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.
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 6 days 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 3 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 3 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 4 months ago by Irma C. Aguirre
While a bit slow moving, the interaction of characters make this book. We learn that not all is communal happiness in this convent. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Teresita D. O'Leary
This is a really fine book. In a few months I will read it again, as the characters stayed with me to the point that now that I'm finished reading the book, I miss them! Read morePublished 6 months ago by chelsea girl