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Black Narcissus (VMC) (Virago Modern Classics) Paperback – July 3, 2013
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Rumer Godden (1907-98) was the acclaimed author of over sixty works of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Born in England, she and her siblings grew up in Narayanganj, India, and she later spent many years living in Calcutta and Kashmir. Several of her novels were made into films, including Black Narcissus, The Greengage Summer and The River, which was filmed by Jean Renoir. She was appointed OBE in 1993
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Rumer Godden had an unusual education, which in latter years involved her writing a precis of the editorial of the Times every day (A house with 4 rooms). Her choice of each word is apparent here. She says it took her 5 years to write this book, with her every-day fountain pen, and after finally writing The End, the pen split in half. It is complete. Luckily, I could just start reading from the beginning again.
During her time in the Kashmiri mountains in WWII, Rumer Godden found a way to write where past and present are overlaid and inter-twined. She uses this here, writing in themes and circles as well as events and personality. Save this book for an absorbing deep read.
I couldn't put the book down.
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Made me more excited about going to India in Nov.