Black Narcissus (1939)
Sister Clodagh, the youngest Mother Superior in the history of her' order, has brought a small band of nuns to establish a convent in Mopu at the foot of the Himalayas. But the sisters will have to battle native superstitions, a blasphemous handyman, the elements and, most of all, themselves if they are to succeed.
Rumer Godden was raised in India and was a convert to Catholicism and her love for, and ambivalence towards, both of them blend beautifully here. Regardless of the ultimate fate of her mission, Sister Clodagh's personal journey makes for a wonderful read.
See also:Women Authors
-Rumer Godden Web Page
-Review of Biography: Rumer Godden: A Storyteller's Life By Anne Chisolm
-Adventure is What She Got (NY Times Review of Godden's autobiography ''A Time to Dance, No Time to Weep'' (1987), Jannette Turner Hospital)
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