books by Rumer Godden
Trans-Atlantic Publications, Inc.
In this brief book Godden captures the bittersweetness of a girl's approach toward womanhood, and tackles the biggest issues humans face - birth, death, identity, loss, and faith. With a concise, poetic hand, the author illuminates the spiritual and intellectual journey of a child who is beginning to piece together an understanding of the world around her, and to identify her place in it. The ...
NYR Children's Collection
A Hidden Story of Dorothy Wordsworth
A beloved treasure of early childhood, THE MOUSEWIFE has haunted me ever since I first read it. It is a deceptively simple tale of a house-bound mouse who befriends a caged dove. But the conversations between the two creatures and the juxtapositions of domestic tasks for the mouse with the longing for the wild of the dove takes on a touching comment on Romanticism. The idea for the story is to ...
PRAYERS FROM THE ARK & THE CREATURES CHOIR
Cartmen Bernos ( translated by Rumer Godden ) de Gasztold
-"The voices of animals raised to God in song"-
PRAYERS FROM THE ARK was written and published first, and the poems are in the form of prayers. THE CREATURES' CHOIR was written quite a few years later and these last poems are more like letters to God, where the animals refer to their daily problems. The author did not write sentimental verse. The poems of the animals seem to radiate with truth. I was first introduced to PRAYERS FROM THE ARK ...
An Episode of Sparrows (New York Review Children's Collection)
NYR Children's Collection
A gem of a book
This tiny little book is an absolute gem of simplicity, love and hope. A precociously aware, yet innocent little girl has been left with the owner of a struggling restuarant and his wife, to raise, by her mother, a woman on the fringes of show business, who cares for no one but herself. The child, Lovejoy, becomes obsessed with the idea of creating a garden in the ruins of a bombed out church, ...
In This House of Brede
When The World Is Too Much With You
I have given away every single copy of this book I have owned; usually to people who needed an emotional time out. It is a book of deep faith, abiding love for Christ, and how many women, with only those two characteristics in common, can actually live and work together. The idea that "we bring ourselves with us" to any organization is really food for thought. It is time to get another ...
Two Under the Indian Sun
, Rumer Godden
Beech Tree Books
Beautiful history through childs eyes...
I loved this book. Its written from the memories of the authors childhoods. Moving with their parents, aunt and younger sibling they tell of the experince of growing up in India during the 1910`s. It is written as a novel, but with a childlike understanding. In the preface the authors explain its written from their memories as children and therefore their understanding and interputation is as it ...
The Doll's House
Life, in miniature
This is THE definitive book about dolls in a dolls house. Most of the books that come after it are pale imitations by comparison. The children and dolls are sympathetically drawn characters, each with unique personalities. The main thing you will remember about this book is how the characters interact with each other, try to understand each other and care deeply for each other. When the evil ...
The Story of Holly and Ivy
The story of Holly and Ivy
I wish this was on DVD I first saw it on TV when I was very young and so had to uy the book. It is a delightful story of love, Christmas and the needs of orphans for Children very inspiring nad short the book is well made the pictures are great
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower
This book is still one of my favorites. I read it when I was 10 years old and in 5th grade. I fell in love with the idea of creating a home for my dolls, so I begged my dad to build me the same dollhouse, which he did. I spent many weeks searching for items to put in it, but I had some trouble finding things that looked Japanese. This book inspired me to learn more about other cultures and ...
Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy (Loyola Classics Series)
Rumer Godden - the novelist for thinking women of faith
I am not very good at writing "reviews" per se; I can only speak to my own opinions. Women novelists don't often appeal to me as most women are emotional and I'm more of a stoical woman. Being a Christian, I have never found a Christian novelist I could stomach ten pages of as they are often so chatty and so emotional. This story is different. Intellectual yet faith-driven... wonderful plot ...
The Fairy Doll
A wonderful book for children and adults.
My favorite children's book for forty years- out of print for a long time. Fairy Doll is a beautiful story about self-confidence and the "magic" of fairies. Buy this book!
Beautiful novella of place and culture clash
English and Irish nuns work to establish a convent in a disused palace, in a remote tea-growing area of India. Ancient debaucheries seem to echo in the carved hallways, and finally the sensuous and pagan spirit of the dwelling saps their strenuous ideals. Tragedy forces the mother superior faces up to her own character flaws and emerge a wiser person. Elegantly and sparsely written,with a ...
Prayers from the Ark (Picture Puffins)
Carmen Bernos De Gasztold
A GIFT TO ALL WHO LOVE GOD'S CREATURES
This is a wonderful collection of small poems. The various travelers on Noah's Ark each have a distinct prayer to God. The simplicity of these prayers ring with truth as they tell of the work and difficulties that the animals endure. The author must have had great insight to write such simple, but beautiful verse.
Prayers from the Ark
Carmen Bernos de Gasztold
This lovely book, in English translation, is a delightful resource for children and adults alike! Poetic spirituality at its winsome best.
In This House of Brede
Rumer Godden Signature Work
In This House of Brede is the book I return to anytime I feel conflict, confusion, or fear in my life. Its characters are so involving, plot so engrossing, I forget the turmoil of my own day and fall gently and completely into the life of a voyeuristic cloistered nun. I believe it is the dream of every Catholic girl.
The Greengage Summer
Macmillan Children's Books
Thrilling tale of love and crime in France
The Grey children are taken to France by their mother to visit the battlefields of WW1 in the hope that it will make them less selfish. However, she is taken ill as soon as they arrive at their destination, the hotel Les Oeillets, and the children find themselves bewildered and frightened in a strange land with a barely conscious mother. They are befriended by Eliot, a charming and enigmatic ...
The Kitchen Madonna
My favorite book...
Let me put it to you this way...I am considering buying this book for $45 and I am a poor college student. The most touching story of childhood generosity ever.
A House With Four Rooms
The treasure of Miss Godden's life is in this memoir.
"A House With Four Rooms," the second and last volume of Rumer Godden's memoirs, is one of the most treasured volumes in my library. Miss Godden writes with a terrible beauty of her life on returning to England, a divorcee with two little girls, her obstinate and ultimately successful struggle to earn a living solely by writing, her second marriage, her conversion to Catholicism, the years ...
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