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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
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Aug 02, 2012

really liked it
Read from August 31 to September 07, 2012

This was another freebie I got at the 2012 BEA.

A beautiful, well-crafted book. It's so full of perfect prose, and permeated with a sadness throughout; plus, it's pretty people with pretty problems, which is my favorite genre of fiction. Amor Towles does a great job of giving voice to a realistic female character.

It's not 100% perfect; there were a handful of dangling participles, and honestly, in the middle it felt a little dull. Not a lot happens in the entire book, and it's very influenced by The Great Gatsby, which is not in my top 20 classic works. But the tone is perfect (again, that sadness), and New York right before WWII is captivating, especially the wealthy, both self-made and inherited. This book is like a hard little silver bauble from Tiffany.

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09/01/2012 page 36
11.0% "I love it already. So far." 1 comment
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Amy This is on my list purely because of its cover.

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