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by Amor Towles

eBook Rules of Civility: A Novel epub
  • ISBN: 0670022691
  • Author: Amor Towles
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Viking; 1 edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • ePUB size: 1670 kb
  • FB2 size 1523 kb
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Rules of civility : a novel, Amor Towles. p. cm. ISBN : 978-1-101-51706-2. So all of us were drunk to some degree.

Rules of civility : a novel, Amor Towles. 1. Young women-Fiction. 2. Upper class-New York (State)-New York-Fiction. 3. Nineteen thirties-Fiction. 4. Wall Street (New York, . We shouted over the dinner tables and slipped away into empty rooms with each other’s spouses, carousing with all the enthusiasm and indis. cretion of Greek gods.

Amor Towles's tale of cocktails, silk stockings and retro chic is redolent of all the best New York films and novels, writes Viv Groskop. Tinker is enigmatic, adorable and lives his life according to George Washington's Rules of Civility. Except that he definitely hasn't read the last rule: "Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience. Anyway it's New Year's Eve 1937 and Katey Kontent is heading to a Greenwich Village hotspot – quite literally the Hotspot – with her room-mate Eve.

Amor Towles’ 2011 novel, Rules of Civility, is his homage to 1938 Manhattan, its environs and a few youthful .

Amor Towles’ 2011 novel, Rules of Civility, is his homage to 1938 Manhattan, its environs and a few youthful inhabitants. It blends sly humor with engaging discovery about each other and themselves. And leaves at least one mystery unsolved. This novel is less riveting, with a more circumspect plotline, but no less beautiful and poetic in its writing.

Rules of Civility book. An unlikely chance encounter stuns the woman, Katey-a If a novel could win an award for best cinematography, this would take home the gold. Amor Towles's sophisticated retro-era novel of manners captures Manhattan 1938 with immaculate lucidity and a silvery focus on the gin and the jazz, the nightclubs and the streets, the pursuit of sensuality, and the arc of the self-made woman. The novel's preface opens in 1966, with a happily married couple attending a Walker Evans photography exhibition.

In Towles’s first novel, Rules of Civility, his clever heroine, who grew up in Brooklyn as Katya, restyles herself in 1930s Manhattan as the more clubbable Katey, aspiring to all-American inclusion

In Towles’s first novel, Rules of Civility, his clever heroine, who grew up in Brooklyn as Katya, restyles herself in 1930s Manhattan as the more clubbable Katey, aspiring to all-American inclusion. As World War II gears up, raising the economy from bust to boom, Katey’s wit and charm lift her from a secretarial pool at a law firm to a high-profile assistant’s perch at a flashy new Condé Nast magazine. One night at the novel’s outset touches off the chain reaction that will produce both Katey’s career and her husband, and define her entire adult life.

294 Pages · 2011 · . 2 MB · 229 Downloads ·English. At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.

Praise for rules of civility. Read Bookpage's recent profile of Amor Towles and his new novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, here. An irresistible and astonishingly assured debut about working class-women and world-weary WASPs in 1930s New Yor. n the crisp, noirish prose of the era, Towles portrays complex relationships in a city that is at once melting pot and elitist enclave – and a thoroughly modern heroine who fearlessly claims her place in it. -O, the Oprah Magazine. Glamorous Gotham in one to relis. book that enchants on first reading and only improves on the second. The Philadelphia Inquirer.

About Rules of Civility. From the New York Times-bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow, a sharply stylish (Boston Globe) novel of a young woman in post-Depression era New York who suddenly finds herself thrust into high society-now with over one million readers worldwide. On the last night of 1937, Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table.

Rules of Civility is not an entirely unique novel. The beauty of the book is in its telling

Rules of Civility is not an entirely unique novel. It’s at some level a coming-of-age story about a young girl who finds her way through New York society. The beauty of the book is in its telling. Towles recreates New York of the past with great conviction, and it’s a joy to follow Katey around Manhattan. Towles also acknowledges the migrant melting pot that New York already was as readers hop about Russian, Jewish, and Chinese neighborhoods. The writing is elegant and engaging with an almost effervescent quality. It’s a straightforward novel to read, yet it’s deeply textured.

Unabridged, 9 CDs, 11 1/2 hours Read by TBA A sophisticated and entertaining debut novel about an irresistible young woman with outsized dreams.
Comments: (7)
shustrik
New York City's elite lived a rarified life of gentility and elegance. Although it was ruled by the brahmin class of inheritance, the young, beautiful, and gifted could gain access. This book is the story of one such young woman who ventured into the haute monde of New York society in the late 30s. It is a richly drawn tale of love, betrayal, and the good life. The prose is exquisite. The characters are all people you would love to know - or be. The New York in "Rules of Civility" is no more but you can visit it in the pages of this delicious novel.
Flash_back
Mr. Towles’ writing is engaging and easy. His style dovetails with the milieu of the book which concerns the nonchalant lifestyle of the upper class in 1930s Manhattan and the occasional penetration of it by attractive middle/working class people. The book is less about the characters than about sharply drawing the elements of that lifestyle. The plot lines and characters are mostly in-service to the mural of the glamorous life of the trust fund class that Towles paints. Such folks can always get a cab, are never far from their next cigarette or martini, are found at the trendiest jazz spots and stay up late on school nights. None of this is bad. This is an enjoyable quick diversion, mostly on account of the skillful writing; the story, not so much.
Xellerlu
All praise to Towles: he writes just the way he wants to. He allows words to do amazing feats and thoughts to live just as they are. What a joy, what a provocative joy. I still have 19% to go on my Kindle, but I just had to stop to savor. It's one of those books which makes you feel you will never find a more suitable one for you. It fits (me) just right. It allows me to be free to write as I want to write. It's Katey's life: she gets to lead it.

I had just finished "A Gentleman in Moscow." I thought well for something almost as good I'll move to Towles' first book. Now I don't know which one is better. They are both better. Better. Betterer. Bettest. She thrust the key down into her pants, my goodness!
Samugor
I'm grateful to dear friends for recommending this highly readable tale. Beautifully told from the female point of view, the author covers the issues of friendships made and lost, seeking love, social climbing and posing, as we ride along with well drawn characters navigating their 20s in pre WWII Manhattan. Sassy fun dialogue propels the weaving story. Plenty of radical turns of fate and surprises along the way keep it interesting. Highly recommend this book and will move on to Amor Towles better known book next. A Gentleman in Moscow on the bet seller list for what, a year? While this B side may be the better read.
Awene
Rules of Civility was a fun and absorbing book. I actually chose it after reading a review about another of Mr. Towles books where it was mentioned with high marks. The three main characters are fascinating and the reader knows full well that the choices made are wrong but somewhat understood. Jealously among the women, recognition of loss for one of them over the wonderfully named Tinker Grey was nicely laid out by Towles. I was surprised by Grey's deceit and not clear why Eve resisted her family's support--other than they weren't New Yorkers. I also found myself dissatisfied with the ending--Mr. Towles' intent to not define Tinker beyond his deception and then fall was purposeful. I think I wanted something of a more positive ending for him, and that may be my personal desire of a more fairy tale conclusion. It was a bit startling that Katey moved past Tinker so that when she encounters him again--she appears to be another person altogether--reacting to a memory so long ago it barely registers for more than a moment.
Saithi
I was thoroughly enchanted by A Gentleman in Moscow, the lyrical drift of the story told by a master of the language. Such imagination forthcoming in a long long graceful poem appealing to love, fatherhood, friendship, history and a gourmet's rumbling stomach. Never did I think that this author could have a duplicate love affair with the written word such as was presented in Rules of Civility, a mesmerizing story that coaxed up tears, laughs and more tears. The beauty of this majestic novel is once again the author's dance with words, a slow waltz where I found myself falling in love with sentence after sentence. What a towering master piece. It belongs on the shelf beside great American literature that has been accumulated by the ages. I cannot wait for his next book.
YSOP
Rules of Civility (2011) is set over one year in America in 1938, during the Great Depression and after the 1937 Recession.

On the last night of 1937, poor 25-year-old Katherine (Katey) Kontent, and her friend Eve Ross, meet rich Theodore (Tinker) Grey, a handsome banker, at the Hotspot jazz club. Katey, the philosophical bookworm, has competition for Tinker Grey – the energetic, beautiful Eve Ross. Just as Tinker is getting closer to Katey, he becomes even more attracted to Eve after a car crash, fueled by his own guilt at causing the accident. Katey becomes ‘Waity Katey’ as she waits for circumstances to bring Tinker back into her life.

Narrated by Katey, she describes her year-long adventures from a Wall Street typist to the upper echelons of New York society and Conde Nast, the magazine company, while Eve Ross is regularly travelling abroad for luxury holidays with Tinker. The male author, Amor Towles, is writing this ‘wanna-be-loved’ story from a female perspective, yet it works. Reminiscent of the 1973 movie, The Way We Were (Robert Redford as Hubbell Gardiner and Barbra Streisand as Katie Morosky), the themes of class difference, societal expectations, memories and regrets, and being true to yourself, continue throughout the novel.

Rules of Civility is the author’s first book, and although it is superbly written, his third book, A Gentleman in Moscow (2016), is the one worthy of 5 stars. This novel is less riveting, with a more circumspect plotline, but no less beautiful and poetic in its writing.
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