Inside the Hotel Metropol, a Life is Lived. Inside your Library, a World Awaits
This series of blog posts explores the rooms of the Hotel Metropol, setting of this year’s One Read title, and recommends books and films related to these scenes. For a true admirer of the written word, one book is never the end of the story.
The Count’s “new quarters” in the Belfry
After being moved to considerably downgraded quarters at the Hotel Metropol, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov decides he finally has time to read the essays of Michel de Montaigne, a volume much loved by his father.
“Without a doubt, it was a book for when the birds had flown south, the wood was stacked by the fireplace, and the fields were white with snow; that is, for when one had no desire to venture out and one’s friends had no desire to venture in.” pg. 30. Is it good reading for a long cold winter or the best way to prop up a tilted bureau? You decide!
The Complete Works: Essays, Travel Journal, Letters by Michel de Montaigne
Not long after his relocation, the Count meets young hotel resident, Nina, who schools him in the intricacies of the Hotel Metropol. He realizes that there are “rooms behind rooms and doors behind doors.” pg. 56 Shortly thereafter, he finds a novel way to expand his cramped living quarters. Perhaps a few fantasy novels on the magic of passing through a secret door are in order?
“Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman
“House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielwski
“The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern
“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis