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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (15 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844083241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844083244
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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*A brilliant comic novel about Anglo-Ireland that was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
*'A mistress of wicked comedy' MALCOLM BRADBURY, VOGUE

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This blackest of black comedies ranks alongside Ford's 'The Good Soldier' as a merciless portrait of the emotionally repressed landed gentry in the early part of the twentieth century. Its naive narrator, Aroon, recalls a life straitjacketed by 'good behaviour' - that code of manners peculiar to her class - and it is left to the reader to see through her blind misinterpretation of events and piece together a story of tragic self-delusion. It is all done flawlessly with wit and panache and the lightest touch, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
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This beautifully written book evokes a sense of time and place -but nothing is what it seems. From the children's nanny's flirtation with the master of the house, to the secret "love that dare not speak it's name" between the narrator's brother and the handsome schoolfriend - there are subdued and dangerous secrets. Layer upon layer of scandalous behaviour is unravelled, softly, cleverly and always subtle - good behaviour is a theme that the characters in this book certainly never adhere to! It's truly wonderful!
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A multilayered portrait of a young girl coming of age. Nothing is as it seems - a mother who is anything but motherly, a brother who is gay, the brother's friend whom the main character Aroon St Charles believes loves her, runs off with a school chum. All these set backs for Aroon are deftly or naively excused under the guise of "Good Behaviour" It's only when the family home is left to Aroon by her father does she feel redeemed in any way. A simple story, however each time I read it I find more about the characters. Perhaps the best example of characterisation I have ever read, and as a social history of the landed class in Ireland - unsurpassable!
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Aroon St Charles, aged 57, tells us of the first thirty years or so of her life. She was born before the first World War into an Anglo-Irish Protestant landed family living near Limerick. She had a cold, unkind, selfish and unresponsive mother. Her father was inarticulately fond of his daughter, but his life was otherwise wrapped up with horses and dogs, even when, later, he lost one leg in the war. As a child Aroon (a surprisingly unconventional name for such a convention-bound family) loved Mrs Brock, the governess, a lovely character who had come to teach her and her younger brother Hubert. She had previously worked for the Massingham family, friends of the St Charles family, and the children are fascinated by the stories she told of the Massinghams, whose three boys - Richard, Sholto and Raymond - Mrs Brock had tutored previously. She had loved it there, but had had to leave them because her philistine employers thought she was making the boys sensitive to poetry instead of taking a manly interest in horses and other vigorous pursuits. For the first sixty pages she dominates the book, so that we think she will be its central character. She won't be - though memories of turn up occasionally to haunt her former charges. Instead, the tougher character of Rose, the cook, will play an increasingly important part.

Aroon and Hubert grow up, best friends: he good-looking, she too tall for most men; but he makes sure she is part of the social life of the country gentry centred around Horse Show balls. The Massingham-St Charles family friendship is carried on into the next generation, when Richard Massingham, as glamorous as Hubert, becomes the latter's most intimate friend.
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'Good Behaviour' is my favourite Molly Keane book. Keane wrote under her own name, and, earlier as M J Farrell. She paints a picture of a life now disappeared - that of Anglo-Irish gentry, living their lives of fading and often-impoverished splendour, while all around them people they regarded as peasants were starting to dislike them and what they stood for. This story has an unreliable narrator: lumpen, overweight and ignorant Aroon, uncomprehending daughter of an elegant and heartless beauty. Aroon fails to understand how love works in her society, and constantly misunderstands the signals by which she is surrounded. Her mother is so finely and delicately drawn, despite being seen through Aroon's confused eyes. Mummie, insisting always on 'good behaviour', flits like a butterfly dispensing cruelty wherever she goes; the target being mostly Aroon. The ending is a triumph which it would be improper to reveal here. This Virago Modern Classics hardback edition has a wonderfully-illustrated cover which you will see is most entirely appropriate. This is a wonderful book: fine content in a beautiful and tactile edition. Buy it. Enjoy it !
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I was absolutely furious that the intro preface gave so much away. What a stupid thing to do without warning the new reader. It almost put me off entirely but I'm glad I decided to continue. This must be the best example of self delusion in a character I've ever read. Fascinating. And so well done, for the reader to be able to so well read between the lines to the real facts.
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What a gorgeous book, and anything but a simple story. The book is full of sexual liaisons: the governess, the maid, the brother, the friend, the sisters, and particularly the father; but little real love. All bad behaviour is smothered with an outward mask of good behaviour, which becomes their downfall.
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