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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
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Oct 19, 11

bookshelves: adult, audiobooks, historical
Read in October, 2011

The hardest decision here was going between 4* and 5*.

This book is set in 1930s NY, which I actually can't recall reading much during that time period. The setting is so strong, as are the peripheral characters. It also starts in the future, then bounces back to the beginning of the story. What's great about this is that I couldn't remember at all who Katy was talking to in the opening chapter. There are arcs that appear early, but the repercussions don't show up until later.

So, I loved loved loved this story and can't imagine who would NOT like it! The audiobook is also strong - one narrator captures all voices, and the slang of the time period without ever sounding fake or hoky.

Honestly, it is like 4.9 stars!
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Zeke this book has been such a pleasant surprise, so far. Reminded me of our conversation about "pretty people with pretty problems" books. I don't know if this is one of those or not, yet. I honestly didn't know if I'd like it--the cover didn't really work for me. It's really a pretty great book, though. The main character's voice is so witty, sharp, precise, dry. The author does an excellent job with time/place. Ive read a ton of NYC as setting books, but nothing in the 1930s.....at least not among these types of people. Can't wait to finish this one.


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