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A fascinating insight into Manhattan in the late 1930s
on 29 January 2017
Having read, reviewed and been highly impressed by Amor Towles second book, ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ I soon found myself downloading and reading his first book, 'Rules of Civility'. I wasn’t disappointed, ‘Rules of Civility’ is the story is of a single girl in her twenties making her way in New York in the late 1930s. There’s a sense of frivolity and decadence as she meets a host of people from the very wealthy to the very – dare I say it – ordinary. It starts to change at the end of the decade, as the Depression and Spanish Civil War takes hold.
But the book starts much later and we initially, briefly, meet Katey in the 1960's exploring an art gallery with her husband. The plot then jumps seamlessly back in time thirty years and we gain a better understanding of Katey's life and how it interacts with the novel’s (very important) secondary characters.
This is, most definitely, an atmospheric and decadent read; you need to have a cocktail handy and, ideally, some jazz music playing in the background!
Read and enjoy.