Rules of Civility: A Novel
The New York Times bestselling novel that "enchants on first reading and only improves on the second" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937,... show more
The New York Times bestselling novel that "enchants on first reading and only improves on the second" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old 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. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve. 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 of readers and critics alike.
Publish date: 2012-06-26
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
All I can say is Amor Towles saves himself through his illustrious writing - by ridding of his most interesting character halfway through the story (he just came out with a novella describing what happened to her - another piece that shouldn't have worked), by creating too many love affairs, by leav...
3.0 StarsI liked this book. It was definitely slower than the pace I'm usually drawn to. But the story was beautiful, the characters rich, the setting lovely.Will I re-read it sometime? Probably not. Am I happy to have read it this time? Yeah.Major positive: I did not see the twist coming. Even thou...
Karyn Marcus recommendation
NOTE: This is a review of the audiobook, read by Rebecca LowmanFor about a week, during my daily drive to and from work across 2012 Los Angeles, I was simultaneously transported to 1938 New York City via the audiobook of Amor Towles’ 2011 novel, Rules of Civility, as read by Rebecca Lowman. I’m stil...
I enjoyed this book for its wit and characters, though I didn’t find it quite as light and sparkling as I’d assumed based on some reviews, which meant I was also pleasantly surprised by its depth. It’s certainly not a dark book, and there’s plenty of gin and snappy dialogue (if you like that sort of...