Two Days in Aragon



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Molly Keane 20 July 1904 22 April 1996 was an Irish novelist and playwright born Mary Nesta Skrine in Ryston Cottage, Newbridge, County Kildare She grew up at Ballyrankin in County Wexford and was educated at a boarding school in Bray, County Wicklow She married Bobby Keane, one of a Waterford squirearchical family in 1938 and had two daughters She used her married name for her later nove

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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Two Days in Aragon
  • Molly Keane
  • English
  • 13 November 2018
  • 9781844081998

10 thoughts on “Two Days in Aragon

  1. Maggie says:

    After reading this book, I think I can fairly say this book is poorly served by its packaging, both physical and cultural I picked it up in a used bookstore, unimpressed by the staid cover art but interested in reading something by an Irish novelist, particularly an Irish woman In the first few chapters, I picked up on what I thought was an Austen like treatment of the last days of the Anglo Irish nobility in Ireland Perhaps that would make for a compelling novel, but, upon further reading, you ll see that s not what this novel is.Keane deftly exposes the inner workings of the people who live in and off of the Aragon estate, allowing each character to inhabit very human, inevitably contradicting sets of traits The sluttish younger daughter of the Fox family is silly, caring, and self aware all at once Her elder sister, for most of the book a tidy, pragmatic, and annoyingly astute thing, in the end has her own moment of impulsiveness As for Nan, the bastard daughter of Aragon who has over decades insinuated herself into every aspect of the running of the household, her assiduous competence seems to pull all but one skeptic into orbit around her The reader is tempted to fall in line But Keane won t stand for an uncomplicated hero Nan s abuse of one member of the Fox family is all the keenly felt for her apparent obliviousness to it.Had Two Days of Aragon spent, as the title and opening chapters suggest, t...

  2. Adelaide Mcginnity says:

    A few excellently rendered characters in particular Nan and an exquisite setting cannot save this book from its major, damning flaws The prose is way too literary for its own good The plot is very predictable, particularly for someone who has read Rebecca whose ending this book rather shamelessly steals But perhaps the most egregious flaw is Foley s timeline By the book s own internal logic, Foley cannot be older than 17, which makes him a year younger than Grania and only a year older than Dottie who supposedly looked ...

  3. Carrie says:

    Compelling novel written in 1941 but set in 1920 concerning two intense days at an Anglo Irish estate Think Downton Abbey with gutsy realism, including the IRA Excellent read My copy is a 1985 reissue by Vira...

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