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by Amor Towles

Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Amor Towles
ISBN: 1410443248
ISBN13: 978-1410443243
Language: English
Publisher: Thorndike Press; Large Print edition (December 2, 2011)
Pages: 369
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Rules of civility : a novel, Amor Towles. p. cm. ISBN : 978-1-101-51706-2.

Rules of civility : a novel, Amor Towles.

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. So far, so Sex and the City 1930s-style.

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The beauty of the book is in its telling. I know that right choices by definition are the means by which life crystallizes loss.

Both are period dramas set in the glamorous worlds of high society New York with a doomed romance at their center. 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.

By (author) Amor Towles. Set in New York City in 1938, "Rules of Civility" tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year- old named Katey Kontent.

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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

Amor Towles’ 2011 novel, Rules of Civility, is his homage to 1938 Manhattan, its environs and a few youthful inhabitants. And leaves at least one mystery unsolved. The story is related through the eyes of a young, scrambling woman in her twenties from Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach starting her career in a Manhattan law firm secretarial pool and living with similar women in Mrs. Martingale’s boardinghouse.

Amor Towles's Rules of Civility Playlist. You can listen to the playlist here. While jazz is not central to the narrative of Rules of Civility, the music and its various formulations are an important component of the book’s backdrop. Do you recall a time, however brief, when some people, some places and you seem to converge with a sense that something special was happening that could go on and on? And yet, you were so caught up in the effortless unfolding of events that you were unaware of the magic until it was gone. Amor Towles’ 2011 novel, Rules of Civility, is his homage to 1938 Manhattan, its environs and a few youthful inhabitants.

A sophisticated and entertaining debut novel about an irresistible young woman with an uncommon sense of purpose. Set in New York City in 1938, "Rules of Civility" tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year- old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future. The story opens on New Year's Eve in a Greenwich Village jazz bar, where Katey and her boardinghouse roommate Eve happen to meet Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a ready smile. This chance encounter and its startling consequences cast Katey off her current course, but end up providing her unexpected access to the rarified offices of Conde Nast and a glittering new social circle. Befriended in turn by a shy, principled multimillionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow who is ahead of her times, Katey has the chance to experience first hand the poise secured by wealth and station, but also the aspirations, envy, disloyalty, and desires that reside just below the surface. Even as she waits for circumstances to bring Tinker back into her orbit, she will learn how individual choices become the means by which life crystallizes loss. Elegant and captivating, "Rules of Civility" turns a Jamesian eye on how spur of the moment decisions define life for decades to come. A love letter to a great American city at the end of the Depression, readers will quickly fall under its spell of crisp writing, sparkling atmosphere and breathtaking revelations, as Towles evokes the ghosts of Fitzgerald, Capote, and McCarthy.
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Ffleg
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.
Landaron
Do you recall a time, however brief, when some people, some places and you seem to converge with a sense that something special was happening that could go on and on? And yet, you were so caught up in the effortless unfolding of events that you were unaware of the magic until it was gone.

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.

The story is related through the eyes of a young, scrambling woman in her twenties from Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach starting her career in a Manhattan law firm secretarial pool and living with similar women in Mrs. Martingale’s boardinghouse. It is New Year’s Eve 1937 as Katey Kontent and her roommate, Eve Ross, meet a handsome, affluent-looking, not-for-long stranger at a Greenwich Village jazz club.

They quickly exchange names and his is Theodore Grey, though “My friends call me Tinker.” And Tinker it is for the rest of the tale.

Towles presents a wonderful sense of Manhattan as a feast for excitement and adventure from the Village to Midtown, including the original watering hole of the St. Regis Hotel’s King Cole Room with the fabled Maxfield Parish mural, to uptown apartment suites overlooking Central Park West. And it seems like the Great Gatsby has met the Gold Diggers of 1938.

Events move quickly and the circle of friends and acquaintances swells to include other denizens of Gotham and the tippling affluent described with Art Deco wit: “Slurring is the cursive of speech, I said. Eckshactly, he said.”

And one of my favorite tell-all exchanges captures the initial sense of the story: “I probably shouldn’t tell you this, I said… Kay-Kay, those are my six favorite words in the English language.”

Through the four seasons of 1938 Katey expands her horizons and moves from the world of law to the intense, demanding realm of society magazine publishing for which she seems better suited. And her friends shift their courses, including Tinker for whom Katey will always have a sense of tristesse but no regrets.

The opening ploy is a brilliant use of pictures at a 1966 exhibition Katey and her husband are attending. It is here she sees two black-and-white photographs of Tinker taken at different times with a hidden camera. And the door opens to her memories, which we come to share.

“The Rules of Civility” is sunlight on moving water, glistening at first, then, the sun moves on and we are left to savor a fading glimmer.
Dozilkree
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.
Blackstalker
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!
HelloBoB:D
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.
Iesha
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.
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