Search Results: "Rumer Godden"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"It's a mountain of undigested information, richer in itinerary than insight. (b&w photos, index) (Biography. 14+)"
Although Godden spent much of her life in exotic climes and has proven to be one of the few truly successful "crossover" writers, this sprawling biography will neither draw nor hold the attention of readers. Read full book review >

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COROMANDEL SEA CHANGE by Rumer Godden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 1991

"Godden's lively narrative and her vivid descriptions of the people, places, and customs of a country she loves are more than fair compensation for dated style and stock characters."
They don't tend to write like this anymore, perhaps with good reason, but nonetheless the latest from Godden, unabashedly sentimental, is an entertaining if nostalgic read. Read full book review >

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PIPPA PASSES by Rumer Godden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 1994

"As full of garbage as Venice's famed canals."
Godden (Great Grandfather's House, 1993, etc.) is known for sentimental, old-fashioned morality tales, and this absurdity is no exception. Read full book review >

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CROMARTIE V. THE GOD SHIVA by Rumer Godden
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A delight for Godden's many followers, one encompassing the experience of the beauties and traditions of India, the richness of its religions, and Godden's own essential dash of gallantry and grand gestures."
About to celebrate her 90th birthday, Godden, author of over 60 books for adults and children, again writes with grace and a cheerfully lilting prose, evoking the mannered high-style of a cultivated English/Indian backwater. Read full book review >

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LISTEN TO THE NIGHTINGALE by Rumer Godden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"As much could be said of the author's likable performance here. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A sentimental but deftly crafted story about the gifted ward of the overworked wardrobe mistress (``Auntie'') for a small but legendary ballet troupe, with one transparently contrived coincidence and a tidy, credulity-straining conclusion. Read full book review >

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GREAT GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE by Rumer Godden
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 27, 1993

"A small, charming book. (Fiction. 8+)"
Illustrated with delicate full-color spot and page-size illustrations, Godden's newest has the timeless appeal of much of her work. Read full book review >

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PREMLATA AND THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS by Rumer Godden
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Illustrated with soft-focus, beautifully detailed black-and-white drawings, the book provides a whirlwind tour of one small corner of Bengal life, and is sure to find an audience ready for any story Godden tells. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A tender rags-to-riches tale from Godden (Great Grandfather's House, 1993, etc.), with an Indian setting and universal themes. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2011

"A charming portrait of unadulterated pet love."
Mercadante, a librarian and animal lover, recounts the life lessons she and her family learned after she adopted a pit bull. Read full book review >