My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I "discovered" theis author after reading his short story You Have Arrived at Your Destination which I loved and I was not diasappointed with his longer work either. Towles has created a lasting character, with a superb storyline, witty, paced writing which is superbly read by voice over artist Nicholas Guy Smith. I admit I was interrupted in my listening mid way and perhaps this made it feel a bit overlong, but I thought the build up to the ending was marvellous especially for any lover of the movie classic Casablanca which coincidently I had only just recently rewatched for the umpteenth time.
I see that Kenneth Branagh has bought the movie rights to the book and there is supposed to be a TV miniseries of it coming out, presumably now delayed because of COVID. I'm really looking forward to that as I think it should translate to the screen very well, so fingers crossed Rostov's Metropole will be as lasting as Rick's American Café
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