Good Behaviour - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Good Behaviour - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 15/12/2005
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Elegant and hugely entertaining, Good Behaviour is an enchanting portrayal of the discovery of freedom and loss of innocence. Told through a narrator initially entrapped in her inherited codes of conduct, this sparklingly witty black comedy of manners establishes Keane’s position as an exquisite satirist and connoisseur of human nature.

I do know how to behave - believe me, because I know. I have always known...'

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 behaviour. But crumbling codes of conduct cannot hope to save the members of the St Charles family from their own unruly and inadmissible desires. This elegant and allusive novel established Molly Keane as the natural successor to Jean Rhys.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844083244
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 192 x 124 x 24 mm


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'I really wish I had written this book. It's a tragi-comedy set in Ireland after the First World War. A real work of craftsmanship, where the heroine is also the narrator, yet has no idea what is going on. You read it with mounting horror and hilarity as you begin to grasp her delusion.' - Hilary Mantel 

'I have read and re-read Molly Keane more, I think, than any other writer. Nobody else can touch her as a satirist, tragedian, and dissector of human behaviour. I love all her books, but Good Behaviour and Loving and Giving are the ones I return to most.' - Maggie O'Farrell 

'An extraordinary tour de force of fictional presentation... a masterpiece... a technically remarkable work, as sharp as a blade... Molly Keane is a mistress of wicked comedy.' - Vogue

'A witty, black comedy of manners, Good Behaviour is a memorable novel by an Irish writer whose only equal is Elizabeth Bowen.' - Bookseller 

'A fine novel, wickedly alive.' - Victoria Glendinning, Sunday Times

'Enchanting.' - Edna O'Brien, Observer

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“pitch black comedy”

Molly Keane was a wonderful writer, elegant, intelligent and precise. She paints a complete and complex picture of a family, their friends and lovers and a world so brilliantly it's suprising this book isn't... More

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“Weirdly wonderful horror story of human behaviour.”

A good read.
If as a reader, you need to like the main protagonist in what you're reading, this ain't the book for you. If you need, at least, someone in the book to like and see them win through during the... More

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