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by Molly Keane

eBook Good Behaviour download ISBN: 0525482245
Author: Molly Keane
Publisher: Plume (March 21, 1983)
Language: English
ePub: 1415 kb
Fb2: 1133 kb
Rating: 4.9
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary

I do know how to behave - believe me, because I know. So why did I finally and despite everything like this book? The fault lies with the great writer Molly Keane: her writing is a marvel of distilled subtleties, of seemingly harmless reflections that say so much. And when I tell you that it's very easy to read, you'll have no excuse not to read this book!.

Hilary Mantel says that Molly Keane's Good Behaviour is a masterpiece. The deserved success of Midnight's Children in the 1981 Booker Prize obscured a book that is a winner every year: Molly Keane's Good Behaviour. A dry, dark comedy, set among the impoverished Anglo-Irish gentry in the early 20th century, it is a concise, witty and perfectly constructed masterpiece - the product of a lifetime's experience of people and the writer's craft.

Keane's 1981 novel also features a self-destructive family

Keane's 1981 novel also features a self-destructive family. Behind their fa ade of aristocratic morals and good bahavior, the Anglo-Irish St. Charles family are a clan of jealous, greedy, sex-obsessed brutes. A bit of a soap opera, this should be popular.

Molly Keane is a mistress of wicked comedy. Molly Keane is a modern Jane Austen. Best book I've read in months, if not years. 2 people found this helpful. A witty, black comedy of manners, GOOD BEHAVIOUR is a memorable novel by an Irish writer whose only equal is Elizabeth Bowen.

Good Behaviour takes us to familiar Molly Keane territory – among the impoverished Anglo-Irish aristocracy . Good Behaviour is beautifully written, the relationships are wonderfully complex, particularly that of Aroon and her horrid mother.

Good Behaviour takes us to familiar Molly Keane territory – among the impoverished Anglo-Irish aristocracy of the 1920’s and 30’s. However the story starts many years later – as our narrator Aroon St. Charles is making lunch for her difficult, ageing mother, watched over by their cook/housekeeper Rose – with whom Aroon does not get on well. Some of the dialogue between them is wincingly sharp. Keane gives us a lovely little twist right at the end – but don’t worry Molly Keane is far too subtle to fall back on a conventional ending.

Published by Molly Keane in 1981, Good Behaviour tells a story of Irish society in the early twentieth century. Narrated by the daughter of the St. Charles family, Aroon, nothing is as it seems. A cold mother, a gay brother and a similarly inclined love interest all unseen or excused by the society focused upon good behaviour. The book was nominated for the Booker Prize and has been adapted for television and radio (1996).

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Behind the rich veneer of Temple Alice the aristocratic St Charles family keeps the realities of life at bay. Aroon, the unlovely daughter of the house, silently longs for love and approval, which are withheld from her by her icy mother. And though her handsome father is fond of her in his way, his passion is for the thrill of the chase – high-bred ladies and servants are equally fair game. Good Behaviour is Keane coming back, as if from the dead, with a novel much concerned with the infinitesimal calibrations of society and kin. The Anglo-Irish occupied a strange position in 1920s Ireland, the time in which the book is set.

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Miss Iris Aroon St. Charles's recollections of her shy, awkward youth among the elegant Irish country gentry early in the century gradually reveal a barbaric strain, a faint but insistent aroma of cruelty, and the ruling delusion of her life
Comments: (7)
This is a very well written book, a dark comedy of manners, which is narrated by a totally unreliable narrator, the almost delusional and pitiful Aroon St. Charles. It is Keane’s great strength that she can give us a tale told by a tall and heavy daughter of privilege which is completely misinterpreted by the narrator, Aroon, but is clear and sad to the reader. In the end, Aroon St. Charles wants what all humans want which is to love and be loved. Unfortunately, she has a mother that is cold as ice, a father that hunts and shoots six days a week and does not attend properly to the dwindling family fortune, and a handsome charming intelligent brother whose sexual orientation is obvious to every reader and yet is completely missed by Aroon. Yet, Aroon is not completely unaware. The chapter where she goes to the grand holiday party of wealthy neighbors demonstrates that Aroon can read many social cues quite well. There is a central significant tragedy and loss in the first half of the book that the reader will recognize as the most tragic loss of Aroon’s life. This loss is central to the trajectory of Aroon’s later life but somehow she never comes to grips with the gravity of this loss upon her family, a family with good behavior, and thus the inability to grieve. How does someone who is unattractive and is never nurtured by her parents make it through life? Keane portrays Aroon as taking every tiny bit of affection or regard and expanding it in her mind as meaningful. This romantic illusion keeps her going. Whereas this can be comic, it is dark comedy –carefully constructed and revealed bit by bit-but a tragedy none-the-less.
A brilliant portrayal of an aristocratic family living in Ireland who are down on their luck, and in complete denial of their situation.Although they are struggling to make ends meet and the bills are never paid, they continue to live the lives they are accustomed to with cooks and maidservants and the rest of the paraphernalia.
The subject matter has been written of many times but Molly Keane adds another dimension with her razor sharp writing and presentation of her characters. The mother, all too absorbed in "good behaviour" shows not an ounce of emotion and even in the face of terrible tragedy remains cool and distant. The father has much more warmth and understanding but his days are occupied with his hunting...... pheasants and foxes and women. Hubert is the good looking heir, whose intimate is his friend Richard with whom Aroon imagines a romantic bond of some sort. It is Aroon who relates the story and to whom all our feelings are directed. She is "a large girl...with enormous bosoms" and yearns for love and recognition. I felt deeply for Aroon. She is without guile and one must sympathise with her lot in life. Molly Keane creates a character in Aroon St. Charles who will be difficult to forget. I didn't find the book "sad" at all as some reviewers did...but I delighted in the characters and laughed out loud more than a few times.
I absolutely recommend this book to those who understand British humour and appreciate a story that is different and quirky.
The ending is WONDERFUL!
Truly wonderful. Molly Keane is a modern Jane Austen. Best book I've read in months, if not years.
Enjoyed the book thoroughly. Keane is a skillful writer who truly appreciates each of her characters, and has a way of finding outlandish images to convey the true experience of a moment, a mood, or an event.
What a gift this writer has for fiction! She produced this book much later in life, and it's a gem.
a rare and wonderful discovery - a bizarre and interesting novel