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Black Narcissus
Black Narcissus: A Virago Modern Classic | Rumer Godden
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High in the Himalayas near Darjeeling, the old mountaintop palace shines like a jewel. When it was the General's 'harem' palace, richly dressed ladies wandered the windswept terraces; at night, music floated out over the villages and gorges. Now, the General's son has bestowed it on an order of nuns, the Sisters of Mary. Well-intentioned yet misguided, the nuns set about taming the gardens and opening a school and dispensary for the villagers. They are dependent on the local English agent of Empire, Mr Dean; but his charm and insolent candour are disconcerting. And the implacable emptiness of the mountain, the ceaseless winds, exact a toll on the Sisters.When Mr Dean says bluntly, 'This is no place for a nunnery,' it is as if he foresees their destiny...
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The best thing about a tie-in edition is that I don't mind if it gets beat up in my bag, has did it drink dropped on it, or suffers any other sort of damages.

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A group of nuns , high in the Himalayan mountains, in thin air , far away from anything they know.... yet something here brings out a deeper part of them , that has been hidden , that has been longing for release.
Book is excellent
Although the TV series is not entirely true in details... I think it‘s really good & with some brilliant cinematic images
Looking forward to hearing what ye think ...

LeahBergen Lovely review! I must get to it soon. 😊 1y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks Leah ! I love that the author‘s personal experience is India & this book is India ... I‘m so looking forward to your thoughts 1y
BarbaraBB Sounds so good, love your review. In what country is it set? Just asking for #ReadingAsia2021 🤍 1y
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Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB I believe it‘s in India 1y
BarbaraBB Thanks! I‘ll stack it for India! 1y
rockpools Just settled down to watch the first episode 🙂 1y
Cathythoughts @rockpools will be interested to hear your thoughts 👍🏻❤️ 1y
batsy Nice review, Cathy! Both book and series sound very intriguing 👍🏽 1y
Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks 🙏😊 book is excellent... I really like the tv show as well ... 1y
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Getting ahead of the Christmas TV with this *literal* beauty.

Cathythoughts Just finished! Sooo good. Looking forward to the TV series 1y
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How pretty is this newly released Virago Modern Classics Designer Collection edition??

Now THIS is how you do a reprint! 💙

Andrea313 Gorgeous! 😍 And I love Rumer Godden, too. Enjoy! 1y
MsMelissa It‘s lovely. 1y
MaureenMc Wow! 🤩 1y
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Ruthiella Beautiful!😍 1y
daena Stunning! 1y
Chrys That is gorgeous 1y
batsy Yes, that's the way to do it! I've been eyeing it 😆 It's stunning! 1y
KVanRead Gorgeous 😍 1y
Tanisha_A Oh my 🤤 1y
BarbaraBB Gorgeous 😍 1y
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Centique Oh my lord, I want to ask it to a dance and buy it a corsage cos it‘s SO PRETTY! 1y
Cathythoughts It‘s stunning ✨ 1y
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vivastory This is stunning!! 1y
Reviewsbylola Holy shit, that is gorgeous!! 1y
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All my reading life I have been looking for a thoughtful and passionate rebuke of colonialism via missionary work and I think I may have found it in this book. I have been interested in reading it for a while, but when I saw the preview for the new movie coming out, I had to prioritize it quickly. I cannot put it down!

merelybookish Pretty cover too! 1y
batsy Lovely cover! I've been meaning to read it. (Virago has released another pretty edition recently, too!) 1y
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Scenes from this film haunted me when I was a little girl but I didn't realise until recently that it was adapted from a book.
And the author is the same Rumer Godden who wrote the Diddakoi another memorable adaptation from my childhood.

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Sister Ruth from BLACK NARCISSUS is one heck of a #dramaqueen and a little bit scary, too. She likes stirring up contentions and jealousies among the order of nuns in this novel. One of my favorite books and movies! #Characters2017

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻🤓 5y
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Surprisingly fresh considering its age. Enjoyed the atmospheric descriptions of the landscape.