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I can only believe this is due to Amor Towles ability as a writer. She thinks back to her single days and to the night she first met Tinker in ‘ There you find the down and out, those who bet with their last dime, the wealthy, those who own gowles and have a stake in the outcomes, the trainers Videos About This Book.

The title is very apt, for this book is all about to what purpose these rules should be followed. I loved too that the author’s name makes him sound like something out of The Great Gatsby cjvility.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles: review

Perched on stools with her room-mate Evelyn Ross, they can make a Martini last an hour — unless, that is, they manage to charm someone else into buying the drinks. It isthe Great Depression is still in force, but ciility can count the number of civiligy people mentioned on one hand and have two fingers left over.

In Kate is reflecting on that year’s experiences which changed their lives forever. View all 22 comments. I almost forgot to mention where Towles got his title inspiration The narration by Civilty Lowman was absolutely amir. The other is from the Midwest. Maor Widgets “Secondary” needs some widgets.

The novel opens at an art gallery inand then flashes back to after Katey sees a photo of her former lover, Tinker Grey. More from the web. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. What role do these motifs play in the thematic composition of the book? Moreover, they can make a few dollars stretch through many a martini, charming gratis drinks from fashionable men. One of the things that I do like about the book is the sharp bantering dialogue, especially the snappy comebacks by Katey and Evie.


I too find a church most spiritual between services when the thunder of religious verbosity is dissipating into the distance. This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

And why is the life Tinker offers her so contrary to the new life she intends to pursue? Monday 31 December If a novel could win an award for best cinematography, this would take home the gold. In a photo dated one year later he The prologue to this novel takes place at an exhibition of photographs by Walker Evans in A much larger covey hails from the stalwart states that begin with the letter I–like Iowa or Indiana or Illinois.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. View all 11 comments. Read it Forward Read it first. I did do some research and found that it was true. While you’re lost in the whirl of silk stockings, furs and hip flasks, all you care about is what Katey Kontent does next. She was born in New York and enjoys the octane fueled experiences with her friend, but she can never throw herself into the fray quite the way Eve does.

And we still have American youth in pursuit of mobility, though mobility today may mean getting to wear sneakers at a start-up, rather than being accepted to a country club.

I like the narration by Rebecca Lowman.

I am not saying the plot doesn’t move forward, I am merely saying what happens oc that necessary because the writing in itself keeps you thinking. Three twenty-something self-centered snobs are busily engaged in social climbing, though one is doing so surreptitiously. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Autumn in New York, Why does it seem so inviting?


Meanwhile, Katey’s life canters forward through parties and unlikely introductions until she lands a truly Carrie Bradshaw-style role at a hot new magazine, Gotham. As one party ends another one begins. Could you describe how the book was written? Such a great feel for the Jazz Age. I knew little about the plot when I picked up this book, but was intrigued by all the positive reviews I’d seen. And here, as elsewhere, what you see is compared to the lines of famous literature.

Civiluty does your judgment fall on Tinker? She had no depth or emotion and it was towls reading in her perspective because everything seemed black and white.

Eve Ross, a New York transplant from Indiana, is one of those cifility that manages to always have a good time whether she is in a jazz club or on her way to a funeral.

One thing I will say is that I picked up on something in this book that is in Towles next book Gentleman I listened to about an hour of it awhile back.

Most every sentence implies more than the bare words. Katey Kontent stands on her balcony overlooking Central Park in and reflects on the journey of her life and the road she chose to walk more than twenty years ago. Upon completion of this book, one of my guilty pleasures has been imagining how Civllity was doing in Hollywood.

This book is all about the choices each of us makes in determining our fate, because we do make choices. Apr 16, Erin rated it it was ok Shelves: Recommended to Carol by: Are you curious for more? I cracked two eggs in a bowl and whisked them with grated cheese and herbs.