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An episode of sparrows. 435 Hudson S. New York, NY 10014. An episode of sparrows, Rumer Godden.

An Episode of Sparrows book. It certainly contains one of the most memorable anti-heroines ever, impossible little Whenever I read a book by Rumer Godden I’m reminded why I like her so much. She writes about ordinary life with the insight of a mystic. Her novels are the fictional counterpart of Caryll Houselander’s inspirational prose. An Episode for Sparrows took me a couple of tries to get into but I blame that on me rather than the book. I was mentally distracted at the time. In November 1914 two small sisters, Jon and Rumer Godden, returned to India. Let it go. ― Anonymous. Two Under the Indian Sun. by Jon Godden · Rumer Godden. They had spent a year in London being "brought up" by austere aunts, but now the zeppelins were expected, and so they were summoned back to their home in East Bengal.

An Episode of Sparrows is a novel written in 1955 by Rumer Godden. The novel focuses on children in Catford Street, a working-class street in South London, with much stone and asphalt but only a few patches of green.

Godden, Rumer, 1907-1998. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Street children, Enfants de la rue, Novela estadounidense. New York, Viking Press. Uploaded by sf-loadersive. org on February 26, 2010. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014).

An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden; Y/A; (4 ) This tiny little book is an absolute gem of simplicity, love and hope Читать весь отзыв. Пользовательский отзыв - anniemktx - LibraryThing. This was my firs Rumer Godden novel, and I have loved it all my life. It's one of the handful of books I return to when I need the best that life has to offer. The synopsis written by the previous.

An Episode of Sparrows" captures, with the consummate artistry of Rumer Godden, a little sparrow-girl who nearly falls to the ground

She writes with amazing sensitivity about children - almost as if she were one of them. But this is not a children's book. Rumer Godden understands the passions which drive people. She has a true author's ability to get beneath the superficiality of people's daily lives and expose their true hopes and fears. An Episode of Sparrows" captures, with the consummate artistry of Rumer Godden, a little sparrow-girl who nearly falls to the ground. Lovejoy's garden, in the shadow of a ruined church in postwar London, blossoms with such awful frailty that one holds one's breath with suspense.

To me it certainly doesn’t read as a children’s book (although nothing in the content would preclude a child reading it) but more, as a book for adults about children. As such it was chosen by the Librarything Virago group as one of the books for the childhood section of the Seven Ages of Women theme read

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Kupidon
"The Battle of the Villa Fiorita" has this as its simple premise: the unpolished but sweet and deeply appealing Fanny Clavering falls under the spell of film director Rob Quillet, and their affair causes her husband to divorce her, with custody of their children awarded to him. Fanny and Rob escape to Italy while they plan their eventual wedding, and Fanny's children, Hugh and Caddie, sneak away from school to follow them there, intending to demand that their mother come back home.

To say anything about what unfolds would be to spoil this acutely observed, intricately characterized story, but I will say that the complex character of Rob Quillet will stay with me forever, not least due to this priceless line of dialogue: "Must your children perpetually vomit?" (Incidentally, fans of Michael Powell--who directed the electrifying film of Godden's scorched-earth novel "Black Narcissus"--will surely recognize in Quillet something of Powell's aesthetic obsessions and uncompromising standards.)

It's a rare author who can really write believably about the complex inner lives of children, but Rumer Godden was one such genius, and this extraordinarily disturbing novel derives a great deal of its impact from bearing witness to the fact that terrible violence can be done to children without so much as an unkind word being spoken to them. Highly recommended, but read at your own risk of being faced with truths you might prefer not to see.
Dilmal
Rumer Godden writes as no other can about English middle class life, discovering Italy, divorce, children, and the irresistable pull of romance. Fanny Clavering, the shy, self effacing wife of Colonel Darryl Clavering, is swept off her feet by Rob Quillet, the movie director temporarily residing in her English village. She runs away with him to Italy leaving her two children, Hugh and Caddie, devastated.

They decide not to accept the situation and run away to Italy and the Villa Fiorita to "rescue" her. The battle is joined.

Fanny and her lover, Rob, are portrayed sympathetically; although, their poor decisions are shown to affect everyone around them. Godden's description of northern Italy, the food, the people, and the landscape are beautiful. There is much humor, understanding, and love displayed in this novel.

Another Rumer Godden classic.
Ranterl
I came to An Episode of Sparrows through an odd route. Connie Willis, whose SF novels I adore, explained in the commentary in The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories that this book had influenced her. Her teacher read the novel to her class when Willis was in grade school and yes, I agree with her that it was a strange book to read to kids. But it gave Willis an appreciation of London circa World War II, and if you've read her time travel novels you know how much that era factors into the stories. Anyway: If Connie Willis recommends a book, at least I will give it a try, and I'm glad I did so.

The short-and-sweet summary: in post WWII London, 11-year-old Lovejoy finds a packet of seeds, which gets her interested in gardening; she builds a secret garden in a bombed-out church and ends up transforming the lives of the people around her.

The success of An Episode of Sparrows depends largely on your expectations. Between the book's cover and the notion of a secret garden, you'll likely think this is a kid's book, an urban version of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. (Which is an awesome novel, and one of my own childhood favorites.) But An Episode of Sparrows is much more like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith; it's not really a kid's book, or at least it is far more "gritty" than most parents might look for.

So if you come to it from that point of view, this is a 4- or 5-star novel. It's told in an old-fashioned way (rather like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in that respect, too), with the viewpoint characters hopping from one head to another. But I found the characters poignantly real, and the writing lyrical.

You have to go out of your way to find this novel, but I think it's worth the search.
Black_Hawk_Down.
Rumer Godden delivers a delightful and wrenching novel that is both a coming-of-age tale and an amazing glimpse of pre-WW2 England and Italy. The characters are as fresh and real as if it were contemporary. Godden writes with a light, deft hand. I could not put this book down, and I was sorry when it ended. This is an easy decision: buy the book, read it, savor it. You will be glad you did.
Whitehammer
I have read this novel too many times to say; it remains my favorite Godden book. The story of children and their dreams and garden in post-WWII London will always be the classic survival story, for me. I love this book. One can see, in the perfectly-described details of life, the same meticulous attention to texture, local color, and vocabulary that another great English writer is known for: P.D. James.
Diredefender
I enjoyed this novel about a family's falling apart despite the best efforts of the children to reunite it. The Italian details were wonderful and the characters well fleshed out, both children and adult. Rumer Godden gave full attention to the complexity of the situation and the ending, although dependent on one melodramatic element, was simultanaeously disappointing, satisfying and inevitable.
Kegal
This is getting billed as a "children's book," but this 75-year-old enjoyed it. I'd read the Readers Digest condensation of the book decades ago and liked it; getting to read the whole book is amazing. You can't help falling in love with the "cocky and independent" Lovejoy Mason, the surprisingly soft-hearted teenaged boy Tip Malone, and the behind-the-scenes Olivia, who brings their lives together as she loses hers. A look at London's postwar East End that you'll treasure!
loved this story since I was 12 years old. I'm 70 now. Read it many times,never tire of Lovejoy and her world.
An Episode of Sparrows download epub
Contemporary
Author: R Godden
ISBN: 0333005376
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan; Uniform Ed edition (1965)
Pages: 272 pages