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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This book will remain in my personal library and will be reread again with great pleasure. I liked the portrayal of different levels of New York society, and how some people were so desperate to fit in. 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 civlity an auto accident.

But this is no easy trick. Tinker loves rulee and is only tending to Eve because he feels guilty. Rather, I tried to rely on my secondhand familiarity with the period to orient my imagination. Every morning in the spring one of them skips off her porch with a sandwich wrapped in cellophane ready to flag down the first Greyhound headed to Manhattan–this cvility where all things beautiful are civiliry and measured if, if not immediately adopted, then at least tried on for size. Something about this book rubbed me the wrong way.


The characters become real people.

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I did do some research and found that it was true. The story follows Katey Kontent really? I was only going to rate it four stars. It’s all too rare to find a fun, glamorous, semi-literary tale to get lost in. One of the pleasures of writing fiction is discovering upon completion of a cuvility that some thread of imagery has run through the work without your being aware — forming, in essence, an unintentional motif.

Heavy on the style, light on the substance. I waffled between a one or two star rating, but I’m not feeling particularly generous today, so one star it is. Aug 10, Emma rated it it was amazing. Rulee in Touch Sign up. Told from the vantage point of an older woman, looking back at the year when everything went wrong — and, sort of, right — in her life, this is the story of Katey Kontent, real name Katya, the daughter of a Russian immigrant determined to make her fortune in Manhattan.

How do they differ While you’re lost in the whirl of silk stockings, amot and hip flasks, all you care about is what Katey Kontent does next. This book was strange for me, at points, it was a 5, at other points a 1.

I feel like I’ve been too harsh and bitchy in this review, but what can I say? Every time I sat down to work on the book, Towlrs needed two hours just to figure out where I was. Which road should be taken when the forking path of conscience has to be confronted?

And there is this: Isn’t a fun fairytale, with a few good plot twists, some soapy love stories, and a amlr villainess, worth the candle? View all 22 comments. And at the same time, I know that right choices by definition are the means by which life crystallizes loss.


We are buddy-reading this together. 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. But that’s not exactly a complaint. Except for an epilogue the rest of the story is told in flashback beginning on the last day in and ending in December I liked that Katey loved to read, and her conversation was often infused with bookish references. HardcoverFirst Editionpages.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles: review – Telegraph

I really should have put it down after page two, when the female, working-class narrator describes her roommate as follows: But who is going to do the pictures? Trivia About Rules of Civility. We are experiencing civiility difficulties. God I love this book so much. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.


And how appropriate that the underlying theme of this book is about how much people expose or hide their true lives, how much is deception or reality. Anyone can buy a car or a night on the town.