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Good Behavior
     

Good Behavior

by Molly Keane, Maggie O'Farrell (Introduction)
 

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

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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.

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From the Publisher
** 'An extraordinary tour de force—VOGUE ** ''A witty, black comedy of manners... a memorable novel by an Irish writer whose only equal is Elizabeth Bowen.?

EDNA O'BRIEN, OBSERVER ** 'May well become a classic among English novels—NEW YORK TIMES ** 'The very best of Anglo-Irish writing?

CLARE BOYLAN

BOOKSELLER ** 'A fine novel, wickedly alive—VICTORIA GLENDINNING, SUNDAY TIMES ** 'Enchanting?

Library Journal
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. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844087624
Publisher:
Virago UK
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Molly Keane was born in Co. Kildare, Ireland, in 1904 into a 'rather serious Hunting and Fishing Church-going family' who gave her little education at the hands of governesses. Molly Keane's interests when young were 'hunting and horses and having a good time'; she began writing only to supplement her dress allowance. She died in 1996.

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