I St Charles, famiglia angloirlandese decaduta, vivono tra lusso e disagi, rifiutandosi di venire a patti con la realtà che scorre fuori dai cancelli di Temple Alice, la loro grande dimora. Aroon, la figlia brutta, troppo alta e troppo grassa, sembra a sua volta non avere i mezzi per capire chi le sta intorno, e nella sua infinita ricerca d'amore cade miseramente in tutti i possibili equivoci. I ricordi del passato di Aroon ci offrono squarci in un mondo strano ed ermetico. I ragazzi vengono picchiati se scoperti a leggere poesia, i droghieri vengono chiamati "furfanti" perché mandano il conto, ai cani viene dato da mangiare pollo, affettuosamente disossato, mentre la servitù mangia amido di patate per tenere lontana la fame. Il modo giusto per comportarsi in questi frangenti è utilizzare un silenzio selettivo: Papà ha delle relazioni con le domestiche sotto gli occhi di Mammina ma non si dice niente; una governante adorata si suicida ma non si dice niente; un figlio muore in un incidente ma non si dice niente. Queste sono le buone maniere, così è come ci si deve comportare.
- ISBN: 8898713231
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 288
She must have noticed my bosoms, swinging like jelly bags, bouncing from side to side; without words she conveyed the impression of what she had seen as unseemly- the Fat Lady in the peepshow. Aroon St Charles topsy-turvies the pedestal biosphere that doesn't leave the suffocating family life. Oops, Leggi tutto
Another Anglo-Irish family whose members are dedicated to mutual assured destruction, even as they slide into genteel poverty. Nobody in the St Charles household would dream of treating the dogs or horses badly; servants and local tradesmen don't fare so well. But the brunt of their vituperation is
The St Charles family are hit by hard and changing times in 1920's Ireland. These are the dying days of Anglo-Irish aristocracy where appearances must be preserved and emotions muted and controlled. Events are narrated through the eyes of a child, Aroon St Charles, revealing subtle details which are Leggi tutto
"Good Behaviour" is an exquisite read. Aroon St Charles is a daughter of Irish upper class family, a "Big House" family in the country. She narrates the going on's of her life and boy, is it vile. The book is most often described as a dark comedy and it is indeed very funny at times but mostly it ma Leggi tutto
4.5* Aroon St. Charles is an unlovely character but pitiable in her naiveté (or was it willful ignorance?). As she narrates the tale of her life, imagining herself to be, if not the heroine, the sympathetic protagonist, what clearly comes across to the reader is a different picture than she desires. Leggi tutto
Love, love, loved this book. Beautiful writing, sad story, great characters. Oh, just go and read it. The only thing I found odd was that Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift which I read last year, was so very similar, so similar that I'm surprised no one has pointed this out. Same time period, and sim Leggi tutto
I shall be careful when referring to "warming feet"....... hate to get that mis-interpreted:)
The protagonist of Good Behaviour is Iris Aroon St Charles, daughter of an aristocratic Anglo-Irish family, who grows up with her brother Hubert in ‘Temple Alice’ one of the ‘Big Houses’, built by an ancestor as his temporary residence until inheriting his titles and estates. Now the title extinct an Leggi tutto
Muy divertida, me ha sentado bien
I started this book without knowing what it was about, and very little commitment to read it because of the cover: a painting by Meredith Frampton, Portrait of a young Woman - The woman in the portrait looks pinched, scornful, stuck. Anyway, I opened this book anyway, because I was on vacation abroad Leggi tutto
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