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Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus( )
Author: Godden, Rumer
Introduction by: Thomas, Rosie
Series title:Virago Modern Classics Ser.
ISBN:978-1-84408-839-3
Publication Date:Feb 2013
Publisher:Little, Brown Book Group Limited
Imprint:Virago Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $25.99
Book Description:

High in the Himalayas near Darjeeling, the old mountaintop palace shines like a jewel. When it was the General's 'harem' palace, richly dressed ladies wandered the windswept terraces; at night, music floated out over the villages and gorges. Now, the General's son has bestowed it on an order of nuns, the Sisters of Mary.

Well-intentioned yet misguided, the nuns set about taming the gardens and opening a school and dispensary for the villagers. They are dependent on the local...
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Book Details
Pages:272
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):13.1 x 19.7 x 1.8 cm
Book Weight:0.204 Kilograms
Author Biography
Godden, Rumer (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 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.

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