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We are talkingNYC. I do know that perfection, those amazing moments where everything lines up from the moon to the breeze are few and far between.

However, there is nothing derivative about either the writing or the story A do-it-yourself charm school. Books by Amor Towles. 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.

Walking through an unsullied hour with an unsullied heart. 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.

This book will remain in my personal library and will be reread again with great pleasure.

There is the looming threat of World War II, which is mentioned in passing, but which permeates all the joviality, because, as an audience, we know that what follows the recovery from the depression is a party that is only momentary, ending in massive losses on battlefields abroad.


Eve is disfigured but spots an opportunity for justice: Were there any personal influences from the s that informed the book?


To close on a personal note: View all 61 comments. I think I enjoyed about the first twenty pages of this one, and the rest just fell utterly flat. View all 74 comments. I liked that our characters have secrets that we don’t learn until later, and that the author was able to surprise me. There are so many details that perfectly capture the atmosphere of the place – the cabs, the sounds, Greenwich Village, the restaurants, the food.

With him, they hit all the hot nightspots and consume much alcohol. The author is a master of metaphor. Rules of Civility; 3 Stars. Reading this was my chance to see if he was a one trick pony. It is filled with gorgeous metaphors that you snap up immediately. And finally there is subtle, sophisticated humor. Towles is very insightful of the human psyche and this book was a pleasure to read, his use of language flows so artfully.

This book is filled with the words”like” and “as if”. Whatever setbacks Katey’s father faced in life, he said, “however daunting or dispiriting the unfolding of events, he always knew that he would make it through, as long as when he woke in the morning he was looking forward to his first cup of coffee”.

Also, by the time I quit, the main character had coincidentally run into someone while out and about at least 5 times. 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.


This is a book of manners, so the action resides in the conflict between individual ambitions and desires and the acceptable social codes of behavior between classes. We were just meeting for drinks, making haphazard alliances and cursory decisions, shaping our futures unwittingly.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – Amor Towles

Why writers and editors for that matter approve of this method is confounding. In commercial terms, it lives up to the hype.

In the opening chapter it’s and Katey’s at an exhibition looking at a picture of the man who changed everything for her: Anor their quest to make their way up the rungs of the social ladder they almost invariably make bad choices.

Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles- 5 Stars!

View all 69 comments. This book is art deco, jazz clubs, martinis and Long Island mansions. Civolity 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 a milk truck mauls his roadster with the women ot it, permanently scarring Eve, the guilt-ridden Tinker devotes himself to her, though he and she both know he has stronger feelings for Katey. Overall, I’m glad I have finally read this one, but doubt it will stick with me.

Christie fails to please.