Loving and Giving

Loving and Giving

by Molly Keane
     
 

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In 1914, when Nicandra is eight, all is well in the grand Irish estate of Deer Forest. Maman is beautiful and adored. Dada, silent and small, mooches contendedly around the stables. Aunt Tossie, of the giant heart and bosom, is widowed but looks splendid in weeds. The butler, the groom, the landsteward, the maids, the men—each has a place and knows it.

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In 1914, when Nicandra is eight, all is well in the grand Irish estate of Deer Forest. Maman is beautiful and adored. Dada, silent and small, mooches contendedly around the stables. Aunt Tossie, of the giant heart and bosom, is widowed but looks splendid in weeds. The butler, the groom, the landsteward, the maids, the men—each has a place and knows it. Then, astonishingly, the perfect surface is shattered: Maman does something too dreadful ever to be spoken of. "What next? Who to love?" asks Nicaranda. And through her growing up and marriage her answer is to swamp those around her with kindness—while gradually the great house crumbles under a weight of manners and misunderstanding.

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"[A] stylish, incisive novel."  —O the Oprah Magazine

"Molly Keane is astonishing . . . perhaps her richest work yet, an exquisitely written black comedy with a shock ending. The language is eloquent and original, the descriptions divine."  —The Guardian

"An even finer achievement than her earlier mordant masterpiece, Good Behaviour."  —Sunday Times

"She is akin to Jane Austen in her feeling for the minutiae of human behaviour."  —Polly Devlin, author, All of Us There

"Take any book by Molly Keane and I guarantee you will be delighted, warmed and sustained with pleasure . . . A born writer."  —Dirk Bogarde, actor and author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844083251
Publisher:
Virago UK
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Series:
Virago Modern Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,492,590
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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