Good Behaviour

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Behind the gates of Temple Alice, the aristocratic Anglo-Irish St Charles family sinks into a state of decaying grace. To Aroon St Charles, the 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 desires. This elegant and allusive novel, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, ...
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Behind the gates of Temple Alice, the aristocratic Anglo-Irish St Charles family sinks into a state of decaying grace. To Aroon St Charles, the 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 desires. This elegant and allusive novel, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, established Molly Keane as the natural successor to Jean Rhys.
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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.
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"A remarkable novel, beautifully written, brilliant in its original idea and every page a pleasure to read. . . . a tour de force."  —P.D. James, author, Death Comes to Pemberley

"May well become a classic among English novels."  —New York Times

"A masterpiece . . . Molly Keane is a mistress of wicked comedy."  —Vogue UK 

"Keane renders a complex, shriveled and disturbing character with uncanny skill and nuance." — The Atlantic Monthly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860498343
  • Publisher: Virago Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/1901
  • Series: Modern Classics Series
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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