Library Loot: Rumer Godden

I have not been visiting the library much, as I am trying to read more of my own books this years (so far I have only read 5 so it is not going all that well). But when I saw a message about the rerelease of some of Rumer Godden’s books with new covers by Virago Modern Classics, I was intrigued. I had never heard of this author before (shame on me, I guess), but some of the descriptions did sound fascinating. A quick browse through my library catalogue revealed that they owned two books by the author:

Picture from the LittleBrown website

Picture from the LittleBrown website

A Penguin version of Black Narcissus, a novel about a school run by Sisters in India. Book about mission in Southeast Asia is an instant topic of interest for me, of course! I cannot wait to get to this one.

The other one is a Dutch translation of Thursday’s Children, which is about a boy who always has to accompany his sister to ballet classes, and then decides he wants to be a dancer himself when he quickly encounters cultural prejudice against boys dancing.

Have you read any of these books? I admit I have no clue whether or not Rumer Godden is for me, but I am impatient to find out. I admit, if it turns out I like them, I am very tempted to buy a set of these books. They look so lovely.

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Library Loot is a weekly meme co-hosted by Claire (The Captive Reader) and Marg (The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader) that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

11 thoughts on “Library Loot: Rumer Godden

  1. Claudia

    I’m from Belgium and the Dutch version of Thursday’s Children was one of my favourite books as a teenager! Probably because I also followed ballet classes and dreamed of being an undiscovered talent🙂. I remember it as a very fascinating read. Thank you for bringing her books back to my attention! Now might be a good time for me to discover more books by this author.

  2. Jeane

    I LOVE Thursday’s Children. It’s one of those books I’ve read over and over since childhood. Her others are hit and miss for me, some I like and some I don’t so much. Will be eager to hear about the others you picked up!

  3. zibilee

    I have one of her books, but these are new to me. I think the one I have is called The Greengage Summer. I have heard that she is incredibly talented though, so I hope you enjoy the books!

  4. Jenny

    Oh man. I was going to rave about them, but Ana has scooped me. As she says, I love Rumer Godden, and YES you absolutely should read some of her books. In This House of Brede and Thursday’s Children are both absolutely fantastic. I agree with Jeane that Godden’s books (for adults! just about all of her children’s books are winners) can be hit or miss, but even in the bad ones, she has this very distinctive, interesting style of writing that I absolutely love. Oh please read Thursday’s Children. I want to know what you would think of it.

  5. Mrs.B

    I had no idea Virago rereleased Godden’s books! I’ve only read The Greengage Summer which I loved. I also saw the film version of Black Narcissus which was brilliant and haunting.

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