Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility is Books She was indisputably a natural blonde Her shoulder length hair which was sandy in summer turned golden in the fall as if in sympathy with the wheat fields back

Rules of Civility is Books ”She was indisputably a natural blonde. Her shoulder-length hair, which was sandy in summer, turned golden in the fall as if in sympathy with the wheat fields back home. She had fine features and blue eyes and pinpoint dimples so perfectly defined that it seemed like there must be a small steel cable fastened to the center of each inner cheek which grew taut when she smiled. True, she was only five foot five, but she knew how to dance in two-inch heels--and she knew how to kick them off as soon as she sat in your lap.”Lower Manhattan 1938.Eve Ross, a New York transplant from Indiana, is one of those friends that manages to always have a good time whether she is in a jazz club or on her way to a funeral. She is an energy vampire. She takes it. She gives it. As one party ends another one begins. Katey Kontent is Eve’s sidekick. She was born in New York and enjoys the octane fueled experiences with her friend, but she can never throw herself into the fray quite the way Eve does. She’s always more reserved, more willing to observe and ponder events rather than be lost in the moment. It is 1938. They meet Tinker Grey, a well groomed, well heeled banker who is a man in need of a good time and Eve and Katey are the right two gals to provide it. He has the money. They have the energy. 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. Eve is a force of nature and provides the whirlwind effect to any outing, but if a guy wants a moment to have a quiet drink and a deeper conversation Katey is the right ticket. --”Eve leaned toward Tinker confidentially.--Katey’s the hottest bookworm you’ll ever meet. If you took all the books that she’s read and piled them in a stack, you could climb to the Milky Way.--The Milky Way!--Maybe the Moon, I conceded.”She is HOT and she READS? YOWZA! She reads everything from Charles Dickens to Agatha Christie and appreciates that pendulum of reading experiences equally and for different reasons. ”I read a lot of Agatha Christies that fall of 1938--maybe all of them. The Hercule Poirots, the Miss Marples. Death on the Nile. The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Murders...on the the Vicarage, and, ...on the Orient Express. I read them on the subway, at the deli and in my bed alone.You can make what claims you will about the psychological nuance of Proust or the narrative scope of Tolstoy, but you can’t argue that Mrs. Christie fails to please. Her books are tremendously satisfying.Yes, they’re formulaic. But that’s one of the reasons they are so satisfying. With every character, every room, every murder weapon feeling at once newly crafted and familiar as rote ( the role of the postimperialist uncle from India here being played by the spinster form South Wales, and the mismatched bookends standing in for the jar of fox poison on the upper shelf of the gardener’s shed). Mrs. Christie doles out her little surprises at the carefully calibrated pace of a nanny dispensing sweets to the children in her care.”If you are still not sure that you want to be friends with Katey Kontent than how about this.”In retrospect, my cup of coffee has been the works of Charles Dickens. Admittedly, there’s something a little annoying about all those plucky underprivileged kids and the aptly named agents of villainy. But I’ve come to realize that however blue my circumstances, if after finishing a chapter of a Dickens novel I feel a miss-my-stop-on-the-train sort of compulsion to read on, then everything is probably going to be just fine.”Katey when she needs a moment of contemplation, a place to be alone with her thoughts she finds an empty church. I too find a church most spiritual between services when the thunder of religious verbosity is dissipating into the distance. In New York such churches are works of art, good for the soul and the intellectual mind.St. Patrick’s New York”St. Patrick’s on Fifth Avenue and Fiftieth Street is a pretty powerful example of early nineteenth-century American Gothic. Made of white marble quarried from upstate New York, the Walls must be four feet thick. The stained-glass windows were made by craftsmen from Chartres. Tiffany designed two of the altars and a Medici designed the third. And the Pieta in the southeast corner is twice the size of Michelangelo’s. In fact, the whole place is so well made that as the Good Lord sees about His daily business, He can pass right over St. Patrick’s confident that those inside will take pretty good care of themselves.”There is a car accident and Eve is hurt the worse of the three. Guilt, a powerful tool, swings all of Tinker’s attention to Eve. Any burgeoning relationship he has with Katey comes to a skidding halt with the shattering of glass and a great beauty marred by scars. They don’t see as much of each other, but when they do there is still a trip of a heartbeat.She can’t get him out of her head. He isn’t who he seems.He is more and less than what she believed.Tinker’s brother provides a little insight into what makes Tinker more than the sum of his parts. ”Never mind that he speaks five languages and could find his way safely home from Cairo or the Congo. What he’s got they can’t teach in schools. They can squash it, maybe; but they sure can’t teach it.--And what’s that?--Wonder.--Wonder!--That’s right. Anyone can buy a car or a night on the town. Most of us shell out our days like peanuts. One in a thousand can look at the world with amazement. I don’t mean gawking at the Chrysler Building. I’m talking about the wing of a dragonfly. The tale of the shoeshine. Walking through an unsullied hour with an unsullied heart.Mother Nature competing with TiffanyYeah, I know, I had to take a moment and spend a little time thinking about that line as well. I do know that perfection, those amazing moments where everything lines up from the moon to the breeze are few and far between. They need to be logged, carefully wrapped in gossamer, and placed in the deepest, safest vault of your memories so that when things go to crap they can be retrieved, savored, and hope can be restored that more of those moments are in your future. Life can never take everything away from you. Like most of us Katey doesn’t end up anywhere near where she expected, but 1938 is a year of those gossamer wrapped memories that can bring a whimsical smile to her lips when she is forty, seventy or a hundred and seven. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at: On the last night of 1937, twenty five year old Katey Kontent is in a second rate Greenwich Village jazz bar with her boardinghouse roommate stretching three dollars as far as it will go when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a tempered smile, happens to sit at the neighboring table This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey onOn the last night of 1937, twenty five year old Katey Kontent is in a second rate Greenwich Village jazz bar with her boardinghouse roommate stretching three dollars as far as it will go when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a tempered smile, happens to sit at the neighboring table This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool toward the upper echelons of New York society and the executive suites of Cond Nast rarefied environs where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve Wooed in turn by a shy, principled multi millionaire and an irrepressible Upper East Side ne er do well, befriended by a single minded widow who is a ahead of her time,and challenged by an imperious mentor, Katey experiences firsthand the poise secured by wealth and station and the failed aspirations that reside just below the surface 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.. Bestseller Book Rules of Civility The prologue to this novel takes place at an exhibition of photographs by Walker Evans in 1966. The author tells us that Evans had waited 25 years to show these photos to the public due to a concern for the subjects' privacy. The photos are taken with a hidden camera in the NYC subway car and "captured a certain naked humanity." Kate sees an old friend, Tinker Grey in two of these pictures. In one he's clean shaven, wearing a custom shirt and a cashmere coat. In a photo dated one year later he looks underweight and dirty in a threadbare coat. The novel starts 25 years earlier, in flashback, telling the story of Tinker Grey, Kate and others with picture perfect descriptions of the city, it's highlights and it's inhabitants. Towles writes as though through the lens of a camera. But unlike Evan's subway photos, Towles has a light, empathic touch when it comes to people - the angles never harsh, just true. And how appropriate that the underlying theme of this book is about how much people expose or hide their true lives, how much is deception or reality. As Kate says, " we give people the liberty of fashioning themselves in the moment - a span of time that is so much more manageable, stageable, controllable than is a lifetime." Justice is another theme in the novel. Do those people in the subway get a life that they deserve? What about the rich Wall Street types? Kate becomes a fan of Agatha Christie at a point in the novel when she is hurt, angry and concerned about whether justice exists in the world. She likes Agatha Christie's universe "where everyone gets what they deserve.... and a destiny that suits them." Literature lovers will enjoy several other allusions to and quotes from other writers, not to mention Kate's tendency to start a book somewhere in the middle. But the most enjoyable parts of the book were the laugh out loud funny repartee or the witty narrative voice that often highlights Kate's wise and strong personality. In an emotional moment, she tells the reader: "As a quick aside, let me observe that in moments of high emotion....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." One of the markers of a good novel for me is whether I miss the characters after I've finished the book. I'm feeling quite bereft and hoping for a sequel.
Rules of Civility A Novel Towles, Amor Amor Towles novel, Rules of Civility , is his homage to Manhattan, its environs and a few youthful inhabitants It blends sly humor with engaging discovery about each other and themselves And leaves at least one mystery unsolved. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles Rules of Civility, Amor Towles Set in New York City of the s, Rules of Civility followed the destiny of a group of young people in their twenties who greeted life with enthusiasm and hope NYC was perceived to be a haven of possibilities where individuals could re Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, Paperback Barnes Noble Jun , Born and raised in the Boston area, Amor Towles graduated from Yale College and received an MA in English from Stanford University His first novel, Rules of Civility, published in , was a New York Times bestseller and was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of .His second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, published in , was also a New York Times The Rules of Civility George Washington s Mount Vernon Rules of Civility Reading Guide Amor Towles After seeing Tinker at Chinoisserie, Katey indicts George Washington s Rules of Civility as A do it yourself charm school A sort of How to Win Friends and Influence People years ahead of its time But Dicky sees some nobility in Tinker s aspiration to Washington s rules Where does RULES OF CIVILITY Kirkus Reviews Jul , RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles RELEASE DATE July , Manhattan in the late s 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.

  1. Born and raised in the Boston area, Amor Towles graduated from Yale College and received an MA in English from Stanford University Having worked as an investment professional in Manhattan for over twenty years, he now devotes himself fulltime to writing His first novel, Rules of Civility, published in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback and was ranked by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of 2011 The book was optioned by Lionsgate to be made into a feature film and its French translation received the 2012 Prix Fitzgerald His second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, published in 2016, was also a New York Times bestseller and was ranked as one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the St Louis Dispatch, and NPR Both novels have been translated into over fifteen languages Mr Towles, who lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children, is an ardent fan of early 20th century painting, 1950 s jazz, 1970 s cop shows, rock roll on vinyl, obsolete accessories, manifestoes, breakfast pastries, pasta, liquor, snow days, Tuscany, Provence, Disneyland, Hollywood, the cast of Casablanca, 007, Captain Kirk, Bob Dylan early, mid, and late phases , the wee hours, card games, caf s, and the cookies made by both of his grandmothers.

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  1. She was indisputably a natural blonde Her shoulder length hair, which was sandy in summer, turned golden in the fall as if in sympathy with the wheat fields back home She had fine features and blue eyes and pinpoint dimples so perfectly defined that it seemed like there must be a small steel cable fastened to the center of each inner cheek which grew taut when she smiled True, she was only five foot five, but she knew how to dance in two inch heels and she knew how to kick them off as soon as sh [...]

  2. The prologue to this novel takes place at an exhibition of photographs by Walker Evans in 1966 The author tells us that Evans had waited 25 years to show these photos to the public due to a concern for the subjects privacy The photos are taken with a hidden camera in the NYC subway car and captured a certain naked humanity Kate sees an old friend, Tinker Grey in two of these pictures In one he s clean shaven, wearing a custom shirt and a cashmere coat In a photo dated one year later he looks und [...]

  3. 1.99 Kindle Download special today GREAT DEAL I spent FANTASTIC.FABULOUS I LOVED THIS NOVEL TREMENDOUSLY This review is filled mostly with quotes as these are quotes I want to remembert without the context of the story itself there are NO SPOILERS Special thanks Sara We are buddy reading this together having our own private book club discussionds much richness to a novel like this one Whatever setbacks Katey s father faced in life, he said, however daunting or dispiriting the unfolding of event [...]

  4. This is just delightful fun It s a love letter, a limerick, a lollipop, a literary longing Grab your shaker of martinis and your cocktail onions and take a ride with Katey Kontent through the streets of 1938 Manhattan She s just a working girl trying to make it on her own, but with the right or wrong friends, she manages to borrow a little glamourd a helping or two of trouble besides The book is not without its flaws I was only going to rate it four stars After I read the epilogue and then went [...]

  5. If a novel could win an award for best cinematography, this would take home the gold Amor Towles s sophisticated retro era novel of manners captures Manhattan 1938 with immaculate lucidity and a silvery focus on the gin and the jazz, the nightclubs and the streets, the pursuit of sensuality, and the arc of the self made woman.The novel s preface opens in 1966, with a happily married couple attending a Walker Evans photography exhibition An unlikely chance encounter stuns the woman, Katey a pictu [...]

  6. Blargh, I d been having such good luck with Choice finalists.I really should have put it down after page two, when the female, working class narrator describes her roommate as follows Eve was one of those surprising beauties from the American Midwest.In New York it becomes so easy to assume that the city s most alluring women have flown in from Paris or Milan But they re just a minority A much larger covey hails from the stalwart states that begin with the letter I like Iowa or Indiana or Illino [...]

  7. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference The road not taken by Robert Frost.Katey Kontent stands on her balcony overlooking Central Park in 1966 and reflects on the journey of her life and the road she chose to walk than twenty years ago Vulnerable and voluptuous like Billie Holiday s voice in Autumn in New York , Katey remembers the one and only genuine love of her life, the irresistible banker Tinker Grey For many are called, b [...]

  8. This book was strange for me, at points, it was a 5, at other points a 1 There were passages usually not parts of the narrative, but Katy s aphorisms presumably the product of her middle aged mind looking back that moved me nearly to tears These little nuggets are Katy s own Rules of Civility and they made the book worth reading E.g Right choices are the means by which life crystallizes lossBut those little tidbits are not the bulk of this quite plotty pacey novel, which is a fairy tale about a [...]

  9. This is the rare example of a book that makes you appreciate the art of writing It is indeed remarkable that this first time author has created a debut novel that succeeds in every way Mr Towles has crafted a true masterpiece This stylish, elegant and deliberately anachronistic debut novel transports readers back to Manhattan in 1938, where authentic, human characters inhabit a playground that comes alive with the manners of a society on the verge of radical upheaval.This book is art deco, jazz [...]

  10. Thank you, Amor Towles, for writing such a lovely and sophisticated novel Your book was a soothing tonic for this bruised and battered reader.Rules of Civility is the story of Katey Kontent in New York City The novel opens at an art gallery in 1966, and then flashes back to 1937 after Katey sees a photo of her former lover, Tinker Grey She thinks back to her single days and to the night she first met Tinker in 37 She remembers how getting to know him inadvertently set her on a path that changed [...]

  11. Immigrants or Trust Funds Rules of Civility is a love story for a city Specifically New York City during the last few years of the 1930 s That s not to say that Towles s characters aren t fully realized They are In fact the dialog is outstanding When a character opens their mouth you know immediately if they haunt the docks or Park Avenue At one point the three principle protagonists are out larking and sneak into a Marx Brothers movie Think of how exaggerated the accents and mannerisms are in t [...]

  12. I waffled between a one or two star rating, but I m not feeling particularly generous today, so one star it is.Basically upper class middle aged man tries to write as about working class young woman And fails I think I enjoyed about the first twenty pages of this one, and the rest just fell utterly flat First of all, the main character with the terrible name of Katey Kontent was completely unconvincing and not at all compelling It s rare that men can write convincingly in a female voice, but it [...]

  13. I don t want to say a lot about this book I m a bit tired this morning Wanted to finish this book and denied myself a few hours of sleep.This is the story of Kate, Eve and Tinker in the New York of 1938, where 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 a few well positioned social connections and and a whiff of intelligence Everybody had a chance if you knew the rules In 1966 Ka [...]

  14. New Year s Eve 1937, Katey Kontent and Evelyn Ross meet handsome, well heeled Tinker Grey at a bar and they see in 1938 together They make resolutions for one anotherd one of those resolutions is to get out of your ruts Well, this chance meeting shakes up all their lives and not a rut is left when 1938 whistles itself into history With New York City as a delicious backdrop, Katey navigates both the heights of society and the working class world, and along the way she learns a lot about herself a [...]

  15. Rating 3.5There is a movie by Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris awesome movie , that many say its a love letter to Paris A love letter to a particular time in history, the roaring 20s, where many literary and artistic people socialized The Rules of Civility, I felt, was Towles love affair His love affair with New York city, his love affair with the late 30s, and his love of literature.The story follows Katey Kontent really who is twenty five, living in New York s Greenwich Village, moving along and [...]

  16. I enjoy character driven novels This one is made perfect by focusing on a specific time and place 1938 in NYC It s a year between the Great Depression and the beginning of WWII Even the poised, reflective characters are carefree enough to hang out and drink, listen to jazz and have madcap adventures Fun to eavesdrop on all that There s a wonderful device used to demonstrate one person s character At the beginning of the book, our narrator finds Tinker Grey s picture twice in a photographer s exh [...]

  17. If we only fell in love with people who were perfect for us, then there wouldn t be so much fuss about love in the first place I first came across this author when I read A Gentleman in Moscow, which I absolutely adored Reading this was my chance to see if he was a one trick pony Let me tell you he is not Amor Towles writes beautifully and evocatively of the late 1930s in New York The book is an exploration of love, of choices made, of life fulfilled, of connections made and disguarded and of sh [...]

  18. In summary, I loved listening to this audiobook Why First of all, this book is a must for anyone who loves NYC Secondly, almost every line refers to places and books and artists There is a wonderful message The author is a master of metaphor Most every sentence implies than the bare words One example Katey pronounces her surname Kon TENT Don t you see the difference between that and KON tent Think about it The plot throws you a looper The characters become real people.In the beginning I wondere [...]

  19. Sometimes you re fortunate enough to read a book that can make you gasp, make you laugh, and bring a poignant tear to your eye, all at the same time your throat literally swells with it If you have read such a book then I m sure you know what I mean Rules of Civility was not just a book to me, but an experience which embodied all those feelings If you re wondering, Rules is written with the charm and imagination equal to that of A Gentleman in Moscow, but they are very different stories This one [...]

  20. Entertaining light but not fluffy what it does best is capture the high drama of being a New Yorker during the late 30 s A city where the upper class live large and lavish, hang out in jazz bars, frequent hotels like The Plaza Essex House and generally fritter their lives away drinking smoking up a storm Katey Kontent, a social climber extraordinaire and her flaky friend Eve hobnob with rich elitists with names like seriously Tinker, Dicky Bitsy Throw in a bitter struggling artist straddling the [...]

  21. So much has been said about this book here and elsewhere that I m not sure what else to add I did love this book for many reasons The sense of time and place, the wonderful use of language love the use of metaphor , sparkling dialog and internal narration, and wonderful descriptions of New York City itself that raise its presence to another character.We have all lived through our twenties or most of us through most of that decade So much happens, so many decisions are made that impact our future [...]

  22. It s really hard to put my finger on what made me like Rules of Civility so much I m partial to debut novels and their authors so when 4 to 5 star reviews started pouring in on GoodReads for this book, I quickly added it to my list The setting of New York, the city would not normally make me clamor to read this book, but the 1938 New York that Rules of Civility depicts captured me right away I can only believe this is due to Amor Towles ability as a writer The story seems fairly simple Two young [...]

  23. Oh stop, Eve said It s dreadful What is it Virginia Woolf Ugh Tinker brought home all these novels by women as if that s what I needed to get me back on my feet He s surrounded my bed with them It s as if he s planning to brick me in Isn t there anything else Rules of Civility left me cold I did not hate it, I did not like, I certainly did not love it as much as other people, including a lot of readers whose reviews I value, loved this book.I don t even know whether it was the detached voice of [...]

  24. Amor Towles has his own style of writing He is like yoga for the brain I will first say, it s amazing to me how Amor Towles can write from a women s perspective I would think most men would find that painful I m just kidding Rules of Civility is about two roommate s that meet a wealthy man on New Years night and how it changes the course of their lives For a period of time.It was told from Katey s point of view and all of the characters were ones that grew, and you were able to connect with them [...]

  25. Rereading this wonderful book, just for fun and joy Better the second time around Just like watching a movie the second time, you get to see all those little details you missed the first time, and just wonder, how you didn t catch that Read it again

  26. What were you afraid of as a kid What did you always want that your parents never gave you If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be If you could relive one year in your life, which one would you be Strangers in the night, two girls and a young man, meet and try to discover each other through a little game of what if Sounds like my GR friend Dan and his Ongoing Security Question Quiz, or like that running gag inThe Way We Werewhen Robert Redford picks up the best of everything he experi [...]

  27. Update 4 23 2017I need to clarify a comment I made regarding the prison population in my community Since they are people and they are part of the population and the facility is within our city limits, for census purposes they are counted as part of our population After all, they do reside within our city limits However, very few, if any, lived in the community or the surrounding area prior to their arrest and conviction I assume that the prison population wherever it might be located is included [...]

  28. 4 1 2 if I could What a wonderful book, tones of Fitzgerald but so much better The words are beautiful, the writing fantastic Three people, Evie, Katy and Tinker have an profound influence on each other, their relationships and many many secrets First book so I just have to wait patiently for his next Such a great feel for the Jazz Age.

  29. I cannot possibly write a review that reflects the intelligence and sophistication of this book Integrating art, photography and literature into his portrait of 1938 New York, Amor Towles also tells a great story about the choices made by one young woman Kate Katey Katherine Kontent, and her friends.Kate is smart, funny, unpredictable and determined, all qualities that make a fine heroine But she s also imperfect, which makes her infinitely interesting Likewise the characters that intersect her [...]

  30. Hard for me to get too excited about this nostalgic tale It is great on tone and atmosphere in the life it portrays for Manhattan social climbers in 1938 The story told by Katie in retrospect from middle age strives strives to be wise about life s choices and the power of friendship to guide such choices with true integrity But the paradoxes of Katie s character makes it hard for me to buy in well on her plausibility.In her early 20 s, Katie moves from Brighton Beach to Manhattan, takes a job at [...]

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