Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility

A Novel

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Viking : Penguin, 2011
ISBN: 9780670022694
0670022691
9780143121169
0143121162
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 23 cm
Call Number: TOWLES, A

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Alpha_zzz
Mar 02, 2021

I have mixed feelings about this book. The storyline was great. It was fun reading about events of the 30’s and various social circles in New York. The character development was good, and it was interesting to have a male author write in the first person of a female. I struggled with the extraneous prose throughout - more information than the reader really needed. The author also used a lot of metaphors and had an ambiguous style of writing, but that’s likely his own vernacular. Lastly, I didn’t care for the protagonist, Kathy. She was too flippant and had the devil could care attitude.

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jkellerhand
Jan 05, 2021

Maria recommended

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glnbothell
Dec 26, 2020

Not particularly memorable story about a middle class young woman in Depression era New York amongst high society.

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Rdi123
Nov 19, 2020

Another excellent read from a favorite author

ArapahoeKarenQB Oct 01, 2020

Character-driven and beautifully-written. I liked the story partly because it was about a world that's completely foreign to me. It was slow at times, but overall I liked it and was invested in the characters and what happened to them.

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lindemuldercr
Sep 23, 2020

Modern Mrs Darcy

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gale37
Sep 09, 2020

A great read! Lighter than A Gentleman in Moscow but often a good peek into 1930s New York high society.

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kbpepperell
Dec 13, 2019

July 2020

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AugustusCaesar
Nov 05, 2019

I, too, came to this after "A Gentleman in Moscow". Where I rate Moscow a 5, I give this a 4. It draws you in like "Moscow".

It describes New York's absorption with itself quite clearly. Better than Gatsby, IMHO. I enjoyed the reference to "Autumn in New York". The tune came readily to mind as I read the book in October. An interesting counterpoint to "Rogue Heroes".

The beginning is actually the ending, so go back and read the beginning once you have finished.The beginning makes a better ending than the epilogue. But then life is like that sometimes. We see the beginning from the end.

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nalahblueberry5
May 05, 2019

Loved it

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