33. Good Behaviour - Molly Keane... Play.com and the back of the book says: '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. This elegant and allusive novel established Molly Keane as the natural successor to Jean Rhys.
This was a wonderful book, a really really good and really really amazing read. It perfectly captured the age it was set in and what went on in that kind of social class, and the degradation of that class. it was very easy to read as well...i've been meaning to read this sice i was about 17 and am really glad i did, it was very like the style of evelyn waugh by different...wonderful, would definately recommend it... not sure what to read next... will have to go home and look at my enormous pile of books which never seems to actually shrink!!
I know that The Once and Future King was last month's book, but I only just finished it. I chose to readThe Once and Future King by T.H. White and The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley at the same time, because I wanted to be able to compare the male and female point of views of the King Aurther legend that each represents.