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Rumer Godden (1907–1998)

Forfatter af In This House of Brede

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Margaret Rumer Godden was born Dec. 10, 1907, in Sussex, England. She was nine months old when her family moved to India, where her father ran a shipping line. She returned to London at age 20 to learn how to teach dance to children, and opened a school back in India. Returning to England while she vis mere was pregnant, she wrote her first book, "Chinese Puzzle," published in 1936. Her marriage to a stockbroker, Laurence Sinclair Foster, ended in 1941, leaving her penniless. In an effort to pay off her former husband's debts, Godden moved her family into a mountain cottage where she ran a school, made herbal teas for sale, and wrote books. Another novel of India, "The River," published in 1949, was one of her most acclaimed books and was made into a film by Jean Renoir in 1951. She returned to England to stay in 1945. Rumer Godden was the author of more than 60 books, including novels, short story collections, poetry, plays and non-fiction. She published her 21st novel, "Cromartie vs. the God Shiva," in 1997. Rumer Godden died a year later on November 8, 1998, in Thornhill, Scotland, at the age of 90. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Please don't combine this author with her sister Jon Godden.


Værker af Rumer Godden

In This House of Brede (1969) 1,381 eksemplarer
The Story of Holly and Ivy (1958) 1,255 eksemplarer
The Greengage Summer (1958) 723 eksemplarer
An Episode of Sparrows (1955) 654 eksemplarer
The Dolls' House (1947) 640 eksemplarer
Sorte Lilje (1939) 548 eksemplarer
The Diddakoi (1972) 457 eksemplarer
Frøken Lykke og frøken Blomst (1961) 387 eksemplarer
Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy (1979) 386 eksemplarer
Kingfishers Catch Fire (1953) 331 eksemplarer
The Kitchen Madonna (1967) 325 eksemplarer
The Peacock Spring (1975) 322 eksemplarer
Two Under the Indian Sun (1966) 320 eksemplarer
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita (1963) 319 eksemplarer
Little Plum (1963) 313 eksemplarer
The River (1946) 296 eksemplarer
A Time to Dance, No Time to Weep (1987) 208 eksemplarer
Thursday's Children (1984) 202 eksemplarer
The Mousewife (1951) 196 eksemplarer
Mouse House (1957) 170 eksemplarer
Coromandel Sea Change (1991) 164 eksemplarer
A Candle for St. Jude (1948) 163 eksemplarer
A House with Four Rooms (1989) 148 eksemplarer
Breakfast with the Nikolides (1942) 137 eksemplarer
Listen to the Nightingale (1992) 136 eksemplarer
Take Three Tenses: A Fugue in Time (1945) 135 eksemplarer
Impunity Jane (1656) 133 eksemplarer
Cromartie vs the God Shiva (1997) 124 eksemplarer
Four Dolls (1983) 113 eksemplarer
A Breath of Air (1950) 110 eksemplarer
The Fairy Doll (1956) 109 eksemplarer
The Dragon of Og (1981) 108 eksemplarer
The Dark Horse (1981) 107 eksemplarer
The Rocking Horse Secret (1977) 106 eksemplarer
Pippa Passes (1994) 86 eksemplarer
Candy Floss (1960) 76 eksemplarer
The Lady and the Unicorn (1937) 75 eksemplarer
Home is the Sailor (1964) 64 eksemplarer
A Kindle of Kittens (1978) 62 eksemplarer
St. Jerome and the Lion (1961) 58 eksemplarer
Great Grandfather's House (1708) 57 eksemplarer
Fu-Dog (1989) 48 eksemplarer
Mr. McFadden's Hallowe'en (1975) 48 eksemplarer
Gulbadan (1980) 43 eksemplarer
Operation Sippacik (1664) 40 eksemplarer
Thus Far and No Further (1943) 38 eksemplarer
Candy Floss / Impunity Jane (1975) 37 eksemplarer
The River [1951 film] (1951) — Screenwriter/Original novel — 36 eksemplarer
Gypsy, Gypsy (1940) 36 eksemplarer
The Valiant Chatti-Maker (1777) 32 eksemplarer
Shiva's Pigeons (1972) 27 eksemplarer
The Raphael Bible (1732) 27 eksemplarer
Gone: a thread of stories (1940) 22 eksemplarer
Mouse Time: Two Stories (1984) 18 eksemplarer
Cockcrow to Starlight (1996) 14 eksemplarer
In Noah's Ark (1949) 13 eksemplarer
Swans and Turtles (1968) 12 eksemplarer
Indian Dust: Stories (1989) 7 eksemplarer
A pocket book of spiritual poems (1996) 6 eksemplarer
The Little Chair (1996) 5 eksemplarer
The Greengage Summer [1961 film] (1961) — Screenplay — 3 eksemplarer
Chinese Puzzle 3 eksemplarer
Il fiume (2012) 1 eksemplar
Choir and Prayers: 2 (1965) 1 eksemplar
Nella città una rosa (2020) 1 eksemplar
Round the Day (1966) 1 eksemplar
Premiēre 1 eksemplar
Porcelænshuset 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Little Bookroom (1955) — Efterskrift, nogle udgaver567 eksemplarer
Prayers from the Ark (1947) — Oversætter, nogle udgaver298 eksemplarer
Prayers from the Ark and The Creatures' Choir (1976) — Oversætter, nogle udgaver149 eksemplarer
Read With Me (1965) — Bidragyder — 128 eksemplarer
Reader's Digest Great Biographies 01 (1987) — Bidragyder — 119 eksemplarer
Black Narcissus [1947 film] (1947) — Original novel — 92 eksemplarer
The Creatures' Choir (1965) — Oversætter, nogle udgaver59 eksemplarer
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1968 v04 (1968) — Bidragyder — 47 eksemplarer
Great Tours and Detours: The Sophisticated Traveler Series (1985) — Bidragyder — 34 eksemplarer
Great short stories of the English-speaking world (1977) — Introduktion — 31 eksemplarer
The Best of Both Worlds: An Anthology of Stories for All Ages (1968) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer
Love Stories (1975) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer
Mrs. Manders' cook book (1968) — Redaktør — 16 eksemplarer
In This House of Brede [1975 film] (1975) — Original book — 15 eksemplarer
Great short stories of the english speaking world (volume 2) (1977) — Introduktion — 13 eksemplarer
Great Short Stories of the English Speaking World Volume One (1977) — Introduktion — 9 eksemplarer
The Real Thing: Seven Stories About Love (1979) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer
Four complete English novels (1960) 4 eksemplarer
Enchantment [1948 film] (1948) — Original book — 3 eksemplarer
Black Narcissus [2020 miniseries] — Original book — 2 eksemplarer
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita [1965 film] (1965) — Original book — 1 eksemplar

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Juridisk navn
Godden, Margaret Rumer
Rye, East Sussex, England, UK
Eastbourne, Sussex, England, UK
Moniaive, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, UK
Narayanganj, India (now Bangladesh)
Calcutta, India
Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK
Lamb House, Rye, East Sussex, England, UK
Eastbourne, Sussex, England, UK
London, England, UK (vis alle 7)
Kashmir, India
Moira House School, Eastbourne, Sussex, England, UK
privately educated
dance teacher
children's book author
Godden, Jon (sister)
Key, Thomas Hewitt (great-great-grandfather)
Roman Catholic Church
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Order of the British Empire (Officer, 1993)
Edith Haggard
Kort biografi
Rumer Godden wrote some 60 works, including novels, children's books, biographies, and poetry, a number of them drawing on her experiences of life growing up in British India and then working there as an adult. Her portrayals of the secret thoughts and confusions of childhood are especially noteworthy.
Oplysning om flertydighed

Please don't combine this author with her sister Jon Godden.



July Read: Rumer Godden i Virago Modern Classics (oktober 2017)
December 2011: Rumer Godden i Monthly Author Reads (februar 2012)


3.5 stars

The book follows Lise, as she falls in live with a pimp and begins to work for him, serves a prison sentence, and then joins a religious order.

The book also weaves in the stories of two girls that Lise more-or-less mentors.

There were a few instances where the sexual inferences were a little too detailed for my personal taste.

I think I would have preferred for the story to be told chronologically, instead of skipping around various timelines the way it did.

Overall, though, I enjoyed the book.
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RachelRachelRachel | 13 andre anmeldelser | Nov 21, 2023 |
This novel explores the daily lives of a group of nuns at a monastery. I really appreciated that Godden made her characters' personalities distinct, and didn't portray any of the nuns as free of flaws.

There were many aspects that were thought provoking to me, especially since I'm Protestant, not Catholic. There were definitely things I could relate to, but also beliefs and practices that make the Catholic Church seem more cultish than Christlike.

Story-wise, one of the "challenges" seemed overcome far too easily/conveniently, which was disappointing to me, as it was a great opportunity for character growth.

Also, though a minor issue, the pages allocated to each chapter are very uneven. The average number of pages in a chapter is 30, yet one chapter is 70 pages long! This makes it difficult for me to stay motivated, as I hate having to break in the middle of a chapter.
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RachelRachelRachel | 31 andre anmeldelser | Nov 21, 2023 |
“So beautiful I almost cried”

My 11 year old.
FamiliesUnitedLL | 5 andre anmeldelser | Nov 17, 2023 |
Kizzy Lovell, a young Romani girl, an outsider and an orphan, whose extended family doesn't want her after her grandmother dies, is taken in by other outsiders: Admiral Twiss, a man in a country house and the two men who work for him---considered an unacceptable guardian because he is a man---and Miss Brooke, an older unmarried newcomer.

It's nice that Mrs. Cuthbert, the bossy, obnoxious mother of a girl who is a bully is not as admired by the community as she thinks she should be. But perhaps it's a little too easy to see who the good guys are, although the children show that change and new understanding and acceptance is possible. Eventually everything works out nicely.

An interesting observation is made about different cultures: while Mrs. Cuthbert says the Romani are dirty and have no "table manners....'[s]ome gypsy children eat with their fingers and wipe them on their hair afterwards," Miss Brooke explains "A gypsy might refuse to have a cup of tea with you because he can't be sure of how well you wash your china. ... You might put your tea towels in the spin dryer with your bed-linen or underclothes." [pp, 67-68]
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raizel | 8 andre anmeldelser | Nov 10, 2023 |


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