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.
Good read...saw the movie years ago....thought I'd like the book...and I have. will donate to church library so others will enjoy.Published 1 day ago by Alexsanudra
very lovely book. gives you a window into the life of cloistered nuns!Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Patierno
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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months ago by Mary's Little Lamb