A 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. This book has 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 are 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. We have a few more recommendations as well. Please, keep reading.
What should I read if I like ‘Gentleman in Moscow’?
You can read the following books which can provide similar content and style:
‘Pachinko’ by Min Jin Lee
This historical fiction novel deals with the 1910s to 1980s of 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 within the setting of the present day.
‘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. This story is set in the World War II era and follows the characters through their experiences of war before leading up to the end of the war. Both books 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 several 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. If you want to read about the past, you will enjoy 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 the 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. He is then taken on by a new housekeeper 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” by Amor Towles, then we recommend reading any of these books as well! You might also like to try other titles from the list. What book will you read next? Let us know your thoughts on this blog post and what else should be added to this list.
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