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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She thinks back to her single days and to the night she first met Tinker in ‘ If you are interested, there is towlds content regarding Rules of Civility at amortowles. Her books are tremendously satisfying.

I liked the story, but wanted to like it more. He wrote the novel in a year and civilitty spent three years revising it: There is a static electricity in the air that is NYC.

These stories were available for awhile tosles an ebook; but inI removed them from distribution having civiliry to turn them into a novel.

Eve and Tinker grow apart, and then Kate, belatedly seeing Tinker for what he is, sadly gives up on him. If so, what role do you think each plays in fashioning the Katey of the future? InI had a fellowship to teach for Yale in China for two years.


One of the pleasures of writing fiction is discovering upon completion of a project that some thread of imagery has run through the work without your being aware—forming, in essence, an unintentional motif. Of course, Katie wasn’t Jewish, and it was certainly possible to cross great social divides – show girls became duchesses and the like, but there should be a story – more than a fairy tale – to explain this miracle, and because there isn’t, Rules of Civility disappointed me in the end.

What a wonderful expression. Monday 31 December I’m a few years late to this book party, but I became eager to finally read this first Towles novel when his latest work, A Gentleman in Moscowalso received good buzz. An unlikely chance encounter stuns the woman, Katey–a pi If a novel could win an award for best cinematography, this would take home the gold.


Rules of Civility left me cold. A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. Over lunch when I was in my twenties, it was great fun to talk with them about their lives between the wars—when they were young adults.

As one party ends another one begins. An unlikely chance encounter stuns the woman, Katey–a picture of a man staring across a canyon of three decades, a photograph of an old friend.

So yeah, can you tell I didn’t care for this one much? Told from maor vantage point of an older woman, looking back at the year when everything went wrong — and, sort of, right — in her life, this is the story of Katey Kontent, real name Katya, the daughter of a Russian immigrant determined to make her fortune in Manhattan.

Washingtonia left a lot to learn and a lot to regret in the case of these three young adults who learnt more about themselves towlew life in a year than most people in a lifetime. They ended up accomplishing a lot, but their Brooklyn accents with the ghost of Yiddish behind marked them as far from blue blood their entire lives.

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We are experiencing technical difficulties. Her voice is a perfect balance to the struggles of the the three. Furthermore, there are no soup kitchens, no panhandlers, or anybody selling apples or og on street corners. The hands were splayed between the nine and three, like two duelers back to back who have counted off paces and are about to turn and fire. I think a little displacement makes me a sharper observer.

One of the pleasures of writing fiction is discovering upon completion of a project that some thread of imagery has run through the work without your being aware — forming, in essence, an unintentional motif. Her shoulder-length hair, which was sandy in summer, turned golden in the fall as if in sympathy with the wheat fields back home. How has this author so well captured the essence of his female characters? View all 45 comments. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


Cigility I find a period like this I like to delve. Each aspect is perfectly depicted with a simile that strikes home civulity.

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In a photo dated one year later he looks underweight and dirty in a threadbare coat. You feel the excitement. But icvility little tidbits are not the bulk of this quite plotty pacey novel, which is a fairy tale about a mad cap girl with a fairy tale name Katey Kontent in a fairy tale New York ofwhere Bentleys prowl the streets, all the women are beautiful, all the boys are plucky, the furs are furry, the jewels chandelier sized, the cocktails ever flowing, the underclasses ably represented by a bosomy wisecracking Italian girl from Jersey and several kindly Negro workers and musicians, and the Depression mumbles by at a safe remove.

And why is the life Tinker offers her so contrary to the new life she intends to pursue? I am not saying the plot doesn’t move forward, I am merely saying what happens isn’t that necessary because the writing in itself keeps you thinking.

This is the story of Kate, Eve and Tinker in the New York ofwhere it was possible to climb the social ladder with a few rules from the father of the American republic’s, George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior civiliyt a few well-positioned social connections; and and a whiff of intelligence.

Instead of hardship, we get lovingly detailed tours of the hangouts of moneyed New York then and now the Beresford, the 21 Club, the bar at the St.

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