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.
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'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
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
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 217 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 18 mm
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
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
[A] beautiful novel * Daily Mail *
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