.

‘Night Train to Lisbon’ by Pascal Mercier

This is a novel that takes place in one night and forces the reader to confront their own personal thoughts and beliefs. It tells the story of a Swiss philosopher who is trying to find answers in his life. If you like Gentleman in Moscow, I suggest reading Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier. This book is also rooted in history (the rise of the Nazis in Germany) but has an unusual narrative style. The author writes from different points of view, playing with his readers’ expectations of perspective.

‘The Secret Wisdom of the Earth’ by Christopher Scotton

This historical fiction novel tells the story of three boys from the coal-mining town of Hazard, Kentucky. It also tells the story of a 12-year-old Cherokee boy and discusses the Trail of Tears. Well, the Gentleman in Moscow and The Secret Wisdom of the Earth couldn’t be more different. The Gentleman in Moscow is much slower-paced and much less action-oriented. Still, Secret Wisdom of the Earth is one of our recommended books for men who like Gentleman in Moscow.

‘Kafka’ on the Shore’ by Haruki Murakami

This novel follows two characters as they journey through their lives. The main male character leaves home and sets out to find his own way, while the other male character works at a library and has to battle his own inner demons. If you like Gentleman in Moscow, then you would like Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami because both books are translated from Japanese and are essentially family sagas. Also, both stories deal with coming of age and the relationships between parents and children.

‘The Housekeeper and the Professor’ by Yoko Ogawa

This novel follows a mathematician who has been in an accident. A housekeeper then takes the mathematician in and they develop a strong relationship. If you like Gentlemen in Moscow, then you will also like ‘The Housekeeper and the Professor’ by Yoko Ogawa because they both talk about the same thing. Both books explore and discuss what it means to be human and how we should exist in a society full of secrets and lies. 

If you love Gentleman in Moscow, then we recommend reading any of these above books as well! You might also like the other titles from our list. What book will you read next? Let us know your thoughts on this blog post and share with us, in your opinion, what books are like Gentleman in Moscow.

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