This extraordinarily sensitive and insightful portrait of religious life centers on Philippa Talbot, a highly successful professional woman who leaves her life among the London elite to join a cloistered Benedictine community. In This House of Brede was the basis of a 1975 made-for-television film starring Diana Rigg.
“A novel of sensitive dedication.” —The Atlantic Monthly
“Rumer Godden deals precisely with the theme of the religious life . . . as representing ‘the heart of holiness of the Church.’ It is at once a life of great peace and often equally intense struggle.” —America magazine
This extraordinarily sensitive and insightful portrait of religious life centers on Philippa Talbot, a highly successful professional woman who leaves her life among the London elite to join a cloistered Benedictine community. In this gripping narrative of the crises surrounding the ancient Brede abbey, Rumer Godden penetrates to the mysterious, inner heart of a religious community—a place of complexity and conflict, as well as joy and love. It is a place where Philippa, to her own surprise and her friends’ astonishment, finds her life by losing it.
This book definitely ranks in the top three fiction novels I have ever read. Very deep spiritual truths are found throughout this engaging novel.Published 1 month ago by Kevin Klump
classic novel of vocation, and a strong woman's process to learn to trust and be faithful to her call. an excellent novelPublished 1 month ago by kacey b
I've always loved this book, and just about anything written by Rumer Godden. She has a very unique style of writing. I'm glad I was able to find the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sunshine
I loved it. The characters are built up beautifully. I went to parochial schools on the south side of Chicago in the 50's and 60's and
recognized some wonderful characters. Read more
I thoroughly enjoyed this insight into convent life before all was shattered by Vatican II. The characters are well crafted and the writing fabulous,Published 5 months ago by Dwightsan
Anyone who has wondered about the inner workings of a monastery and the minds of the women who live there will find In This House of Brede informative as well as fascinating. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Annemarie Oldfield
The book arrived in time and in good condition. I haven't finished reading it. Its very slow reading for me but I have to finish it, since it's my book club's pick for the month... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Irma C. Aguirre