Black Narcissus - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Black Narcissus - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages
Published: 07/02/2013
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Waterstones Says

Set in a derelict former-harem high in the Himalayas, Godden's richly atmospheric novel teases out the repressed passions of a group of nuns as they toil to transform the building into their new convent.

NOW A HAUNTING BBC DRAMA, STARRING GEMMA ARTERTON AND DIANA RIGG

'A remarkable and beautiful book' DAILY TELEGRAPH

'I envy anyone reading it for the first time' AMANDA COE

'[Godden has] a genius for storytelling' EVENING STANDARD

High in the Himalayas, the mountaintop palace shines like a jewel. Built for the General's harem, laughter and music once floated out over the gorge. Now it sits abandoned, windswept and haunting.

The palace is bestowed to the Sisters of Mary, and what was once known as 'the House of Women' becomes the Convent of St Faith. Close to the heavens, the nuns feel inspired, working fervently to establish their school and hospital. But as the isolation and emptiness of the mountain become increasingly unsettling, passions long repressed emerge with tragic consequences . . .

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844088393
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 217 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A remarkable and beautiful book - Daily Telegraph

A remarkable novel. One in a thousand - Observer

Like Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca or Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind, Black Narcissus is one of those rare novels that combines huge popular appeal with emotional subtlety and literary skill - Anne Chisholm

Godden's wonderful book sets out a complex vision of the variety, necessity and danger of desire, rendered into a story that is completely pleasurable. I envy anyone reading it for the first time. - Amanda Coe

[Godden has] a genius for storytelling - Evening Standard

[A] beautiful novel - Daily Mail

All [Godden's novels] have one important thing in common: They are beautifully and simply wrought by a woman of depth and sensitivity - Los Angeles Times

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“Great story”

I learnt that this book was to be dramatized for TV so thought I would read it beforehand. A group of determined nuns decide to settle in an unhospitable mountainous region despite advice to the contrary. The book is... More

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Amalia Gkavea

““I don't expect you to understand me any more than I can understand you; but I respect you and that's the difference between us.””

‘’Look at the eagles,’ he said.
In the gulf eagles were flying, circling round one small spot in the air. Higher and higher they flew, but still they could not reach the head of cloud that hid the mountain in the... More

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