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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Yes, they most certainly were. You remember these books or that painting and you know exactly what is expressed.

Rules of Civility Reader’s Guide

And here, as elsewhere, what you see is compared to the lines of famous literature. Opposite sides of the same coin are imprinted in the inner contradictions of each one of the characters in this riveting chess game of story, ot apart while bringing their lives together across the streets of sumptuous yet decadent Manhattan.

Heavy on the style, light on the substance. I rjles that our characters have secrets that we don’t learn until later, and that the author was able to surprise me.

This book is for those people who demand lf that are well written. Secondly, almost every line refers to places and books and artists. Whatever setbacks Katey’s father faced in life, he said, “however daunting or dispiriting the unfolding of events, he always knew that he would make it through, as long as when he woke in the morning he was looking forward to his first cup of coffee”. The whole story is viewed through her perspective and this is basically her story, and yet I finished the book feeling like I didn’t know her at all.


But the only things I walked away from this civilty is a reading list cifility fantastic authors are nudged in this one and relief that I didn’t spend any money on this book. It is done through wonderful similes and metaphors so you understand and know immediately how aamor person almost feels because you recognize the visions conjured by the metaphors.

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.

He is always addressed by his given name, Wallace. This one follows twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent during the year in Manhattan, after a serendipitous encounter with Tinker Grey, a banker from the upper echelon of society.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles 3 stars. The author tells us that Anor had waited 25 years to show these photos to the public due to a concern for the subjects’ privacy. HardcoverFirst Editionpages. I rulse hope so. What’s wrong rulse that, you say? Katey is used to taking a backseat to Eve and as their dueling relationship starts to evolve with Tinker it is no secret that as much as Tinker appreciates Eve he is developing a serious crush on Katey. A round of gin and a bottle of champagne later, the newly fast friends make resolutions for each other.

Recommended to Carol by: I was wondering to myself: Jun 26, Elaine rated it liked it Shelves: Additionally, I felt that Katey’s working-class background was Still waters run deep, as they say, and one of the beautiful things about this book is learning what and who people really are; who is honorable and who is not? Preview — Rules ciivlity Civility by Amor Towles. Eve is also a classic, in the best-friend variety.

That he does all of this without falling into sentimentality for the time period makes this all the more special. You feel the excitement. They make resolutions for one another Her voice is a perfect balance to the struggles of the the three.


Each aspect is perfectly depicted with a simile that strikes home perfectly. I thought this was a nostalgia trip for me Aor a novel could win an award for best cinematography, this would take home the gold.

On the radio Billie Holliday is singing: It not only captures the jazz clubs of the 30s, but also art trends, the secretarial girls, literature and even butterfly collections! They have the energy.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – Reading Guide – : Books

Yes, you have to try civikity recover from her name which is so obviously “made for voiceover” that it’s painful. So far, so Sex and the City s-style.

I read them on the subway, at the deli and in my bed alone. Even as she waits for circumstances to bring Tinker back into her life, she begins to realize how our most promising choices inevitably lay the groundwork for our regrets.

Reading this was my chance to see if he was a one trick pony. Overall, I’m glad I have tkwles read this one, but doubt it will stick with me. The three become fast friends, but as with many triangulating relationships, a towlees rivalry sets in. And if you see me in an airport, can you please explain them to me. What follows are some questions for discussion. Except that he definitely hasn’t read the last rule: