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Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus

High in the Himalayas near Darjeeling, the old mountaintop palace shines like a jewel. When it was the General’s ‘harem’ palace, richly dressed ladies wandered the windswept terraces; at night, music floated out over the villages and gorges. Now, the General’s son has bestowed it on an order of nuns, the Sisters of Mary.

Well-intentioned yet misguided, the nuns set about taming the gardens and opening a school and dispensary for the villagers. They are dependent on the local English agent of Empire, Mr Dean; but his charm and insolent candour are disconcerting. And the implacable emptiness of the mountain, the ceaseless winds, exact a toll on the Sisters.When Mr Dean says bluntly, ‘This is no place for a nunnery,’ it is as if he foresees their destiny…
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 12th November 2020

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9780349014043

Reviews

A remarkable and beautiful book
Daily Telegraph
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
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