Five years ago, three friends and I set out to read some of the “great books” – or those works of literature which would merit re-reading several times over the. With its sparkling depiction of New York’s social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, Rules of Civility won the hearts . Set in New York City in , Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year-old named.

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Touted as “Mad Men: In New York it becomes so easy to assume that the city’s most alluring women have flown in from Paris or Milan. These stories were available for awhile as an ebook; but in cviility, I removed them from distribution having decided to turn them into a novel.

Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles- 5 Stars! You know she married someone else after the first 2 pages. The writing is dense, yet fluid and ambient, rich as a contralto, and cool as a saxophone. I was only going to rate it four stars.

Rules of Civility – Amor Towles

In Kate is reflecting on that year’s experiences which changed their lives forever. Overall, the beauty of the novel endures, and the sensuality of the prose lingers.

Louis Dispatch, and NPR. And in New York City, especially Manhattan, in that struggling decade of the s, Towles has found a great story to tell and I plan to read it again. Something like a plot or an interesting character. Two’s company, three’s a crowd, soon seems evident to Katey, however.


They meet Tinker Grey, a well groomed, well heeled banker who is a man in need of a good time and Eve and Katey are the right two gals to provide it. By the end of the novel each one is very special, each in their own way. The only mention of the dire economic conditions of the Depression is in the opening chapter which is set in This book was strange for me, at points, it was a 5, at other points a 1. While you’re lost in the whirl of silk stockings, furs and hip flasks, all you care about is what Katey Kontent does next.

Aug 01, Victoria rated it it was amazing.

In a photo dated one year later he looks underweight and dirty in a threadbare coat. The tale of the shoeshine.

So yeah, can you tell I didn’t care for this one much? Walking through an unsullied hour with an unsullied heart. Think of how exaggerated the accents and mannerisms Immigrants or Trust Funds? Unfortunately, though it would appear that Wallace has both feet planted firmly on the ground, he is also subject to making bad choices and he makes a real humdinger.

What have you been reading? Yes, you civillty to try to recover from her name which is so obviously “made for voiceover” that it’s painful. Each sit in their own places. The story follows Katey Kontent really?


Rules of Civility: Reading Guide

If you read and enjoyed The Gentleman in Moscow, but Elegant otwles exuberant…a year in a life and what a year it was!

Rules of Civility left me cold.

Towlees all 7 comments. Each is described with similes so that you see in which group each one belongs. So what is it I love? Decathlon Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – 4 stars.

Rules of Civility: Reading Guide – Amor Towles

Wealth, class, friendships, loyalty are all explored with the New York jazz scene playing in towlss background. I liked the portrayal of different levels of New York society, and how some people were so desperate to fit in.

His first novel, Rules of Civility, published inwas a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback and was ranked by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of How has this author so well captured the essence of his female characters? Thank you, Amor Towles, for writing such a lovely and sophisticated novel. Another one bartender, please. As one party ends another one begins.

I liked the story, but wanted to like it more.