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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
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Oct 22, 11

bookshelves: 2011, contemporary-fiction
Read from October 20 to 22, 2011

3.5 stars. A late 1930s Manhattan novel engaging as it is witty. The book follows young upstart Katey Kontent (great name!) and her best friend Eve, along with the other cohorts who orbit their world, namely Tinker Grey. Katey is a fun character and unique for her time, although at times it feels painfully obvious the author of this is male and it was written in 2010/2011. Still, though, if one is willing to overlook these things there is much to enjoy here. Another Good Reads friend of mine dubbed this “Gatsby meets Mad Men” and that is certainly true (though less sex and cigarettes than the latter). The prose is crisp and sharp and the plot fun, though not necessarily seminal. At times the 1930s NYC setting is more interesting than the characters themselves. Overall a snappy read, but not necessarily profound.
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