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Rumer Godden (1907–1998)

Autor(a) de In This House of Brede

90+ Works 13,520 Membros 277 Reviews 64 Favorited

About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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Please don't combine this author with her sister Jon Godden.

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Obras de Rumer Godden

In This House of Brede (1969) 1,422 cópias
The Story of Holly and Ivy (1958) 1,328 cópias
The Greengage Summer (1958) 736 cópias
An Episode of Sparrows (1955) 677 cópias
The Dolls' House (1947) 655 cópias
Black Narcissus (1939) 571 cópias
The Diddakoi (1972) 468 cópias
Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy (1979) 399 cópias
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower (1961) 393 cópias
The Kitchen Madonna (1967) 345 cópias
Kingfishers Catch Fire (1953) 339 cópias
The Peacock Spring (1975) 332 cópias
Two Under the Indian Sun (1966) 329 cópias
Little Plum (1963) 322 cópias
The River (1946) 304 cópias
The Mousewife (1951) 209 cópias
Thursday's Children (1984) 208 cópias
Mouse House (1957) 178 cópias
Coromandel Sea Change (1991) 170 cópias
A Candle for St. Jude (1948) 166 cópias
A House with Four Rooms (1989) 155 cópias
Listen to the Nightingale (1992) 140 cópias
Breakfast with the Nikolides (1942) 139 cópias
Impunity Jane (1656) 138 cópias
Cromartie vs the God Shiva (1997) 124 cópias
Four Dolls (1983) 118 cópias
A Breath of Air (1950) 114 cópias
The Dark Horse (1981) 112 cópias
The Dragon of Og (1981) 111 cópias
The Fairy Doll (1956) 111 cópias
The Rocking Horse Secret (1977) 108 cópias
Pippa Passes (1994) 85 cópias
Candy Floss (1960) 78 cópias
The Lady and the Unicorn (1937) 78 cópias
Home is the Sailor (1964) 67 cópias
A Kindle of Kittens (1978) 63 cópias
Great Grandfather's House (1708) 59 cópias
St. Jerome and the Lion (1961) 58 cópias
Fu-Dog (1989) 51 cópias
Mr. McFadden's Hallowe'en (1975) 49 cópias
Gulbadan (1980) 47 cópias
Operation Sippacik (1664) 42 cópias
Thus Far and No Further (1943) 39 cópias
Candy Floss / Impunity Jane (1975) 38 cópias
The River [1951 film] (1951) — Screenwriter/Original novel — 36 cópias
Gypsy, Gypsy (1940) 36 cópias
The Valiant Chatti-Maker (1777) 32 cópias
Shiva's Pigeons (1972) 28 cópias
The Raphael Bible (1732) 27 cópias
Gone: a thread of stories (1940) 23 cópias
Mouse Time: Two Stories (1984) 18 cópias
In Noah's Ark (1949) 15 cópias
Cockcrow to Starlight (1996) 14 cópias
Swans and Turtles (1968) 13 cópias
Indian Dust: Stories (1989) 8 cópias
The Little Chair (1996) 5 cópias
The Greengage Summer [1961 film] (1961) — Screenplay — 3 cópias
Chinese Puzzle 3 cópias
The River / Water Music 1 exemplar(es)
Round the Day (1966) 1 exemplar(es)
Nella città una rosa (2020) 1 exemplar(es)
Choir and Prayers: 2 (1965) 1 exemplar(es)
Godden, Rumer Archive 1 exemplar(es)
Die Nacht der Gespenster 1 exemplar(es)
Premiēre 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Little Bookroom (1955) — Posfácio, algumas edições582 cópias
Prayers from the Ark (1947) — Tradutor, algumas edições305 cópias
Prayers from the Ark and The Creatures' Choir (1976) — Tradutor, algumas edições154 cópias
Read With Me (1965) — Contribuinte — 129 cópias
Reader's Digest Great Biographies 01 (1987) — Contribuinte — 120 cópias
Black Narcissus [1947 film] (1947) — Original novel — 99 cópias
The Creatures' Choir (1965) — Tradutor, algumas edições58 cópias
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1968 v04 (1968) — Contribuinte — 50 cópias
Great Tours and Detours: The Sophisticated Traveler Series (1985) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
Great short stories of the English-speaking world (1977) — Introdução — 31 cópias
Love Stories (1975) — Contribuinte — 19 cópias
Mrs. Manders' cook book (1968) — Editor — 16 cópias
In This House of Brede [1975 film] (1975) — Original book — 15 cópias
Great short stories of the english speaking world (volume 2) (1977) — Introdução — 13 cópias
The Real Thing: Seven Stories About Love (1979) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Enchantment [1948 film] (1948) — Original book — 3 cópias
Black Narcissus [2020 miniseries] — Original book — 2 cópias
Reader's Digest Auswahlbücher (1973) 1 exemplar(es)
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita [1965 film] (1965) — Original book — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Godden, Margaret Rumer
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
Rye, East Sussex, England, UK
Local de nascimento
Eastbourne, Sussex, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Moniaive, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, UK
Locais de residência
Narayanganj, India (now Bangladesh)
Calcutta, India
Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK
Lamb House, Rye, East Sussex, England, UK
Eastbourne, Sussex, England, UK
London, England, UK (mostrar todas 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
Order of the British Empire (Officer, 1993)
Edith Haggard
Pequena biografia
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.
Aviso de desambiguação

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



July Read: Rumer Godden em Virago Modern Classics (Outubro 2017)
December 2011: Rumer Godden em Monthly Author Reads (Fevereiro 2012)


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.… (mais)
LisaMorr | outras 14 resenhas | 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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1 vote
japaul22 | outras 13 resenhas | Apr 12, 2024 |
I consider this book by Rumer Godden to be a good introduction to Gulbadan's story. Rumer Godden was not a historian and may have been excited when she read the "Humayun-Nama," written by Gulbadan-his sister.
The narrative is sparse, and you get glimpses of Gulbadan's character. Rumer Godden's British heritage the writing, especially when she writes about Gulbadan's (and Hamida's) reactions to Hindu customs.
While not an excellent or authoritative book, it is a good enough introduction to Gulbadan Begum's fascinating life.… (mais)
RajivC | outras 2 resenhas | Mar 26, 2024 |
The book is a charming memoir. I hesitate to call it an autobiography. Jon and Rumer Godden wrote this memoir jointly of their childhood in India. They lived in India during the First World War, and their memory seems excellent.
There is an innocence in the writing, which is amazing, considering they wrote the book many years later. The two sisters create a wonderful atmosphere, and there are moments when you can almost smell the old mud of India and visualize the people surrounding them.
It is possible to visualize two young girls living in what is now Bangladesh and enjoying the Indian sun. They were not rich and wrote about their pecuniary constraints without affectation. The sisters compared life in India with life in England. When they sailed back to England, they could not (at first) accept England as home.
Most of us forget that, for many English people, India was home but not home.
A charming book, well worth reading if you want to get a glimpse of life in the Raj, through the eyes of young children.
… (mais)
RajivC | outras 5 resenhas | Feb 20, 2024 |


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