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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You feel that when you read this book. This book is filled with the words”like” and “as if”. I like the narration by Rebecca Lowman.

She remembers how getting to know him inadvertently set her on a path that changed her circle of friends, her career, and her fortune. It has a special feel to it. This is a flesh-and-blood tale you believe in, with fabulous period detail.

An example, the Belmont race-tracks. They are referred to as “Race-Arounds”. Reading this was my chance to see if he was a one trick pony. Would it happen like that? Towles is spectacular at description and atmosphere, keeping a keen camera’s eye on the city with a polished pedigree of writing that is rare in a debut novel.

There is the honking of the cabs, there are the dark summer nights, there is the hot, sticky air in the summer. It is certainly for the well-read. I don’t even know what the book was trying to do. I like the non-preachy examination of wealth, class and ambition in America. True, she was only five foot five, but she knew how to dance in two-inch heels–and she knew how to kick them off as soon as she sat in your lap.


View all 61 comments. But at least Nick Carraway was convincingly male. I listened to this one via audio and it was great. After I read the epilogue This is just delightful fun. So much more than the title and the summary, this book now has a place in my heart and on my shelf, right next to Gentleman. Who did Katey Kontent marry?

Show 25 25 50 All. Towles writing is, occasionally he overdoes the verbosity.

I was so worried when I started this book The tale of the shoeshine. Trivia About Rules of Civility.

Elegant and exuberant…a year in a life and what a year it was! From here on in the story belongs to Katey and it’s a richly told tale. What sort of things is Katey slow to reveal; and what drives her reticence? The setting of New York, the city would not normally make me clamor to read this book, but the New York that Rules of Civility depicts civilihy me right away.

With that shocking consideration as a backdrop, three friends and I formed a group to read extraordinary works of literature.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles: review

And we still have American youth in pursuit of mobility, though mobility fules may mean getting to wear sneakers at a start-up, rather than being accepted to a country club. Val’s looks are a cross between an aviator and a judge.


Were there casual encounters or decisions that you made, fules in retrospect were watershed events? June reread – Shocking exactly no one, I still love this book with all my heart. Most of us shell out our days like peanuts. Fitzgerald’s main characters, but at least they were memorable.

I thought this was a nostalgia trip for me Not by Amor Towles, though, apparently.

I do know that perfection, those amazing moments where everything lines up from the moon to the breeze are dules and far between. She is an energy vampire. The book was optioned by Lionsgate to be made into a feature film and its French translation received the Prix Fitzgerald.

I too find a church most spiritual between services when the thunder of religious verbosity is dissipating into the distance. My first encounter with this author was his book A Gentleman In Moscow which will forever be one of my favorite books. Tinker had this to say about Rulee Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles- 5 Stars!

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Stay in Touch Sign up. But that’s not exactly a complaint. It is not just good, it is really good.