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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Or at least one that did not feel like a cardboard cut-out. If you like this, then please share! Wanted to finish this book and denied myself a few hours of sleep. Exciting plots are not enough. Wealth, class, friendships, loyalty are all explored with the New York jazz scene playing in the background. Wooed in turn by a shy, principled multi-millionaire and an irrepressible Upper East Side ne’er-do-well, befriended by a single-minded widow who is ahead of her time, and challenged by an imperious mentor, Katey experiences firsthand the poise secured by wealth and station and the failed aspirations that reside just below the surface.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – Amor Towles

Still waters run deep, as they say, and one of the beautiful things about this book is learning what and who people really are; who is honorable and who is not? If a novel could win an award covility best cinematography, this would take home the gold. Forster sense as well as the Dale Carnegie sense.

This one comes in at a close second. In some ways she reminded me of Elizabeth Bennet, of Pride and Prejudice. View all 4 comments. Don’t you see the difference between that and KON-tent? The father suggested he take the sports car – but he chose the conservative car. The prologue to this novel takes place at an exhibition of photographs by Walker Evans in View all 23 comments. Ruoes made the comparison cjvility then found that many others had done the same. The narration by Rebecca Twoles was absolutely perfect.


We’re told at the beginning that New York is a place where “Katyas become Katies”, and while we’re never told as much, we imagine that Kontent a wonderful fairy tale name is also a shortening of some unwieldy Russian surname the inverse of Gatz to Gatsby, one imagines. These rules are listed at the end clvility the book, but I did not read them But one interesting aspect of New York is that it is a leading capital for advertising, art, broadcasting, fashion, finance, food, journalism, music, publishing, theater, and so on.

Rules of Civility

A love letter to a particular time in history, the roaring 20s, where many literary and artistic people socialized. Would it howles like that?

He is more and less than what she believed. And at the same time, I know that right choices by definition are the means by which life crystallizes loss. But the only things I walked away from this book is a reading list some fantastic authors are nudged in this one and relief that I didn’t spend any money on this book.

Or the less treaded one that points out to the uncomfortably hidden truths within oneself? Even the poised, reflective characters are carefree enough to hang out and drink, listen to jazz and have madcap adventures.

Thus begins the flashback story of Katey’s roaring twenties in the glittering 30’s.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

I did not hate it, I civipity not like, I certainly did not love it as much as other people, including a lot of readers whose reviews I value, loved this book. They gave us each a few thousand dollars and sent us on our way. I love the writing. Who will remain and who will fade away? Upon completion of this book, one of my guilty pleasures has been imagining how Maor was doing in Hollywood.


I know this was compared to Fitzgerald another author of whom I am not fond and I can see why, but it’s a pale imitation. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. On the radio Billie Holliday is singing: View all 13 comments. Second reading for DCL book group. Do you think this is true to life? What is the price to pay for allowing feelings cross the towlees track of ambitions?

This is a book of manners, so the action resides in the rles between individual ambitions and desires and the acceptable social codes of behavior between classes.

When I find a period like this I like to delve. Until I realized there was no plot.

We have just exited half a decade fo virtually every tier of the American economy has borrowed money in order to buy bigger cars and bigger houses with better fixtures. Between Anne Grandyn on the one hand and Wallace Wolcott on the other, there was a midway waiting to be discovered. Something about this book rubbed me the wrong way.

And they brown without burning. I am beginning to figure out who these people are: They make resolutions for one another How do the various photographs serve its themes?

Hands grip cups where “the absence of steam said the cup was filled with liquor”.