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Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility (Paperback)

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'Fabulous' Observer'Achingly stylish' Guardian'Irresistible' Daily Telegraph'Gripping' The Sunday TimesIn a jazz bar on the last night of 1937, watching a quartet because she couldn't afford to see the whole ensemble, there were certain things Katey Kontent knew: the location of every old church in Manhattanhow to sneak into the cinemahow to type eighty words a minute, five thousand an hour, and nine million a yearand that if you can still lose yourself in a Dickens novel then everything is going to be fine.By the end of the year she'd learned:how to live like a redheadand insist upon the very best;that riches can turn to rags in the trip of a heartbeat,chance encounters can be fated, and the word 'yes' can be a poison.That's how quickly New York City comes about, like a weathervane, or the head of a cobra. Time tells which.'A delicious and memorable novel that will leave you wistful - and desperate for a martini.' Stylist'Elegance and hardship drip off the page' Daily Mail

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Publication Date: 01/01/2012 ISBN-13: 9781444708875  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Amor Towles has written fiction which has appeared in The Paris Review. This is his first novel. He lives in New York.

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Couldn't agree less with other review. Loved this book, deeply moving and very evocative of the style of the era

- 03/12/2013
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Lightweight nonsense that looks to other (better) books and films for its weakly plotted storylines. It lacks substance and style. Try Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos, the period is a little earlier but the read is so much more satisfying. I want to give it no stars but can't.

- 15/02/2012
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