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Rules of Civility

af Amor Towles

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A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow.
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 75 Books Challenge for 2017: Group Read: Rules of Civility46 ulæste / 46Diane-bpcb, april 2019

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This tells the story of Katey and Eve during the year 1938. They are out celebrating New Year's Eve 1937 and meet handsome Tinker Grey. This book follows the three of them until Tinker and Eve both move out of NYC. Then the story follows Katey and takes us through a year in her life - the losses, the wins, the heartache and the happiness.

I loved The Lincoln Highway and A Gentleman in Moscow and this one was good, but not up to the par of those two. This is more character-driven rather than plot-driven and is very well-written. ( )
  Cathie_Dyer | Feb 29, 2024 |
Towles follows Fitzgerald into New York. There is no green light that burns all night at the end of the dock. But Towles knows his way even in the dark. ( )
  ben_r47 | Feb 22, 2024 |
Coming-of-Age
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Story follows the life of a NYC young woman over the course of one year-1938. An unusual about the people she meets and the places she goes and how her life changes over the year. I enjoyed but many felt it was boring.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
A pretty enjoyable story told in the first person by a woman of wit and charm. I think of this as a remake of The Great Gadsby told from her side of the tracks. New York City twinkling in the night of a chilly 1938 winter is as romantic as ever. ( )
  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
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In Towles’s first novel, “Rules of Civility,” his clever heroine, who grew up in Brooklyn as “Katya,” restyles herself in 1930s Manhattan as the more clubbable “Katey,” aspiring to all-American inclusion. As World War II gears up, raising the economy from bust to boom, Katey’s wit and charm lift her from a secretarial pool at a law firm to a high-profile assistant’s perch at a flashy new Condé Nast magazine. One night at the novel’s outset touches off the chain reaction that will produce both Katey’s career and her husband, and define her entire adult life. She’s swept into the satin-and-cashmere embrace of the smart set — blithe young people with names like Dicky and Bitsy and Bucky and Wallace — with their Oyster Bay mansions, their Adirondack camps, their cocktails at the St. Regis and all the fog of Fishers Island.
 
If there's a problem, it's this: the parallels with Breakfast at Tiffany's are perhaps a little too overt (glamorous but down-at-heel girl falls in love with wealthy but mysterious benefactor). But that's not exactly a complaint. This is a flesh-and-blood tale you believe in, with fabulous period detail. It's all too rare to find a fun, glamorous, semi-literary tale to get lost in.
tilføjet af souloftherose | RedigerThe Guardian, Viv Goskrop (Jul 15, 2011)
 
Manhattan in the late 1930s is the setting for this saga of a bright, attractive and ambitious young woman whose relationships with her insecure roommate and the privileged Adonis they meet in a jazz club are never the same after an auto accident.
tilføjet af theeclecticreview | RedigerKirkus Review (Jun 1, 2011)
 

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As a quick aside, let me observe that in moments of high emotion -- whether they're triggered by anger or envy, humiliation or resentment -- if the next thing you're going to say makes you feel better, then it's probably the wrong thing to say. This is one of the finer maxims that I've discovered in life. And you can have it, since it's been of no use to me.
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what a grueling decade that was.
I was sixteen when the Depression began, just old enough to have had all my dreams and expectations duped by the effortless glamour of the twenties. It was as if America launched the Depression just to teach Manhattan a lesson.
It turned out to be a book of Washingtonia. The inscription on the front page indicated it was a present to Tinker fro his mother on the occasion of his fourteenth birthday. The volume had all the famous speeches and letters arranged in chronological order, but it led off with an aspirational list composed by the founder in his teenage years:
Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation. . . . There were 110 of them! And over half were underlined – one adolescent sharing another's enthusiasm for propriety across a chasm of 150 years. It was hard to decide which was sweeter – the fact that Tinker's mother had given it to him, or the fact that he kept it at hand.
Squirrels scattered before us among the tree trunks and yellow-tailed birds zipped from branch to branch. The air smelled of sumac and sassafras and other sweet-sounding words.
Right from the first, I could see a calmness in you – that sort of inner tranquility that they write about in books, but that almost no one seems to possess. I was wondering to myself: how does she do that? And I figured it could only come from having no regrets – from having made choices with . . . such poise and purpose. It stopped me in my tracks a little. And I just couldn't wait to see it again.
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A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow.

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