Five years ago, three friends and I set out to read some of the “great books” – or those works of literature which would merit re-reading several times over the. 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 . Set in New York City in , Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year-old named.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Rules civiliyt Civility by Amor Towles. On the last night oftwenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village civiility bar with towpes boardinghouse roommate stretching three dollars as far as it will go when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a tempered smile, happens to sit at the neighboring table.
This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on On the last night oftwenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar with her boardinghouse roommate stretching three dollars as far as it will go when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a tempered smile, happens to sit at the neighboring table.
Wooed in turn by a shy, principled multi-millionaire and an irrepressible Upper East Side ruels, befriended by a single-minded widow who is ahead of her time, and challenged by an imperious mentor, Katey experiences firsthand the poise secured by wealth and station and the failed aspirations that reside just below the surface.
Even as she waits for circumstances to bring Tinker back into her life, she begins to realize how our most promising choices inevitably lay the groundwork for our regrets.
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This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [If you were Katey would you have tried harder to end up with Civilitj at the end, or would you just let him go like she actually did in the book?
Carolyn This didn’t spoil anything. You know she married someone else after the first 2 pages. Who did Katey Kontent marry?
It seemed like it was a cab driver? Judy Lindow view spoiler It was the son of the man who gave the party she went to as Wallace’s friend. The father suggested he take the sports car – but he …more view spoiler It was the son of the man who gave the party she went to as Wallace’s friend. The father suggested he take the sports car – but he chose the conservative car. We see some matchmaking and in the last pages when she looks at the amorr, she revisits the cjvility of her civiliyy Val hugging him at their wedding.
Val’s looks are a cross between an aviator and a judge. I think it’s important that Val makes a quick entry and exit.
RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles | Kirkus Reviews
I know I’ve crossed paths many times with some people. Plus, with the lack of interest at that time – it’s apparent that the timing would not have been right. Sometimes we have to live through different things before we’re ready. In the case of these two we see and learn that they are both career oriented and not prepared to make their commitments until they did some more living on their og. See all 25 questions about Rules of Civility…. Lists with This Book. Jul 07, Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing.
Her shoulder-length hair, which was sandy in summer, turned golden in the fall as if in sympathy with the wheat fields back home. She had fine features and blue eyes and pinpoint dimples so perfectly defined that it seemed like there civiloty be a small steel cable fastened to the center of each inner cheek which grew taut when she smiled. True, she was only five foot five, but she knew how to dance in two-inch heels–and she knew how to kick them off as soon as she sat in your lap.
Eve Ross, a New York transplant from Indiana, is one of those friends that manages to always have a good time whether she is in a jazz club or on her way to a funeral. She is an energy vampire. As one party ends another one begins. She was born in New York and enjoys the octane fueled experiences with her friend, but she can never throw herself into the fray quite the way Eve does. They meet Tinker Grey, a well groomed, well heeled banker who is a man in need of a good time and Eve and Katey are the right two gals to provide it.
He has the money. They have the energy. Katey is used to taking a backseat to Eve and as their dueling relationship starts to evolve with Tinker it is no secret that as much as Tinker appreciates Eve he is developing a serious crush on Katey. Eve is a force of nature and provides the whirlwind effect to any outing, but if a guy wants a moment to have a quiet drink and a deeper conversation Katey is the right ticket.
She reads everything from Charles Dickens to Agatha Christie and appreciates that pendulum of reading experiences equally and for different reasons. The Hercule Poirots, the Miss Marples. Death on the Nile. The Mysterious Affair at Styles. I read them on the subway, at the deli and in my bed alone. Christie fails to please.
Her books are tremendously satisfying. Christie doles out her little surprises at the carefully calibrated pace of a nanny dispensing sweets to the children in her towlfs.
I too find a church most spiritual between services when the thunder civvility religious verbosity is dissipating into the distance. In New York such churches are works of art, good for the soul and the intellectual mind. Made of white marble quarried from upstate New York, the Walls must be four feet thick. The stained-glass windows were made by craftsmen from Chartres.
Tiffany designed two of the altars and a Medici designed the third. In fact, the whole place is so well made that as the Good Lord sees about His daily gowles, He can pass right over St.
Any burgeoning relationship he has with Katey comes to a skidding halt with the shattering of toqles and a great beauty marred by scars. He is more and less than what she believed.
Anyone can buy a car or a night on the town. Most of us shell out our days like peanuts. One in a thousand can look at the world with amazement. The tale of the shoeshine.
Walking through an unsullied hour with an unsullied heart. Mother Nature competing with Tiffany Yeah, I tiwles, I had to take a moment and spend a little time thinking about that line as well.
I do know that perfection, those amazing moments where everything lines up from the moon to the breeze are few and far between. 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.
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The prologue to this novel takes place at an exhibition of photographs by Walker Evans in The author tells us that Evans had waited 25 years to show these photos to the public due to a concern for the subjects’ privacy. The photos are taken with a hidden camera in the NYC subway car and “captured a certain naked humanity.
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In one he’s clean shaven, wearing a custom shirt and a cashmere coat. In a photo dated one year later he The prologue to this novel takes place at an exhibition of photographs by Walker Evans in In a photo dated one year later he looks underweight and dirty in a threadbare coat. The novel starts 25 years earlier, in flashback, telling the story of Tinker Grey, Kate and rulee with picture perfect descriptions of the city, it’s highlights and it’s inhabitants.
Towles writes as though through the lens of a camera. But unlike Evans’ subway photos, Towles oof a light, empathic touch when it comes to people – the angles never harsh, just true.
And how appropriate that the underlying theme of this book is about how much people expose or hide their true lives, how much is deception or reality. As Kate says, ” we give people the liberty of fashioning themselves in the moment – a span of time that is so much more manageable, stageable, controllable than is a lifetime.
Do those people in the subway get a life that they deserve? What about the rich Wall Street types? Kate becomes a fan of Agatha Christie at a point in the novel when she is hurt, angry and concerned about whether justice exists in the world. She likes Agatha Christie’s universe “where everyone gets what they deserve Xivility of the most enjoyable parts of the book were the laugh out loud funny repartees and the witty narrative voice that often highlighted Kate’s wise and strong personality.
In an emotional moment, she tells the reader: This is one of the finer maxims that I’ve discovered in life. And you can have it, since towlees been of no use to me. I’m feeling quite bereft and hoping for a sequel. View all 33 comments. Jan 12, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing. This review is filled ‘mostly’ with quotes –as these are quotes I want to remember We are buddy-reading this together.
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”. Tinker had this to say about Katey I was wondering to myself: