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
Wow. What did I just read? This book has been around for many years…where was I? Under a rock? The book was shortlisted for the 1981 Booker Prize which was eventually won by Salman Rushdie with “Midnight’s Children”. Others on shortlist were Ian McEwan (The Comfort of Strangers) and Doris Lessing (T Leggi tutto
Molly Keane had two careers as a writer. She took up writing out of sheer boredom at seventeen when she was confined to bed with an illness in the early 1920s. She wrote as M J Farrell, a name she had seen over a pub door. She wanted to keep her writing secret as it would have been disapproved of in 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
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
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
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
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
It's not you, Molly, it's me. You write brilliantly and you know humans all too well. It's just that very few things frustrate me as much as people who deliberately delude themselves, so I just couldn't stand Aroon. I know, it's all bleak humor, but I mostly found it just bleak, without anything to
I shall be careful when referring to "warming feet"....... hate to get that mis-interpreted:)
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