Amazing Book, In This House Of Brede Author Rumer Godden This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book In This House Of Brede, Essay By Rumer Godden Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Re read 4 30 2015 Devastating every single time, and I hate when it s over, because I just want to read about these people forever Everybody should read it.This is quite a book What is so interesting and wonderful about In This House of Brede is that while it is in effect a novel about one woman s journey from successful career woman to Benedictine nun, Godden reveals to us the struggles and thoughts of a multitude of women As several of the nuns point out throughout the novel, it is so easy to forget that nuns are women first The monastery is a community of people, some of whom are witty, some of whom are kind and gentle, some of whom are elegant and beautiful But you forget that women who have chosen the contemplative life are in fact living a life And it was amazing to me how the time went by It took me a few days to read this book, but over ten years passed in the rich life of this monastery.I need to also note that this book brought me to tears several times One of the most powerful scenes I have ever read was the whole sequence of the electing of Abbess Catherine Ismay I found myself in tears when, overwhelmed, the new abbess collapsed into the arms of Sister Ellen, the claustral lay sister who was in charge of tending the abbess rooms And later, when Dame Philippa told the abbess and prioress about her son s death, twenty years earlier Devastating And then again, when Dame Maura confessed to the abbess that she was too fond of Cecily and had to go to Canada for five years Oh, and then when Dame Colette died so suddenly elegant Dame Colette It is a testament to Godden s talent that I felt so attached to these women whose lifestyle and beliefs are so disparate from mine Astonishing, beautiful, moving book.Upon re reading, 10 2013 I m not sure I have anything to add I had forgotten many of the plot specifics, so re reading was a real treat This book is a masterpiece It might be time for me to own a copy. I re read this book every year or so The opening scene where the highly successful businesswoman Philippa is giving away treasured possessions which she will no longer need at Brede abbey, draws you right into this story The community of Benedictine nuns are a fascinating bunch Flawed yet likeable, they all have their own stories and Godden doesn t underdevelop any of them I always felt this would make a sensational mini series The very good film starring the great Diana Rigg just can t match the richness of the novel This is a hard book to sell to non Catholics, or non religious for that matter That s a shame, because it has alot to offer based on the sheer ability of Godden to create memorable characters. This is an astonishingly good book I did not love the theme at all at first I wanted to scream at Philippa not to join a monastery It felt like the rest of the book could not possibly be interesting and yet, it was often quite exciting By page 200 I would call this a page turner, and yet why Only surprisingly wonderful writing My favorite part of this book was the grace shown to the failures of many of the women and how God worked all things together for good in realistic ways in each of their lives This book was a beautiful testimony of how grace works in all of our lives No, I do not want to join a monastery any now than when I started the book, but the life of faith rings true at Brede as well as in my own life among my own failings.I bought this book used in NJ at least 15 years ago and it has survived many, many purgings of my library and yet, I never found the gumption to read it The theme was off putting to me Finally, with so many good reviews from friends, I pulled it off the shelf by my treadmill where it had been calling my name every time I walked or ran Like Kristin Lavransdatter, some books must be read at the right moment in time My time had come to read this one, hence the 5 stars. Deserving than 5 Stars Last year, I saw that one of my Goodreads friend was reading this lengthy novel I went to Barnes and Noble and found it there But I didn t immediately open it as I thought I would It has sat on my shelf staring at me A few days ago, I pulled down In This House of Brede I knew I was ready to read it I had the queer feeling that I needed to read Brede Perhaps, I know deep down that my Aunt Eloise may not be in this world much longer and that I needed the comfort of reading something that I could be close to her in spirit My aunt is a nun She is not a cloistered nun as those in Brede, she belongs to the Order of Our Lady of Loretto, a teaching Order Aunt Eloise s dementia has reduced her once great mind to only God knows what She has become claustral within her own mind But who knew that a story about an Abbey full of nuns could be so interesting In This House of Brede has the love that a reader would expect Love of God love of and toward each sister or Dame as they called in the Benedictine Monastery Brede is in crisis The Abbess has died suddenly and the Abbey is on the brink of bankruptcy There is deception, betrayal, and thievery This is where the successful Philippa Talbot has come The situation seems to be just right for her to help solve Some of the nuns welcome her, while others question Philippa s vocation I did too I wasn t sure of her motive to become a Benedictine and wasn t sure if I really liked her And some of the nuns are very hard to like I feel guilty saying that I didn t like Dame Agnes or Dame Veronica Must be that old Catholic guilt I found the book beautiful, reminding me of the Liturgy and prayers from when I was a small child The life of a cloistered nun is difficult as the book describes We get to see some go through some inner struggles We get to see the politics of the Council as the yearly positions are selected We see each nun s strength and weakness I loved the Liturgical year within each calendar year at the Abbey I enjoyed the writing It is exquisite I know this little review hasn t said much about the plot I can t really get it down on paper Brede is just one of those books you have to read.
Margaret Rumer Godden was born in Sussex, but grew up in India, in Narayanganj Many of her 60 books are set in India Black Narcissus was made into a famous movie with Deborah Kerr in 1947.Godden wrote novels, poetry, plays, biographies, and books for children For information, see the official website
- 672 pages
- In This House of Brede
- Rumer Godden
- 12 October 2019 Rumer Godden