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Rules of Civility: A Novel de Amor Towles
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Rules of Civility: A Novel (edição: 2012)

de Amor Towles (Autor)

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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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Título:Rules of Civility: A Novel
Autores:Amor Towles (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Books (2012), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
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Rules of Civility de Amor Towles

Adicionado recentemente porbelleek, sharvani, emrsalgado, HH_Library, RobinSF, tcmrhclfc, Rennie80, biblioteca privada
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    trav: Slightly different time period and tone, but the writing is very similar as are the dynamics. Both Rules of Civility and The Glass Room are very well written time-period books.
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I've always found New Year's Eve and the idea of the artificial construct of the significance of the start of the year to be uninteresting. I'm not interested in treating it as something special or really worth noting all that much. But Mr. Towles uses the "year in the life" idea to great advantage in RULES OF CIVILITY. I didn't enjoy this quite as much as A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW but that is a very high bar so don't take that as criticism. I thought the opening framing device of a photo exhibit set in 1966 was nicely done and the flow of the novel through the year 1938 and our narrator, Katherine Kontent, was mostly very easy. I found myself thinking a lot about what life was like in 1938 and especially what it would have been like for a 28 year old woman in New York City. Even with that I found myself often exasperated and outright angry at the choices made by Katey and her friends, especially her close friend Eve. But I would try and step back and understand it a little more. I find it interesting that he chose to write the novel from a woman's point of view. I think he did a great job with it but I don't have any first hand knowledge to know if I'm right in that. In the end I think the entire book is about choices. Those made and those not made and the way life flows from them. As he has Katey think, "I know that right choices by definition are the means by with life crystallizes loss." I saw Mr. Towles speak at a book convention and it is clear he loves to do research to give his books authenticity. I know that means it will take longer for him to produce books but if MOSCOW and CIVILITY are the outcome then I'll wait. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
A well-written period piece about NYC in the late 1930s through mid-1940s. Katey Kontent is a Brighton Beach-born working girl. She is ambitious and determined, seeking success in the working world, eventually rising to become assistant to a magazine editor. She works hard in the daytime and parties hard at night, working her way into the NY social scene for the elite along with her best friend, Eve Ross, a Midwest-born free spirit and glamour girls. As enterprising in work as she is in her social life, Katey manages to make connections everywhere, but finds many of her friends and lovers are not what they seem. Too many coincidences and random encounters for me, with Katey in technicolor and mostly everyone else in black and white. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Delightful depiction of 1930s NYC and the lives of the young people. A quiet story of how small decisions have large impacts on your life. Towles has a gift for touching the heart through the lives of ordinary people. ( )
  ghefferon | Jul 9, 2021 |
I read Rules of Civility after discovering Amor Towles via A Gentleman in Moscow. While this story does not have the same depth as AGIM, it is beautifully written, especially considering it was his debut novel. There are hints of The Great Gatsby in the more shallow characters and in the fact that not everyone is who they appear to be. Katey Kontent is a wonderful narrator and by telling other people's stories, she also gives us hers. A great read, highly recommended. ( )
  Jawin | Jun 19, 2021 |
The Short of It:

Friendship, love, and duty collide amid the backdrop of a glittering New York City in 1938.

The Rest of It:

This is one of those stories that is so full of rich imagery and well-drawn characters that I doubt I can do it justice in summarizing it here. Nevertheless, I shall try.

After Eve accidently dumps a bowl of food into Katie’s lap, the two become fast friends. Eve, or Evey, is beautiful, vivacious and impossible to ignore. Her flirtatious nature and her knack for always knowing where the party is, attracts Katie who is slightly more down-to-earth and sensible. Katie is a working class girl, trying to make a name for herself in the publishing world. But when the work day is over, it’s Evey who takes Katie by the hand and the two find themselves living it up with drinks paid for by others. It’s a fast crowd but not without some memorable finds.

One of those finds is Tinker Grey. Charming, dashing, full of wit and humor, he befriends Katie and Evey and the three of them pal around the city enjoying a lot of gin, and the memorable meals to go with it. But after an accident which leaves Eve in a precarious situation, Tinker, perhaps feeling guilty over his involvement, takes Evey in so that she can rehabilitate in luxury. Although Katie and Tinker are far from a thing, they do share something that he and Evey don’t and so this new living arrangement gives them all pause. How do you cage a wild thing? How can Tinker go on with his life while tending to his sense of duty?

This story gave me a lot to think about. If you enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow, you will enjoy this book as well but it will leave you feeling a little sad which is why I think it took me awhile to finish. Sad, the way nostalgia can make you feel, wistful and longing for how it used to be. These relationships are complicated and fluid and every time I turned a page, I was presented with some new big idea to ponder. This is why I read this book slowly, savoring each interaction.

One big bonus for me is that Katie and Tinker are readers. There is much literature talk and mention of classic books such as Great Expectations. I also cannot help but mention that parts of it reminded me of one of my favorite movies of all time, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Overall, I very much enjoyed this story and these characters will stay with me for a very long time.

For more reviews, visit my blog: Book Chatter. ( )
  tibobi | May 14, 2021 |
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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.
adicionado por jimcripps | editarNew York Times, Liesl Schillinger (Aug 12, 2011)
 
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.
adicionado por souloftherose | editarThe 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.
adicionado por theeclecticreview | editarKirkus 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.
The 1930s . . .
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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