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Rules of Civility: A Novel [Audiobook] [Audio Cd] Amor Towles Unknown Binding – 2011
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The novel's preface opens in 1966, with a happily married couple attending a Walker Evans photography exhibition. An unlikely chance encounter stuns the woman, Katey--a picture of a man staring across a canyon of three decades, a photograph of an old friend. Thus begins the flashback story of Katey's roaring twenties in the glittering 30's.
Katey Kontent (Katya) is the moral center of the story, an unapologetic working girl--more a bluestocking than a blue blood-- born in Brighton Beach of Russian immigrant parents. She's an ambitious and determined statuesque beauty à la Tierney or Bacall who seeks success in the publishing industry. She works as hard by day as she plays at night. Her best friend, Eve (Evelyn) Ross, is a Midwest-born Ginger Rogers /Garbo character mix, with jazz cat spirit and a fearless, cryptic glamor. She refuses daddy's money and embraces her free spirit:
"I'm willing to be under anything...as long as it isn't somebody's thumb."
Katey and Eve flirt with shameless savoir-faire, and are quick with the clever repartees. They will kiss a man once that they'll never kiss twice, and glide with effortless élan among all the social classes of New York. Moreover, they can make a few dollars stretch through many a martini, charming gratis drinks from fashionable men.Read more ›
The story begins in 1966 but quickly turns back to 1938, the most eventful year in Katey's life. Katey and her friend Eve meet Tinker Grey, a charming young banker, at a jazz club on New Year's Eve. Their blossoming three-way friendship takes an unexpected turn when Eve is injured in an accident while Tinker is driving. Tinker's apparent preference for Katey shifts to Eve as she recuperates. Months later, something happens to cause a change in their relationship, giving Tinker a more important role in Katey's life. Along the way, Katey's career is leaping forward: from reliable member of a law firm's secretarial pool to secretary at a staid publishing house to gofer and then editorial assistant at a trendy magazine.Read more ›
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It started off a little slow for me. Once it got going, I was more interested. My impression was that this is a modern telling of "Sex and the City" if "Sex and the... Read morePublished 13 days ago by lan811
Author writes characters which make you want to keep reading, you will enjoy their story & life views. Highly recommendPublished 16 days ago by nevershoelessanymore
I really enjoyed this story of life in NYC in the late '30s. There are literary, social, artistic and historical references that provide context and texture to the story. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Frank Williamson
I read this book two years ago and loved it; I lend It and never got it back !!!! So I bought it again that' s how much I recomed it!!!Published 1 month ago by MARISSA FRADET
I loved this book. We read it in our book club, and the feeling was unanimous. It is rare to find a book about such a strong, female character in the 1930s. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reharv
Good writing is important to me. I drool over great writing. I consider this an extremely well-written novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Randy from So Cal
The story is surprising and interesting. As I finished the book, I was sad to see it end, like leaving after a visit with a friend. This would make a great movie!Published 1 month ago by Linda G. Jamison
A very well written book. I loved "living" in that era while reading this book Having moved to a big city when I was a young girl of almost 18 in 1961, I felt a kinship to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diane Olsen