Rules Of Civility by Amor Towles

82%

17 Critic Reviews

His first effort is remarkable for its strong narrative, original characters and a voice influenced by Fitzgerald and Capote, but clearly true to itself.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The New York Times bestselling novel that "enchants on first reading and only improves on the second" (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. 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 critics alike.


 

About Amor Towles

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AMOR TOWLES was born and raised just outside Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University, where he was a Scowcroft Fellow. He is a Principal at an investment firm in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife and two children.
 
Published July 26, 2011 by Penguin Books. 352 pages
Genres: Other, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Rules Of Civility
All: 17 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
Jun 01 2011

An elegant, pithy performance by a first-time novelist who couldn’t seem more familiar with his characters or territory.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by VIv Groskop on Jul 15 2011

But at times it did feel more like a film treatment or a pitch for a TV series than a novel.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 14 2011

His first effort is remarkable for its strong narrative, original characters and a voice influenced by Fitzgerald and Capote, but clearly true to itself.

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Wall Street Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by JOANNE KAUFMAN on Jul 26 2011

The great strength of "Rules of Civility" is in the sharp, sure-handed if sometimes overripe evocation of Manhattan in the late '30s

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah Worman on Sep 21 2011

For a novel that opens with a description of the difficulties of living during the Depression there isn’t much exploration of any of life’s difficulties.

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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by Elena Seymenliyska on Jul 20 2011

...the best feature of Rules of Civility is its fast pacing and irresistible momentum. The language is snappy, too, full of period idiom and witty one-liners.

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Tampa Bay Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Colette Bancroft on Aug 07 2011

Towles has a lovely way with language and a deft wit, and his characters are that rare thing, both convincing and surprising.

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Oprah.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Lisa Birnbach

...Towles portrays complex relationships in a city that is at once melting pot and elitist enclave—and a thoroughly modern heroine who fearlessly claims her place in it.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Olivia Barker on Aug 12 2011

it's how Towles shades in the story that's most interesting, elegantly drawing a picture of a time and place seldom depicted in the current culture

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NY Daily News

Excellent
Reviewed by Sherryl Connelly on Jul 31 2011

...Towles offers up a convincing tale of a time and place worth revisiting. "Rules of Civility" is a pleasure.

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Toonari Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Marci Swank

The novel is a very addictive and enticing story that takes you to a different world, yet allows you to appreciate the impacts of the late ‘30’s in today’s time.

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New York Public Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Anne Rouyer on Nov 29 2011

Rules of Civility may be a historical novel filled with fashion, gossip and lots of cocktails but it is also surprisingly meaty... It is novel of compelling prose and witty charm.

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Herald de Paris

Excellent
Reviewed by Ashliegh Gehl on Sep 03 2012

A fast paced read filled with emotional peaks and lows, giving greater insight into how people socially engage.

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Lit Lovers

Good
Reviewed by Molly Lundquist

...Rules of Civility is wonderful read—and a terrific book for stimulating lively book club discussions on those eponymous rules.

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Everyday eBook

Good
Reviewed by Rita Jacobs

there is undeniable — but never prissy — moral depth to the issues the novel raises.

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Literary Inklings

Good
Reviewed by Casee Marie on Mar 08 2012

With the weight of his prose and the way he passes over chances to explain his story without, it would seem, a second thought, he calls to mind Fitzgerald in a very significant way, while creating characters that are all his own

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Chalk the Sun

Below average
Reviewed by Julie Christine

I was so certain I’d be swept away by the smoky clubs and shiny penthouses...But instead I felt hollowed out by a character who was a ghost of what she could have been.

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