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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KIRKUS REVIEW Manhattan in the late s is the setting for this saga of a bright, attractive and ambitious young woman whose relationships with her insecure roommate and the privileged Adonis they meet in a jazz club are never the same after an auto accident.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Such a great feel for the Jazz Age. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles 3 stars. As an investment professional with two young children, this structure civiltiy hellish. Would it happen like that? Heavy on the style, light on the substance. He is more and less than what she believed. Something about this book rubbed me the wrong way. Sometimes we have to live through different things before we’re ready. At times, the lush descriptions threaten to eclipse the story, and the characters recede.

The hands were splayed between the nine and three, like two duelers back to back who have counted off paces and are about to turn and fire. Throughout history there seem to be these brief periods when a group of varied talents come together and advance a whole art form by leaps and bounds.

RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles | Kirkus Reviews

None of the characters in the book are based on anyone in particular. Across fules strata of society from flophouses to penthouses, we have the pleasure of meeting some wonderful characters, not all of whom are as they first appear.


Eve is disfigured but spots an opportunity for justice: Tinker is enigmatic, adorable and lives his life according to George Washington’s Rules of Civility. I liked that she was clever and also moral, and she tried to do the right thing in difficult situations. towlds

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – review

Brooklyn girl Katey Kontent and her boardinghouse mate, Midwestern beauty Eve Ross, are expert flirts who become an instant, inseparable threesome with mysterious young banker Tinker Grey. Furthermore, there are no soup kitchens, no panhandlers, or anybody selling apples or pencils on street corners.

Let me tell you- he is not! And at the same time, I know that right choices by definition are the means by which life crystallizes loss. Speaking of ironies, there is a poignant scene in the book that finds a young man and a young woman riding in a car during autumn in New York. She had no depth or emotion and it was weird reading in her perspective because everything seemed b 3 stars Well, this was pretty average In the end it was about choices.

Read it Forward Read it first. With him, they hit all the hot nightspots and consume much alcohol.

Rules of Civility: Reading Guide

Even as she waits for circumstances to bring Tinker back into her life, she begins to realize how our most promising choices inevitably lay the groundwork for our regrets. These rules are listed at the end of the book, but I did not read them However, the middle section stagnates, as one character hugs most of the narrative in repetitive days and nights, the psychological complexities dimming.

He is a principal at an investment firm in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife and two children. A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. That is the author’s trick Eve and Katey are scratching the dirt, but Eve is never one to be under another’s thumb, as she clearly states at the very beginning.


Civikity follows are some questions for discussion that might have surfaced in my reading group. View all 69 comments. There, I met a few people who ultimately became close friends.

You remember these books or that painting and you know exactly what is expressed. There was a problem adding your email address. I too find a church most spiritual between services when the thunder of religious verbosity is dissipating into the distance. 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 towlds unwieldy Russian surname the inverse of Gatz to Gatsby, one imagines.

I thought New York City was a bit bigger than that? The sense of time and place, the wonderful use of language love the use of metaphorsparkling dialog and internal narration, tules wonderful descriptions of New York City itself that raise its presence to another character. First of all, the main character aomr the terrible name of Katey Kontent was completely unconvincing and not at all compelling. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Yes, they most certainly were. Similarly, despite the framing of the novel as being rooted in Walker Evans’ photos of Depression-era working class commuters and the early discussion of the Depression and its “hunger and hopelessness”, the novel is ultimately ahistorical, or at least set in a pleasant social register no caps this time where the Depression amot intrude.

When I told my seven-year-old son that I had written a book that was going to be published, he said: I enjoy character-driven novels. Were there casual encounters or decisions that you made, which in retrospect were watershed events?