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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Wanted to finish this book and denied myself a few hours of sleep. Why have I not grabbed this book sooner?!

But the world is run by those whose wants outstrip their needs”. The civilith is a master of metaphor. I don’t even know what the book was trying to do.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Louis Dispatch, and NPR. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This is NOT done through boring descriptions. 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 Civliity they meet in a jazz club are never the same after an auto accident.

It is and Katey Kontent as in state of being is a young woman living it up in Manhattan. I was only going to rate it four stars. Jul 31, Sarah rated it did not like it Shelves: Were there any personal influences from the s that informed the book? These things that I mention here are NOT described in this book, but this author has found all the other characteristics of this city that are so hard to capture.

Kate becomes a fan of Agatha Christie at a point in the novel when she is hurt, angry and concerned about whether justice exists in the world. It isthe Great Depression is still in force, but you can count the number of poor people mentioned on one hand and have two fingers left over.


And all through the prose a love letter to New York is written in embossed gold. I almost forgot to mention where Towles got his title inspiration Aug 01, Victoria rated it it was amazing. In fact, knowing the story allowed me to luxuriate in the atmosphere Towles creates, understand more deeply the deftly wrought characters and enjoy the tempo of the dialogue.

Isn’t a fun fairytale, with a few good plot twists, some soapy love stories, and a crafty villainess, worth the candle? But while viewers who persevere will eventually learn how and why Dick became Don, the more historically common but still interesting transformation of Katya to Katy is never explored.

Apr 23, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: There is no doubt that Towles can write, and write vivid descriptions of times and places. In the end it was about choices.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

The narration by Rebecca Lowman was absolutely perfect. As Kate says, ” we give people the liberty of fashioning themselves in the moment – a span of time that is so much more manageable, stageable, controllable than is a lifetime. I listened to the audio. Tinker had this to say about Katey 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 being aware — forming, in essence, an unintentional motif.

This book is art deco, j This is the rare example of a book that makes you appreciate the art of writing. Civiliry a great feel for the Jazz Age. It may be that you can only appreciate the fellow feeling at the end if you’ve reached a certain age and can look back on your 20s with both regret and compassion for your young self and the friendships you chose before the weightiness of life settled in.

One is from Brooklyn with Russian immigrant parents. One of the most enjoyable parts of the book were the laugh out loud funny repartees and the witty narrative voice that often highlighted Kate’s wise and strong rulez. In Kate is reflecting on that year’s experiences which changed their lives forever.


Towles writing is, occasionally he overdoes the verbosity.

RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles | Kirkus Reviews

I listened to this one civilityy audio and it was great. After I read the epilogue This is just delightful fun. Where does simulation end and character begin?

After a milk truck mauls his roadster with the women in it, permanently scarring Eve, the rrules Tinker devotes himself to her, though he and she both know he has stronger feelings for Katey. So when it did unfold the way I figured it would, I was impressed with myself for figuring it out – but thoroughly bored with the book.

Nothing in Rules is true to that lived history of s New York.

Apr 10, Howard rated it liked ruules Shelves: We were just meeting for drinks, making haphazard alliances and cursory decisions, shaping our futures unwittingly. Could you describe how the book was written?


It loses some steam as the taut thrill of the first half wanes, but an understated closure recharges it again. Don’t you see the difference between that and KON-tent? But at times it did feel more like a film treatment or a pitch for a TV series than a novel. Think of how exaggerated the accents xmor mannerisms are in those movies….

In fact the dialog is outstanding. Who will remain and who will fade away?

The book was optioned by Lionsgate to be made into a feature film and its French translation received the Prix Fitzgerald.