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Rules of Civility
by Amor Towles
From The Jacket:A sophisticated and entertaining debut novel about an irresistible young woman with an uncommon sense of purpose. Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year- old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future. The story opens on New Year's Eve in a Greenwich Village jazz bar, where Katey and her boardinghouse roommate Eve happen to meet Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a ready smile. This chance encounter and its startling consequences cast Katey off her current course, but end up providing her unexpected access to the rarified offices of Conde Nast and a glittering new social circle. Befriended in turn by a shy, principled multimillionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow who is ahead of her times, Katey has the chance to experience first hand the poise secured by wealth and station, but also the aspirations, envy, disloyalty, and desires that reside just below the surface. Even as she waits for circumstances to bring Tinker back into her orbit, she will learn how individual choices become the means by which life crystallizes loss. Elegant and captivating, Rules of Civility turns a Jamesian eye on how spur of the moment decisions define life for decades to come. A love letter to a great American city at the end of the Depression, readers will quickly fall under its spell of crisp writing, sparkling atmosphere and breathtaking revelations, as Towles evokes the ghosts of Fitzgerald, Capote, and McCarthy.
I, for one, like a book that is paced a bit faster. This book is too slow moving for me, and I have yet to come across its purpose, and I am half of the way through it. I like a strong plot, and I'm still trying to figure out what this book's plot is. All I'm doing is following the lives of a few characters as they live day by day! Really???? I need something meatier to read. I will finish the book because it is my book club's selection this month, but I am reading other books while reading this one. Obviously, I need the interruptions to keep my sanity. Sorry for such a negative review. Many, many people liked it.
by-Maureen 2018/04/13, 12:15 AM
I loved the amazing description of New York in the year 1938 – lots of glamour but also a lot of reality. This is a character driven novel, one meant to be read slowly and enjoyed, so it may not be for everyone. Recommend for those that enjoy a literary novel with dynamic characters and wonderful descriptions.
by-Linda-PBR 2012/01/20, 02:19 AM
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