I loved this book and the really great gentlemanly voice of its narrator. The book captures a man, a voice, a view that was a moment captured in time amongst the world changing around him. This is a great study of tone and style above all, and the ending was both beautifully surprising and fitting. (spoiler alert!) The aristocratic Russian who is under house arrest for so many years after the revolution finally breaks free. And where is the one place he longs to go to as an old man? Not anywhere free, not anywhere that would move him forward in life and time. Instead, he moves back, returning to his hometown, to his family's old estate, to the place that had defined him for all his childhood, young adulthood, and throughout his exile/imprisonment.