Teaser Tuesdays: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just open your current read to a random page and share a few sentences. Be careful not to include spoilers!

I have chosen slightly longer than the standard teaser-length quotation for you here today. I feel that it perfectly sets the scene for the opening action of the book; and it’s also a great example of Towles’s writing, which I already love.

In the 1950’s, America had picked up the globe by the heels and shaken the change from its pockets. Europe had become a poor cousin – all crests and no table settings. And the indistinguishable countries of Africa, Asia, and South America had just begun skittering across our schoolroom walls like salamanders in the sun. True, the Communists were out there, somewhere, but with Joe McCarthy in the grave and no one on the Moon, for the time being the Russians just skulked across the pages of spy novels.

America in the 1950’s: there you are. I love the style of this paragraph. It’s so evocative. I’ve only begun this book, but I like it very much so far. And Rebecca Lowman’s narration feels perfect.

What are you reading this week?

5 Responses

  1. You are in for a treat — this is a great novel.

  2. I LOVED this book… such fabulous writing. Enjoy!

  3. […] to quote from it for a second week in a row – and twice today. (See last week’s teaser here.) It was too hard to get it down to even these three teasers, I could have done […]

  4. […] (and I hope you’ve forgiven me) that I used not one but three teasers to whet your interest (here and here). It’s very evocative: I could see, hear, smell the New York City described; and […]

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