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In this House of Brede
In this House of Brede: A Virago Modern Classic | Rumer Godden
'The motto was Pax but the word was set in a circle of thorns. Peace, but what a strange peace, made of unremitting toil and effort.' Bruised by tragedy, Philippa Talbot leaves behind a successful career with the civil service for a new calling: to join an enclosed order of Benedictine nuns. In this small community of fewer than one hundred women, she soon discovers all the human frailties: jealousy, love, despair. But each crisis of heart and conscience is guided by the compassion and intelligence of the Abbess and by the Sisters' shared bond of faith and ritual. Away from the world, and yet at one with it, Philippa must learn to forgive and forget her past . . .
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MaureenMc
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Do you want to read a novel about cloistered nuns in a monastery in 1960s Great Britain? Yes, you do! I see your skeptical gaze, but trust me - this book is not what you (probably) think it is. Loss, grief, love, jealousy, and duty are explored through a cast of exquisitely drawn characters. And most of the book certainly passes the Bechdel test. 😁

Chrissyreadit I completely AGREE!!! I could not believe how good this book was!!! I‘ve recommended it several times ❤️❤️ 8mo
cathysaid Sold! 8mo
RealLifeReading Stacked! 8mo
mabell Great review! 😂😄 8mo
Tamra I do! 8mo
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Beatlefan129
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Thank you so much! This is such a thoughtful surprise 😁#KindLitsy

rubyslippersreads You‘re very welcome! 😊 11mo
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Chrissyreadit
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I thought the joining of a cloister as a #freezeframe on life. But after reading In This House Of Brede I had a very different perspective. BTW this book was not anything I expected and is a great read! #winterwonderland

Cinfhen Sounds interesting 11mo
Chrissyreadit @Cinfhen I read it based on a recommendation and am so glad I did! I still think about it years later. It was definitely not what I expected. 11mo
AmyG It‘s an excellent read! 11mo
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TrishB Stacked, sounds interesting. 11mo
Chrissyreadit @TrishB I look forward to hearing your thoughts! It is not quite how it is described- in depth character studies, tragedy, human nature... 11mo
Centique @Chrissyreadit I loved it too! @AmyG I‘m so glad to find others who have read it so i can fangirl about it. 😍What a beautifully slow immersive book it was - and who knew so much intrigue went on inside a cloistered nunnery! 11mo
Chrissyreadit @Centique yes! It is a testament to Rumor Goddens talent- I‘m sure very few people could have turned this into the book it is. I love knowing others loved it too! 11mo
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brownekr
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Add to the list of things I read because Jo Walton mentioned them in a column once or twice.

It looks like I'm the first person to check out our library copy since 1984.

It's very much a book interested in white women of a certain class--the prologue with Penny & Philippa is drawn so precisely, for example, while Sister Thecla, the Japanese postulants, & the claustral sisters are never fully developed. Overall, though, I enjoyed it more than not

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BookHermit
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Me too, Dame 😂

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BookHermit
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This will do nicely, thank you ☺️

MrBook Nice! 3y
LeahBergen It's so pretty! 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Lovely! Although if this were a book cover, your shadow would denote sinister goings-on. 3y
BookHermit @TobeyTheScavengerMonk it does look kind of sinister, doesn't it? Just needs to be in high contrast black and white. 3y
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mrsthilkey
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I've read lots of great children's books from this decade, but I can't come up with a single adult book. Here are two from my TBR, so I can rectify this soon.

Maybe a good reading challenge for me next year would be a reading through the decades challenge?!

#publishedinthe1960s #aprilbookshowers

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Centique
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This 1960s novel tells the story of a 42 yr old woman who decides to join a closed community of Benedictine nuns. Ive no knowledge of Catholicism so this was an insight into something unimaginable. Godden was assisted by nuns from a closed order in getting details right. You follow the seasons of the community, the ups and downs of personalities and spiritual struggles. It is a quiet book but gave me a feeling of peace I hadn't felt for a while.

EvieBee I love Rumer but haven't read this! Sitting on my shelf, though. 😀 3y
Centique Oh good @EvieBee84 I hope you enjoy it. Possibly a good pick for when you want to retreat from the world a little bit. Took about a third of the book to get me hooked 😊👍 3y
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