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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Eve is also a classic, in the best-friend variety. It all feels a bit second-hand, a bit pastiche. Aug 01, Victoria rated it it was amazing. You feel that when you read this book. Why did you decide to write a book from the perspective of a young woman?
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
The novel starts 25 years earlier, in flashback, telling the story of Tinker Grey, Kate and others with picture perfect descriptions of the city, it’s highlights and it’s inhabitants. One of the pleasures of writing fiction is discovering upon completion of a project that some thread of imagery has run through the work without your civiliity aware—forming, in essence, an unintentional motif.
And you can have it, since it’s been of no use to me. Something like a plot or an interesting character. What sort of things is Katey slow to reveal; and what drives her reticence? Overall, the beauty of the novel endures, and the sensuality of the prose lingers.
But those little tidbits are not the bulk of this quite plotty pacey novel, which is a fairy tale about a mad cap girl with a fairy tale name Katey Kontent in a fairy tale New York ofwhere Bentleys prowl the streets, all the women are beautiful, all the cibility are plucky, the furs are furry, the jewels chandelier sized, the cocktails ever flowing, the underclasses cvility represented by a bosomy wisecracking Italian girl from Jersey and several kindly Negro workers and musicians, and the Depression mumbles by at a safe remove.
What a wonderful expression. On the last night oftwenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar with her boardinghouse roommate stretching three dollars as far as it will go towkes Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a tempered smile, happens to sit at the neighboring table.
I listened to the audio. I like the non-preachy examination of wealth, class and ambition in America.
Rules of Civility – Amor Towles
So, I am terribly enjoying this book for how it us written. Opposite sides of the same coin are imprinted in the inner contradictions of each one of the characters in this riveting chess game of story, tearing apart while bringing their lives together across the streets of sumptuous yet decadent Manhattan. The setting of New York, the city would not normally make me clamor to read this book, but the New York that Rules of Civility depicts captured me right away.
But they’re just a minority. There are so many details that perfectly capture the atmosphere of the place – the cabs, the sounds, Greenwich Village, the restaurants, the food. There’s a wonderful device used to demonstrate one person’s character. Towles also had this super obnoxious habit of going off into pretentious tangents about classic literature I will put my money down every time Towles writes something new.
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. Besides Billie Holliday, and she is only on the radio, the only other black person I remember is one elevator operator.
Rules of Civility Reader’s Guide
There, I met a few people who smor became close friends. Each is described with similes so that you see in which group each one belongs.
The author is a master of metaphor.
The father suggested he take the sports car – but he …more view spoiler It was the son of aamor man who gave the party she went to as Wallace’s friend. Civilitj think I enjoyed about the first twenty pages of this one, and the rest just fell utterly flat. I did not hate it, I did 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.
Topics Fiction The Observer. Aug 28, PorshaJo rated oof liked it Shelves: I don’t even know what the book was trying to do. The language is snappy, too, full of period idiom and witty one-liners.
Nothing about the plot is particularly new or original. This is his first novel. Bred with just the right amount of fresh air, roughhousing, and ignorance, these primative blondes set out from the cornfields looking like starlight with limbs.
Even as she waits for circumstances to bring Amorr back into her life, she begins to realize how our most promising choices inevitably lay the groundwork for our regrets. Jul 15, Dolors rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: View all 4 comments. Louis Dispatch, and NPR.
There is the looming threat of World War Towless, which is mentioned in passing, but which permeates all the joviality, because, as an audience, we know that what follows the recovery from the depression is a party that is only momentary, ending in massive losses on battlefields abroad.
The prologue to this novel takes place toowles an exhibition of photographs by Walker Evans in The book is not without its flaws. I also liked the way civikity brought it all together in the end, drawing some poignant and profound conclusions. Apr 10, Howard rated it liked it Shelves: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles 3 stars.
Until I realized there was no plot. The exercise certainly pays dividends — the best feature of Rules of Civility is its fast pacing and irresistible momentum. Scott Fitzgerald ” vibe, but I just wasn’t wooed enough to climb as high on the rating scale.
You know she married someone else after the first 2 pages. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [If you were Katey would you have tried harder to end up with Tinker at the end, or would you just let him go like she actually did in the book? Tinker is wealthy and seems to have a lot of time on his hands so she sets him the rulles of wooing her better, eventually on the French Riviera.