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In this house of Brede de Rumer Godden
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In this house of Brede (1969 original; edició 1991)

de Rumer Godden

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'The motto was Pax but the word was set in a circle of thorns. Peace, but what a strange peace, made of unremitting toil and effort.' Bruised by tragedy, Philippa Talbot leaves behind a successful career with the civil service for a new calling: to join an enclosed order of Benedictine nuns. In this small community of fewer than one hundred women, she soon discovers all the human frailties: jealousy, love, despair. But each crisis of heart and conscience is guided by the compassion and intelligence of the Abbess and by the Sisters' shared bond of faith and ritual. Away from the world, and yet at one with it, Philippa must learn to forgive and forget her past . . .… (més)
Membre:rosecothren
Títol:In this house of Brede
Autors:Rumer Godden
Informació:Cutchogue, New York : Buccaneer Books, 1991.
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In This House of Brede de Rumer Godden (1969)

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    CurrerBell: The Corner That Held Them has a great deal of comedy and humor, while In This House of Brede is more serious in tone.
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    The good sisters de Kathleen Whalen Fitzgerald (aulsmith)
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    All We Know of Heaven: A Novel de Rémy Rougeau (Yervant)
    Yervant: Both of these works offer realistic windows into religious life with its joys and hard work and the realities of humans living in community together.
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Not my usual reading fare, but very enjoyable and quiet read. I loved learning about each nun, the various traditions and daily routines, struggles and joys. Overall, there wasn't a plot; instead it was more of a character study of Brede Abbey, with a particular focus on Philippa to anchor the story. But the writing is beautiful and it was a comforting read. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
Signed by author "For Catherine White - Rumor Godden". With dust jacket
  KPShields | Jan 20, 2020 |
Philippa Talbot has by all accounts been a successful business woman. But she is alone, a widow also grieving the loss of a child many years earlier, and questions whether she has truly found her purpose. When Philippa decides to enter a Benedictine monastery, she begins a journey towards finding both purpose and peace. Besides mastering Brede’s daily rituals, Philippa must also shed the trappings of her previous life, such as behaviors that put self before others. And she must blend into a community of women, each with both gifts and flaws, and work together to manage all aspects of the abbey’s operations, from worship to meals to health care.

While the main story arc is about Philippa’s journey, the novel is greatly enhanced by subplots that showcase its rich cast of characters. I became emotionally invested in every one of these women, and in the welfare of Brede as a whole. In This House of Brede stands the test of time and could be read again and again for new insights. ( )
  lauralkeet | Oct 30, 2019 |
(see Sherry H's review.) ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
”The motto was ‘Pax,’ but the word was set in a circle of thorns. Pax: peace, but what a strange peace, made of unremitting toil and effort, seldom with a seen result; subject to constant interruptions, unexpected demands, short sleep at nights, little comfort, sometimes scant food, beset with disappointments and usually misunderstood; yet peace all the same, undeviating, filled with joy and gratitude and love. ‘It is my own peace I give unto you.’ Not, notice, the world’s peace."

Does that sound like something you would sign up for? And yet, over the centuries men and women did just that in order to gain the previously mentioned ‘peace’, accompanied by joy, gratitude and love. Phillippa Talbot was one of those women. Widowed during WWII, she was a very successful professional woman who had traveled throughout the world and managed hundreds of employees but felt something was missing. She made the unusual decision to leave her life among the London elites and join a cloistered Benedectine abbey, the ancient seaside Brede abbey. The narrative describes in gripping terms, all the crises that face Phillippa and the other members of the community and the sensitive ways they all choose to deal with them. The author’s rich characterizations made me admire these women, even though they weren’t all likable. Godden converted to Catholicism in 1968, the year before she wrote this book and spent three years living at the gate of a Benedectine abbey in England.

I’m not sure I can put my finger on the reason I loved this book as much as I did but I think I’m in good company. Its average LT rating is 4.36. I seldom reread but Im keeping this book with plans to read it again at some point. Simply sublime. ( )
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'The motto was Pax but the word was set in a circle of thorns. Peace, but what a strange peace, made of unremitting toil and effort.' Bruised by tragedy, Philippa Talbot leaves behind a successful career with the civil service for a new calling: to join an enclosed order of Benedictine nuns. In this small community of fewer than one hundred women, she soon discovers all the human frailties: jealousy, love, despair. But each crisis of heart and conscience is guided by the compassion and intelligence of the Abbess and by the Sisters' shared bond of faith and ritual. Away from the world, and yet at one with it, Philippa must learn to forgive and forget her past . . .

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