In This House of Brede
“A novel of sensitive dedication.” —The Atlantic Monthly“Rumer Godden deals precisely with the theme of the religious life . . . as representing ‘the heart of holiness of the Church.’ It is at once a life of great peace and often equally intense struggle.” —America magazineThis extraordinarily... show more
“A novel of sensitive dedication.” —The Atlantic Monthly“Rumer Godden deals precisely with the theme of the religious life . . . as representing ‘the heart of holiness of the Church.’ It is at once a life of great peace and often equally intense struggle.” —America magazineThis extraordinarily sensitive and insightful portrait of religious life centers on Philippa Talbot, a highly successful professional woman who leaves her life among the London elite to join a cloistered Benedictine community. In this gripping narrative of the crises surrounding the ancient Brede abbey, Rumer Godden penetrates to the mysterious, inner heart of a religious community—a place of complexity and conflict, as well as joy and love. It is a place where Philippa, to her own surprise and her friends’ astonishment, finds her life by losing it.
Publish date: February 1st 2005
Publisher: Loyola Classics
Pages no: 672
Edition language: English
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One of my favourite reads, about a modern day business woman, Philippa, who goes into a cloistered Benedictine monastery as a nun. Quite a story, beautifully written, and very different than what you would expect. Five stars.For the longer review, please go here:http://www.epinions.com/content_33024...
Not my usual read but I do remember seeing the film:I have read Black Narcissus to a 3* and have China Court in the audio library to visit at some point.Nothing wrong with the writing, it's just I don't get the premise. Copping out of life and a wedding vow, not to mention abandoning a spaniel, just...
This is, in my opinion, a most enchanting book. It is the story of a number of years in the life of Brede Abbey, a fictional English Catholic woman’s monastery, and the nuns who live there. The book opens very simply with Penny Stevens, the juniorest typist in a government office run by a Mrs. Phili...