Every once in a while I stumble across a treasure: a book written in fairly recent years that holds all the style and charm of a book written long ago. This happened recently when I inadvertently came across Good Behaviour by Molly Keane (a Virago Modern Classic) while shopping at Book Depository.
It was short, sweet, and brilliant in many ways. Published in 1981, but set in the decaying aristocracy of an Anglo-Irish family in the 1920s[ish], this book had that perfect combination of melancholy and wit that I've come to appreciate in Irish literature.
It was a wonderfully vivid story. Plus, the cover art is terrific, am I right? Our main character, Aroon St. Charles, doesn't know half of what you, as the reader, will catch on to, which is both terribly intriguing and terribly sad. You see, Aroon isn't the most attractive or astute character you'll meet, though through her you will discover a vivid, distinguished world that she wishes she belongs in...and there is humor to boot (what more could I ask for?)
So, you veterans of Virago, tell me:
- what you love about Virago
- why I should read more
- whether this book is characteristic of what I can hope to expect
- where I go next!