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.
Thoughtful view of Catholicism and a contemplative life. It's useful to have a plot to support such information, and it's not that distracting.Published 12 days ago by tspia
The presentation of the material is always beautiful regardless of how many times it is read. This is #5 for me. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Nan Kenton
Years ago, I saw this book turned into a TV mini-series. I sadly missed it
when it was on. So now, many years later, I have read this marvelous book. Read more
The story of this book is good; the writing is amazing. Godden effortlessly skip from one character to another, from one time to another, yet never loses track of the story. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Mary's Little Lamb
Riveting and gentle novel. I read the Reader's Digest condensed version when I must have been 11 or 12, made me long to be Catholic.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Phillipa Talbot is a successful British woman who is a mid-level bureaucrat in the government, a high position for a woman in the 1950s. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joseph M. Reninger
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 4 months 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 4 months ago by kacey b