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Rumer Godden (1907–1998)

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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 näytä lisää 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) näytä vähemmän

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

Image credit: Courtesy of Jane Murray Flutter.


Tekijän teokset

In This House of Brede (1969) 1,428 kappaletta
The Story of Holly and Ivy (1958) 1,348 kappaletta
The Greengage Summer (1958) 743 kappaletta
An Episode of Sparrows (1955) 680 kappaletta
The Dolls' House (1947) 658 kappaletta
Black Narcissus (1939) 574 kappaletta
The Diddakoi (1972) 468 kappaletta
PÄIVÄN HETKET (1960) 467 kappaletta
Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy (1979) 401 kappaletta
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower (1961) 396 kappaletta
The Kitchen Madonna (1967) 348 kappaletta
Kingfishers Catch Fire (1953) 340 kappaletta
The Peacock Spring (1975) 332 kappaletta
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita (1963) 331 kappaletta
Two Under the Indian Sun (1966) 331 kappaletta
Little Plum (1963) 322 kappaletta
The River (1946) 306 kappaletta
The Mousewife (1951) 212 kappaletta
A Time to Dance, No Time to Weep (1987) 211 kappaletta
Thursday's Children (1984) 209 kappaletta
Mouse House (1957) 179 kappaletta
Coromandel Sea Change (1991) 170 kappaletta
A Candle for St. Jude (1948) 166 kappaletta
A House with Four Rooms (1989) 156 kappaletta
Listen to the Nightingale (1992) 142 kappaletta
Take Three Tenses: A Fugue in Time (1945) 140 kappaletta
Breakfast with the Nikolides (1942) 140 kappaletta
Impunity Jane (1954) 137 kappaletta
Cromartie vs the God Shiva (1997) 126 kappaletta
Four Dolls (1983) 119 kappaletta
A Breath of Air (1950) 114 kappaletta
The Dark Horse (1981) 112 kappaletta
The Dragon of Og (1981) 112 kappaletta
The Fairy Doll (1956) 111 kappaletta
The Rocking Horse Secret (1977) 108 kappaletta
Pippa Passes (1994) 86 kappaletta
Candy Floss (1960) 81 kappaletta
The Lady and the Unicorn (1937) 79 kappaletta
Home is the Sailor (1964) 68 kappaletta
A Kindle of Kittens (1978) 63 kappaletta
Great Grandfather's House (1992) 59 kappaletta
St. Jerome and the Lion (1961) 58 kappaletta
Fu-Dog (1989) 51 kappaletta
Mr. McFadden's Hallowe'en (1975) 49 kappaletta
Gulbadan (1980) 47 kappaletta
Operation Sippacik (1969) 42 kappaletta
Candy Floss / Impunity Jane (1975) 39 kappaletta
Thus Far and No Further (1943) 39 kappaletta
The River [1951 film] (1951) — Screenwriter/Original novel — 37 kappaletta
Gypsy, Gypsy (1940) 36 kappaletta
The Valiant Chatti-Maker (1777) 32 kappaletta
Shiva's Pigeons (1972) 28 kappaletta
The Raphael Bible (1732) 27 kappaletta
Gone: a thread of stories (1940) 23 kappaletta
Mouse Time: Two Stories (1984) 18 kappaletta
In Noah's Ark (1949) 15 kappaletta
Cockcrow to Starlight (1996) 14 kappaletta
Swans and Turtles (1968) 13 kappaletta
Indian Dust: Stories (1989) 8 kappaletta
The Little Chair (1996) 5 kappaletta
The Greengage Summer [1961 film] (1961) — Screenplay — 3 kappaletta
Chinese Puzzle 3 kappaletta
Round the Day (1966) 1 kappale
Nella città una rosa (2020) 1 kappale
Choir and Prayers: 2 (1965) 1 kappale
Premiēre 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Little Bookroom (1955) — Jälkisanat, eräät painokset583 kappaletta
Ääniä Nooan arkista (1947) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset306 kappaletta
Prayers from the Ark and The Creatures' Choir (1976) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset157 kappaletta
Read With Me (1965) — Avustaja — 129 kappaletta
Reader's Digest Great Biographies 01 (1987) — Avustaja — 120 kappaletta
Black Narcissus [1947 film] (1947) — Original novel — 100 kappaletta
The Creatures' Choir (1965) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset58 kappaletta
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1968 v04 (1968) — Avustaja — 50 kappaletta
Great Tours and Detours: The Sophisticated Traveler Series (1985) — Avustaja — 34 kappaletta
Great short stories of the English-speaking world (1977) — Johdanto — 31 kappaletta
Love Stories (1975) — Avustaja — 19 kappaletta
Mrs. Manders' cook book (1968) — Toimittaja — 16 kappaletta
In This House of Brede [1975 film] (1975) — Original book — 15 kappaletta
The Real Thing: Seven Stories About Love (1979) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
Four complete English novels (1960) 4 kappaletta
Enchantment [1948 film] (1948) — Original book — 3 kappaletta
Black Narcissus [2020 miniseries] — Original book — 2 kappaletta
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita [1965 film] (1965) — Original book — 1 kappale

Merkitty avainsanalla


Virallinen nimi
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 (näytä kaikki 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
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Order of the British Empire (Officer, 1993)
Edith Haggard
Lyhyt elämäkerta
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.

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



July Read: Rumer Godden, Virago Modern Classics (lokakuuta 2017)
December 2011: Rumer Godden, Monthly Author Reads (helmikuu 2012)


Finished this on Easter, appropriately enough, since there are several great set pieces in the book that take place on Easter, and just in time for my book club discussion. We all loved the book, as did I—it's both smart and kind, and very well written. I've got a soft spot for nun stories, and the writing and structure here are great. It's a lovely portrait of the dynamics of an enclosed group of people deeply involved in each other's lives—really, anyone who thinks first person plural is an interesting way to get at a cluster consciousness but finds that it gets tiring after a while should take a look at what she does here, moving between voices and minds and even time frames with beautiful, almost acrobatic control, but the writing's never flashy. It's about NUNS, so of course it's not—small, deft story arcs, characters who grow through their voices and deeds, and what struck me as a beautiful portrait of the contemplative life without ever being sentimental.… (lisätietoja)
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lisapeet | 33 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 6, 2024 |
I have read both these authors so I was curious about this memoir of their childhood in India under the Raj. It was fascinating as a collection of impressions and events, far less about day to day life but the places felt very real. I'm not sure how they wrote it, it is very much third person about both Rumer and Jon and how their growing up made them the writers and artists they became. Not what I expected but worth reading.
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amyem58 | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 6, 2024 |
This was a book club edition and I'm thinking I got it new in 1979. I have no idea why I would've gotten it - maybe it was one of those things were the book was sent to you automatically if you didn't turn it down beforehand - because I don't believe at that age I would've selected a 'religious' book.

It was excellent and not what I expected at all; yes, it was a 'religious' book, about a woman who became a nun and all that that entailed (which was very interesting), but there was also the backstory about this woman's life before becoming a nun. I'm so glad I finally read it. And honestly, I felt uplifted after reading it.… (lisätietoja)
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LisaMorr | 14 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 2, 2024 |
Did you know you can ruin a perfectly lovely, enjoyable book in the last 10 pages??? I found out you can.

[China Court] is the story of five generations of a family living in southwestern England. Their family home is named China Court because of the money their family made in trade with China in the 1800s. When Mrs. Quin, a family matriarch from the third generation, passes away, the family story begins to be explored. Adza and Eustace have eight children. "The brood" gives way to one son, his Irish wife and their children, one of who marries Ripsie (Mrs. Quin). Tracy, part of the fifth generation, returns for her grandmother's funeral. The writing swirls around these generations - Godden doesn't take the easy way out and write a dual (or quintuple!) timeline. Instead, stories give way to other stories up and down the timeline. There are enough cues to keep the reader pretty well-oriented. I was highly impressed by this. So much fun to read a novel with interesting characters and a masterfully managed plot and timeline.

And then, the end . . .
Terrible, really terrible. There's a strange stipulation in Mrs. Quin's will about Tracy marrying the man (Peter) who has been working a farm on China Court's land. At first it seems that Godden is going to somehow manage this into working in a somewhat acceptable manner. But then there is an out of place, violent, scene between Tracy and Peter that ends the book with a total acceptance of the violence - I guess as passion? I didn't get it. I was floored and upset.

This was so disappointing after I absolutely loved [In This House of Brede] and [The Greengage Summer]. Sad.
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japaul22 | 13 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 12, 2024 |


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