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Rules Of Civility: A Novel

by Amor Towles

Penguin Books | June 26, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Rules Of Civility: A Novel is rated 4.2222 out of 5 by 9.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.42 × 5.59 × 0.97 in

Published: June 26, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143121162

ISBN - 13: 9780143121169

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging historical read After seeing an old friend in a photographic exhibition about the 1930's, Katy reminisces about the man in the picture - Tinker Grey. Hr is as enigmatic as Jay Gatsby, with a mysterious past as well. Katy and her friend Eve vie for Tinker's affections until the events of one evening send the three friends on different paths. Where this will leads them kept me enthralled to the end. And the detailed portrayal of the time period and people living in it was spot on.
Date published: 2013-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In my top ten This was one of those books that I wish I could erase it from my mind so I could re-read it and have it be new to me all over again. I loved it. I dog-eared pages. I wrote down quotes from it. It's beautifully written and has become one of my all time favorites. Can't say a bad word about it.
Date published: 2013-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Loved this book.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not sure what the point of this book is? This book was written with such disorganization, that at times I wondered which character the author was referring to? The story rambled on and on for no particular reason. The most difficult thing to swallow was how the author skipped over the great depression in the heart of New York City. Slogged it out to the end, but I would never recommend it to anyone to read.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting premise, but hard to follow at times Katey Kontent is in her 20's, living in the 1930's of bustling New York City. Sharing a flat with her good friend Eve, they meet a charming ingenue named Tinker Grey at a jazz bar one evening. From the moment that this trio meet, it's a whirlwind friendship full of complicated feelings. Working in a law firm's secretarial pool, Katey has dreams to become more and her ambitions and growing network open up a world of possibilities. As she climbs the social (and career) ladder, Katey gets a taste of how things can be if you're successful, and how some things aren't always what they appear to be on the surface. The story begins many years down the road, as Katey is wandering an art gallery and spots her old friend Tinker in one of the art pieces. Thus begins a trip down memory lane, which was quite an adventurous journey. I had heard great things about this book, and with it being set in New York City with a female main character coming up in her own light, it definitely caught my interest. Unfortunately, it was a bit difficult for me to stay focused on. There was a lot of dialogue, and with the way conversations were formatted in the book (using dashes rather than quotation marks) I felt it a bit confusing to follow. At times, it took me a moment to realize it was still the same person that was talking, or it had switched to the narrative in the same line and actually no longer what was being said out loud. Not necessarily difficult to figure out, but it did make for a more disjointed read, not flowing as easily. I did feel that the three main characters, plus a few of the supporting cast, to be very strongly developed. There was often times that I really did wonder why Katey would be friends with someone as seemingly aloof and flaky as Eve. Whether that was the author's choice or a statement on the personality of Katey, I'm not sure. With a myriad of characters though, I felt it a bit confusing as to who was who, since some important characters were introduced so fleetingly and some that seemed to have a significant moment with Katey are then never to be mentioned again. There was one plot point in the last quarter of the book that I thought was headed towards a "The Help" moment, and there was some promise to that but was then dropped from the story. I wish that scene had happened earlier in the book, to allow for more development on it but perhaps the vision for this book was more about the web of characters, and Katey's career was just a subplot. Setting that aside however, I did enjoy the time and place that Rules of Civility was set in. The 1930's were a very distinctive period in time and seeing that through the eyes of a woman growing up in one of the busiest cities was quite interesting. The premise of the book is definitely what sticks with me more than the individual characters' lives. This, and other reviews can be found on JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smart, terrific, charming This novel transports you totally to a different time and place. Beautifully written with rich, flowing language and interesting characters. Great entertainment all the way through.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book I enjoyed this book soo much! It is frank, the storyteller is a no nonsense kind of gal with a lot of courage. Loved it.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not to be missed! This book is awesome! I love the story! I love the characters! I love the time and music! This is not a love story by the way =)
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated out of 5 by from What a fabulous book! It was a majority decision by my book-club cohorts. I had never heard of it. This first time author captured the essence of the era - and took us on an enchanting ride and made us feel part of the story. I giggled, I laughed out loud, and I even shed a tear - I can't believe I'm writing this. It's one of the few books I will not be passing on - I want to read it again ... somewhere down the road. I was sorry to reach the last page.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read One of the best stories I've read in a long time, in large part due to the style of writing. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-10-24

– More About This Product –

Rules Of Civility: A Novel

by Amor Towles

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.42 × 5.59 × 0.97 in

Published: June 26, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143121162

ISBN - 13: 9780143121169

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Amor Towles was born and raised just outside Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University, where he was a Scowcroft Fellow. After working more than twenty years as an investment professional, Towles now writes full time. He is also the author of the novella Eve in Hollywood, available as an e-book. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Editorial Reviews

  Praise for Rules of Civility “An irresistible and astonishingly assured debut about working class-women and world-weary WASPs in 1930s New York…in 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   “With this snappy period piece, Towles resurrects the cinematic black-and-white Manhattan of the golden age…[his] characters are youthful Americans in tricky times, trying to create authentic lives.” — The New York Times Book Review   “This very good first novel about striving and surviving in Depression-era Manhattan deserves attention…The great strength of Rules of Civility is in the sharp, sure-handed evocation of Manhattan in the late ‘30s.” — Wall Street Journal   “Put on some Billie Holiday, pour a dry martini and immerse yourself in the eventful life of Katey Kontent…[Towles] clearly knows the privileged world he’s writing about, as well as the vivid, sometimes reckless characters who inhabit it.” — People   “[A] wonderful debut novel…Towles [plays] with some of the great themes of love and class, luck and fated encounters that animated Wharton’s novels.” — The Chicago Tribune   “Glittering…filled with sna
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