Rules of Civility - Amor Towles


Having the rare pleasure of book tokens, I bought this on impulse from a real bookshop - the sort of simple decadence this book celebrates. Although it celebrates sophisticated decadence as well. But while marketed as a tale of 30s glamour, it's actually complex literary fiction, at times a little too complex for the rather light plot. While the characters were all slightly irritating, the true pleasure lay in the evocative re-creation of a significant moment in time, like a Time Out to the best places to spend a night in pre-war New York.

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