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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Amereon Ltd (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884116484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884116486
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,609,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rumer Godden was one of Britain's most distinguished authors, with many justly famous and much-loved books for both adults and children to her credit, including Black Narcissus and The Greengage Summer . She was awarded the OBE in 1993 and died in 1998.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By pat on September 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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 river is a simple, beautiful metaphor for the events that flow through the girl's life.
Godden's evocative book touched my own recollections of childhood - the remarkable clarity of taste, smell, sensation, thought and feeling, the electrical insights flashing into awareness almost reflexively. Deeply affecting read, if one is quiet enough to hear all that is taking place within the simple narrative.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "byzantine55" on October 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This Book gave me another world view, as it takes place in India in the 20's . It has an un-American style of writing, British 1920's which I think children should be exposed to and it is a lovely story about life and death and the circle of it all. The characters are a British family. The children are the main charcters, particularily the 9 year old girl, Harriet, the style of writing strongly influenced the way I write fiction. I would love to produce a movie of it. It is lyrical and original. I've read it at least ten times. One of my late grandmother's legacies to me was Rumer Godden's books. Thank you Grandma Hunter!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2000
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I think it is fairly thoughtless to say that The River isn't a deep or thought-provoking read. The plot is so simple, and comes in such abrupt waves that one might not notice the amount of time the protagonist, Harriet, spends considering life, death, and our purpose here. It's richly symbolic and very subtle. The coming of age element of the story is told in a deft and beautiful way, and the ways in which the characters view life will get you thinking. Highly recommended (if you can find it).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1999
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I really loved this book. It is beautiful. The plot is simple on the outside yet very interesting and thoughtful as you read on. It is deep. I couldn't put the book down! I just kept reading. Rumer Godden writes a superb ending. And the book is wonderful and very well written all the way through.
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Smith VINE VOICE on July 6, 2000
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The River is a coming-of-age novel set in Bengal/India. The older sister is becoming interested in men; a particular man with adjustment problems is becoming interested in her. The younger brother is "a kid" with an interest in a cobra. The middle child can't quite figure out what's happening. The local color makes the story a delightful read and transforms the coming-of-age story into a stronger plot than many similar novels.
This novel will not challenge your view of the world ... but it will give you a bit of thoughtful (not thought-provoking) fun.
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