Good Behaviour

Keane, Molly

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Good Behaviour
"Behind the gates of Temple Alice the aristocratic Anglo-Irish St Charles family sinks into a state of decaying grace. To Aroon St Charles, large and unlovely daughter of the house, the fierce forces of sex, money, jealousy, and love seem locked out by the ritual patterns of good behavior. But crumbling codes of conduct cannot hope to save the members of the St Charles family from their own unruly and inadmissible

Publisher: London : Virago, 2011
ISBN: 184408762X
Branch Call Number: FICTION KEANE 2011
Characteristics: xi, 291 p. ;,21 cm


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Molly Keane (M.J. Farrell) is known for her Anglo-Irish dramas and this one is no different.

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Nov 07, 2013
  • brava313 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

With much sensuous detail--smells, as well as sights and sounds--Miss. Keane paints a vivid picture of the world of English living in Ireland in the early part of the 20th century. The Good Behaviour of the title is the all-important politeness and code of conduct that effectively suppressed any display of heart-felt feelings. Her naïve first-person narrator reveals to the reader more than she herself understands. A tragic story (laced with black humor) and a satisfying resolution.


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