Taking Chances

Taking Chances❮Read❯ ➵ Taking Chances Author Molly Keane – Heartforum.co.uk A classic Molly Keane title describes the unsettling arrival of Mary, a bridesmaid, a week before the wedding Introduction by Polly Devlin A classic Molly Keane title describes the unsettling arrival of Mary, a bridesmaid, a week before the wedding Introduction by Polly Devlin.

Molly Keane July April 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 and had two daughters She used her married name for her later novels, several of which Good Behaviour, Time After Time have been adapted for television Between and , she wrote novels, and some of her earlier plays, under the pseudonym MJ Farrell Molly was a member of Aosd na Her husband died suddenly in , and following the failure of a play she published nothing for twenty years In Good Behaviour came out under her own name the manuscript, which had languished in a drawer for many years, was lent to a visitor, the actress Peggy Ashcroft, who encouraged Keane to publish it The novel was warmly received and was short listed for the Man Booker PrizeAfter the death of her husband, Molly Keane moved to Ard, County Waterford, a place she knew well, and lived there with her two daughters, Sally and Virginia, until she died in She is buried beside the Church of Ireland church, almost in the centre of the village from Wikipedia.

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  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Taking Chances
  • Molly Keane
  • 26 September 2019
  • 1844084000

10 thoughts on “Taking Chances

  1. Ali says:

    It seems as if Molly Keane s novels all follow similar themes the dubious fortunes of a large Irish estate, the complexities of the family relationships of its inhabitants, some hunting and fishing thrown in That at least is what I have been given to understand, this being only the third Molly Keane novel I have read In Taking Chances, the estate is Sorristown, the family in question Roguery, Maeve and Jer, who since the death of their parents have lived together quite happily, hunting and f It seems as if Molly Keane s novels all follow similar themes the dubious fortunes of a large Irish estate, the complexities of the family relationships of its inhabitants, some hunting and fishing thrown in That at least is what I have been given to understand, this being only the third Molly Keane novel I have read In Taking Chances, the estate is Sorristown, the family in question Roguery, Maeve and Jer, who since the death of their parents have lived together quite happily, hunting and fishing and caring for the family home There are also a couple of peculiar Aunts who pop up from time to time A host of dogs, horses and faceless servants help to set the tone of this novel about Anglo Irish aristocracy, and their easy existence, which is taken so much for granted As the novel opens, Maeve is preparing for her wedding to Rowley, another local aristocrat, an event destined to change the comfortable domestic arrangements that the siblings have got used to Jer the youngest, is devoted to Maeve who in turn favours her elder brother Roguery, Roguery Sir Ralph quite obviously loves himself best of all Thus the scene is set for the upset that only an outsider can bring Days before Maeve s wedding, her bridesmaid Mary Fuller arrives Rather beautiful, unconventional and slightly pagan Mary immediately fascinates Rowley, to whom she too feels inevitably drawn Little do either realise what their initial meeting will lead to She was exciting Things, one felt would happen round her Like the lady who rode to Banbury Cross rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, Mary was a factor for disturbance She was, Rowley felt sure, a person to be distinctly loved or disliked, never a person to be just tolerated Naturally Maeve and Rowley s wedding goes ahead, however Rowley s feelings have been turned on their head in just a few days, and Mary is quite used to getting what she wants The consequences of Mary and Rowley s dalliance are of course far reaching Watching from the side lines the slightly malevolent Aunt Edythe, and poor stuttering Jer seem only too aware of what has been going on However Jer is just as devoted to Mary as he is to his sister, aware of how Mary is likely to hurt herself most of all Those who suffered because of her might think of Mary that she hurt others, herself she could hurt but Jer, knowing her better knew she hurt herself perhaps most deeply Taking Chances beautifully captures the times and the class of people that Molly Keane herself hailed from Full of both humour and atmosphere, Molly Keane s world is one I enjoy spending time in The Irish mists raise up around the reader, and one can almost hear the thud of horse s hooves giving chase to a poor fox, hounds barking excitedly Taking Chances is a romance, and it is also the story of desperate chances taken in the pursuit of happiness, the allegiances between people impacting on the outcome of those chances

  2. Mary Durrant says:

    I loved it A book of it s time of house parties and grand estates.Will be looking out forof her wonderful books

  3. Loretta Malakie says:

    Not her absolute best, but still GRAND Posh star crossed lovers, lots of hunting and beautiful passages of description As always, set against a historical backdrop of unspoken decline.

  4. Sophie says:

    This is the second book written by Molly Keane I ve read, and I really liked it.I like the way the writer introduces the readers to the main characters at the beginning of her novel Maeve, blond, beautiful and sure of her love for her fianc Rowley, her two brother, Roguey, whom she love without seeing his many faults boring,spendthrift, knocking up a poor country girl and Jer, her younger brother who is the most sensible and clever of the family, but widely shrugged off.And then Rowley, the This is the second book written by Molly Keane I ve read, and I really liked it.I like the way the writer introduces the readers to the main characters at the beginning of her novel Maeve, blond, beautiful and sure of her love for her fianc Rowley, her two brother, Roguey, whom she love without seeing his many faults boring,spendthrift, knocking up a poor country girl and Jer, her younger brother who is the most sensible and clever of the family, but widely shrugged off.And then Rowley, the fianc , and above all Mary, the young bridesmaid who comes to the three sibling s home to attend the wedding.Both the groom to be and Maeve s brother fell in love with Mary.And then, chaos arrived.Mary is the most interesting character She is extremely beautiful, acts as if she was free, funny and frivolous, whereas she is mainly ruined and must marry well.And only Jer understands itRowley do get married to Maeve as predicted, even if he is in love with Mary, so Mary must chooseThey are quite a lot of memorable chapters and events in this book the fox s hunt with all the characters, the brief passion between Rowley and Mary, the sadness of Maeve when she realizes, far too late, that she is not loved by her husband etc..The utter blindness of Maeve and Roguey toward Mary and Rowley is well written.I didn t expect the ending.The only irritating thing is the name of the characters.It can t be unintentional that the two girls s names and the man s names are so similar.I find the choosing of the names Rowley and Roguey very tiresome, and quite childish from the author

  5. Julie Christine says:

    This is an astonishing little novel published in 1929 about the upper crust of Irish society It was written by a young woman who was a part of this world she writes openly, unflinchingly and without irony These are ruthless, self absorbed, sinister, impossibly wealthy and maddeningly idle people The characters, settings and dialogue are so vivid, you can almost hear the author s pen scratching as she scribbled notes on paper hidden in the folds of her evening gown while her family and guests This is an astonishing little novel published in 1929 about the upper crust of Irish society It was written by a young woman who was a part of this world she writes openly, unflinchingly and without irony These are ruthless, self absorbed, sinister, impossibly wealthy and maddeningly idle people The characters, settings and dialogue are so vivid, you can almost hear the author s pen scratching as she scribbled notes on paper hidden in the folds of her evening gown while her family and guests sipped GTs in the drawing room before the maid announced dinner

  6. Lili Kathey says:

    I read up until page 91 of this Honestly, I liked it, and the scenery, and wow was I curious as to what s going to happen in the end but the pace of it was SO SLOW The environment Interesting The plot Readable The society Fab The characters Deep The pace UGH NO.

  7. Brian says:

    Good information about fox hunting in 1920 s Ireland The rest of the book was poor like watching a slow motion train wreck.

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