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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.


Grade: (B)


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Book-related and General Links:
    -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)