In 1904, when Nicandra is eight, all is well in the grand Irish estate, Deer Forest. Maman is beautiful and adored. Dada, silent and small, mooches contendedly around the stables. Aunt Tossie, of the giant heart and bosom, is widowed but looks splendid in weeds. The butler, the groom, the landsteward, the maids, the men — each has a place and knows it. Then, astonishingly,In 1904, when Nicandra is eight, all is well in the grand Irish estate, Deer Forest. Maman is beautiful and adored. Dada, silent and small, mooches contendedly around the stables. Aunt Tossie, of the giant heart and bosom, is widowed but looks splendid in weeds. The butler, the groom, the landsteward, the maids, the men — each has a place and knows it. Then, astonishingly, the perfect surface is shattered; Maman does something too dreadful ever to be spoken of."What next? Who to love?" asks Nicandra. And through her growing up and marriage her answer is to swamp those around her with kindness — while gradually the great house crumbles under a weight of manners and misunderstanding....
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loving and giving vmc Reviews
This book gained my interest due to seeing several references to Keane as an influential writer beginning in the early part of the 20th century -- a period I love to learn more about. Loving and Giving was actually published in 1988, more toward the end of this Irish novelist's long career. The story begins during the childhood of Nicandra in 1914. Her family life is an odd mix of concerned, crass, and flighty family members living off old money and horseracing. Entering adulthood, the troubles continue for Nicandra as she faces the reality of her marriage and the decline of her family. There are a few characters who enter the story, but there just seems a disconnect in really bringing them smoothly into the plot. This story is a hard one to describe. It turns toward twisted fate for its outcome almost before you feel you have a handle on things to begin with. I am curious about the style of her other novels. This is an odd book and I am unable to group it within anything I have read before. Funny that I saw a comparison to Jane Austen in some of the editorial reviews listed by the bookseller. I really find no similarities with Austen -- I just don't see a solid enough story or characters to even begin that kind of comparison.Not recommended.
Goodreads posted I had finished this when I had not! Still says currently reading on the site! Loving the book, but Christmas duties are holding me back! Now finished, and going to hand on to my daughter who might like it. She is not a reader, but it might interest / entice her! Her own daughter loves to please/help other people like Nico.
Nicandra wants to please. As a small girl she doesn't realise the consequences of her actions. As a young woman she surely must but convinces herself of the rightness of her approach. Her one cruel, childish act comes back to haunt her, providing a surprising end to this richly dark comedy. Action takes place in a crumbling family home in Ireland in the early 1900s. The gardual decline of the house is matched by changes in the family and social structures. There are layers to the book, and the author cleverly slips in references from time to time which reveal quite another side to things. A good read.
Complex and dark. Probably worth another read. Occasionally found I had to read a sentence more than once before the full meaning hit me. Houses, animals, people and places are all characters in the book. The nature of loving and giving and how it shapes the characters' lives seems to be the central theme of the novel. How love limits and oppresses the givers and takers of love in this book is illuminated in the day to day activities of the characters and I found the world Molly Keane created rich and memorable.The book was a page turner for me.
Molly Keane spent many years writing ripping yarns about displaced Irish socialites and fox hunting, or so it seems if you raid her back-catalogue. But the novels she wrote in later life, like Loving and Giving, and razor-sharp, compassionate deconstructions of families and relationships. Always sparklingly witty but this one is coloured through regret, hope, despair and honesty.
Once again a Keane novel has shocked and surprised me. I didn't see this ending coming at all. As usual, the characters are more than a little off and some are down right disturbing, but Keane writes will a wit and style that makes the characters' peculiarities seem almost commonplace.
Saw this one in O Magazine.
Finished in a bit of a flurry. Had the feeling no decision had been made about genre
B+ At first I couldn't get into this but then, got into it. Hated her husband; fascinating.
Well written. clever but a bit depressing.