Good Behaviour

Good Behaviour

Book - 2011
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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.

Publisher: London : Virago Press, 2011.
Edition: Hardback edition.
ISBN: 9781844087624
Characteristics: xi, 291 pages ; 21 cm


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Nov 07, 2013

With much sensuous detail--smells, as well as sights and sounds--Miss. Keane paints a vivid picture of the world of English living in Ireland in the early part of the 20th century. The Good Behaviour of the title is the all-important politeness and code of conduct that effectively suppressed any display of heart-felt feelings. Her naïve first-person narrator reveals to the reader more than she herself understands. A tragic story (laced with black humor) and a satisfying resolution.


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