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Rules of Civility: A Novel av Amor Towles
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Rules of Civility: A Novel (utgåvan 2012)

av Amor Towles (Författare)

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From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway and A Gentleman in Moscow, a ??sharply stylish? (Boston Globe) book about a young woman in post-Depression era New York who suddenly finds herself thrust into high society??now with over one million readers worldwide
On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society??where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.
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 of readers and crit
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Medlem:lisa_e_lanham
Titel:Rules of Civility: A Novel
Författare:Amor Towles (Författare)
Info:Penguin Books (2012), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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  1. 71
    Den store Gatsby av F. Scott Fitzgerald (Cecilturtle)
  2. 60
    Försoning av Ian McEwan (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Atonement, like Rules of Civility, paints a picture of events that instantly turn characters' worlds upside down. Also set in the 1930s, it highlights the lingering opulence of the age and how that can disappear amid tragedy.
  3. 20
    Sister Carrie av Theodore Dreiser (sidiki)
  4. 11
    Fåfängans marknad : en roman utan hjälte av William Makepeace Thackeray (Limelite)
    Limelite: Another look at an ambitious woman making her own way in the world and with commentary on the society of her times.
  5. 11
    The Glass Room av Simon Mawer (trav)
    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.
  6. 00
    Lucky Us av Amy Bloom (rocks009)
    rocks009: Diverse cast of characters revolving around two central female leads, in pre-war America.
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On New Year's Eve of 1937, Kate's life will be forever changed when she and her best friend meet Tinker Grey in a bar. Part of Manhattan's elite, Tinker introduces Kate and Eve to a world they had only dreamed of: money, art, travel, cocktail parties, limousines, and ivy league friends. But over the course of the following year, the truth about Tinker and the image he has crafted of himself will come to light, and Kate will have to make decisions that will change things forever. I was completely swept away by the setting of this beautifully written and well crafted novel, by the enchanting Kate, and by all the glitz and glamour of Tinker's world. Smart and interesting characters, captivating writing, and wonderful storytelling combine to make this a dazzling debut! ( )
  kdegour23 | May 29, 2024 |
A fun book that captures an upper-lower class relationship with the twist that the woman is from the lower class. It's fun to watch the interactions between to people who are so extremely out of touch with reality. ( )
  chip1o1 | May 22, 2024 |
Towles dreams up good stories and tells them very well. As excellent as this was, I liked A Gentleman in Moscow even better. I hope it doesn't take too many years for him to come out with his next book. ( )
  dvoratreis | May 22, 2024 |
This book has been on my to-read pile for some time. I enjoyed The Lincoln Highway (https://schatjesshelves.blogspot.com/2021/12/review-of-lincoln-highway-by-amor-towles.html) and loved A Gentleman in Moscow (https://schatjesshelves.blogspot.com/2020/05/review-of-gentleman-in-moscow-by-amor.html) so decided I should finally read Towles’ debut novel.

The book begins in 1966 though most of it is a flashback to 1938. Middle-aged Katey Kontent attends a photographic exposition which transports her back to New Years Eve 1937 when she was 25 and met the man who appears in two of the photographs on exhibit. The book then describes a year (1938) in her life, a year which determines the direction of her life.

Katey and her free-spirited roommate Eve go to a jazz bar where they meet Tinker Grey, a handsome wealthy banker. This encounter propels her into the upper echelons of New York society where she is introduced to a world of Gatsbyesque parties, luxury residences, swanky clubs, and posh restaurants. In many ways, the book is a coming-of-age story as Katey makes new friends, experiences love and loss, advances her career, and learns much about the world.

Katey is a likable character, though sometimes she struck me as somewhat unbelievable. The daughter of a Russian immigrant, she is intelligent and ambitious and works hard. These traits get her noticed. Her insistence on independence is also noteworthy. She is well-read, though I was sometimes amazed at the extent of her knowledge of art and contemporary music. Very much middle-class, she knows the mannerisms of high society and easily manages to become accepted by the ultra-wealthy and powerful? All the men fall in love with her and all the women become her friends?

But I guess that’s one of the novel’s messages: the randomness of chance which sometimes determines the course of someone’s life. Looking back, Katey acknowledges that she was gifted choices: “To have even one year when you’re presented with choices that can alter your circumstances, your character, your course – that’s by the grace of God alone.”

Another theme is the importance of finding a purpose and maintaining integrity: “maintain some sense of direction, some sort of unerring course over seas tempest-tost.” The title of the book comes from George Washington’s rules of civility, the last of which is “Labour to keep alive in your Breast that Little Spark of Celestial fire Called Conscience.” Some people make various degrees of moral compromise, but Katy refuses monetary opportunities that would make her life easier but she would see as dishonourable. Eve draws her line in the sand: “’I’m willing to be under anything . . . as long as it isn’t somebody’s thumb.’” Sometimes it looks as if Eve is not living by that principle, but that impression proves to be incorrect. At the end, Tinker looks at the windows lit across New York but sees some specific windows “that seemed to burn a little brighter and more constant – the windows lit by those few who acted with poise and purpose.”

The other theme that stands out for me is that appearances can be deceiving. People can hide their true inner selves. People are like butterflies: “there are tens of thousands of butterflies: men and women . . . with two dramatically different colorings – one which serves to attract and the other which serves to camouflage – and which can be switched at the instant with a flit of the wings.” Based on what she sees, Katey makes assumptions about Tinker’s life that prove to be wrong. The inner lives of some characters are at odds with their initial appearance. For instance, Wallace Walcott is someone Katey almost dismisses until she gets to know him. Some people, especially the wealthy, tell lies, have ulterior motives, or use their money and influence to manipulate others’ lives. It’s interesting that the coat of arms of the exclusive Beresford apartment building where Tinker lives has a Latin motto “Fronta Nulla Fides“ or “place no trust in appearances.”

There is much I enjoyed: the snappy dialogue, the humour in the witty repartee, the beautifully rich prose, and the many literary allusions to other writers and books. I didn’t like this book as much as A Gentleman in Moscow, but It is nonetheless a great read.

Note: Please check out my reader's blog (https://schatjesshelves.blogspot.com/) for over a thousand reviews. ( )
  Schatje | May 17, 2024 |
LOVED. ( )
  DianeVallere | May 16, 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.
 
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.
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On the night of October 4th, 1966, Val and I, both in late middle age, attended the opening of Many Are Called at the Museum of Modern Art—the first exhibit of the portraits taken by Walker Evans in the late 1930s on the New York City subways with a hidden camera.
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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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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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From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway and A Gentleman in Moscow, a ??sharply stylish? (Boston Globe) book about a young woman in post-Depression era New York who suddenly finds herself thrust into high society??now with over one million readers worldwide
On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society??where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.
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 of readers and crit

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