The River

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The River Harriet is between two worlds Her sister is no longer a playmate her brother is still a child The comforting rhythm of her Indian childhood the noise of the jute works the festivals that accompany e

  • Title: The River
  • Author: Rumer Godden
  • ISBN: 9780330489997
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • Harriet is between two worlds Her sister is no longer a playmate, her brother is still a child The comforting rhythm of her Indian childhood the noise of the jute works, the festivals that accompany each season and the eternal ebb and flow of the river is about to be shattered.

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    1. Diane Barnes on said:

      3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.Rumer Godden's powers of description are so good she made me homesick for a place I've never been, and nostalgic for a childhood I never experienced. A novelette about a season in Harriet's life in India when she makes the transition from child to "real person" status.

    2. Phrynne on said:

      A novella about an English child growing up in India, beautifully written and full of evocative description of life in that country. There is no plot and really only one event of any significance. The theme of the book is growing up as experienced by the main character, Harriet, who is absolutely charming. The main interest of the book is the beautiful way it is written. I have only read a few works by Rumer Godden but I will be looking out for more.

    3. Hana on said:

      The River is a coming of age novella set in India. Harriet, the daughter of a jute factory manager, is just on the cusp of growing up--one moment a child, the next thinking thoughts and asking questions that would challenge many an adult. The time is perhaps during World War II, but as Godden says in the introductory paragraphs, it could be this war, or the war before that, any war, any place. There is a timeless quality about the setting, a garden by the edge of a river. Like the garden of Eden [...]

    4. Jeanette on said:

      This novella creates an unforgettable combination of unique personalities and sublime conversations among them. But centered in all is Harriet. Harriet who is at the cusp of girlhood/womanhood's brink. Her sister, Bea, is a focus but also had, for me, a retreating and nearly spectral aspect toward connections. Her brother is one of the two "littles" (Vickie a round cherub is the other) and this leaves Harriet with a cork tree, her favorite place in a "hole" and knowing that it will all soon chan [...]

    5. Alun Williams on said:

      Rumer Godden had a long and prolific writing career, but her centenary last year seemed to pass unmarked. If you are not familiar with her then you have missed one of the few truly great British novelists of the twentieth century.The River, which was later filmed by Jean Renoir, is a very short and, in parts, sad book, but in many ways typical of Rumer Godden's work: set in India, the main characters children, the theme growing up, and how to be perceived by adults as a person rather than a chil [...]

    6. Silvery on said:

      El segundo libro que leo de Rumer Godden y cada vez me maravillo más con la prosa de esta mujer."Estaba el olor a las flores velludas y redonditas de los espinos a pleno sol, y el olor a alcantarilla destapada, y a orina, al aceite de coco untado en una reluciente cabellera negra, a aceite de mostaza para cocinar y al humo azul de las boñigas usada como combustible; era un olor semejante al sol: más vivo y más intenso que cualquier cosa de Occidente, para nosotros el olor a la India""El desp [...]

    7. Kirsten on said:

      Way, way, way up high on the list of books that capture childhood. Similar to Jane Gardam's heroine in A Long Way from Verona, the heroine of this book is a young writer full of questions, puzzling over all she sees and leaping forward with flashes of insight. Here's one of many:[After an argument among members of her family:]"Funny," said Harriet to herself, "The world goes on turning, and it has all these troubles in it." She looked down the garden to the tea-table, where Victoria still sat. H [...]

    8. Manan Sheel on said:

      Today, I was wondering while reading this book, that if the description in a book is good (in this book, it is so so good) and if a book has so much of subtle heart into it, like this book, then, we start caring about the characters and the events and the places and everything, as if a deep, soft, subtle, existential connection has been made between our soul and the soul of the writer, as if, the river of our soul is delighted with all the gentle, soft and sweet touches which the book offers. Su [...]

    9. Núria on said:

      Decidí leer 'El rio' para satisfacer mi imperiosa necesidad de leer historias sobre niñas que crecen, porque (lo digo siempre) hay muchísimas historias sobre niños que crecen pero poquísimas sobre niñas que crecen. La protagonista de 'El rio' es Harriet, una preadolescente que vive al lado del rio Ganges, que se está haciendo mayor y que no acaba de encajar ni en el mundo de los niños ni en el de los adultos, pero además también se encuentra dividida entre dos culturas, la inglesa y la [...]

    10. Pinakini on said:

      "that we go on being born again and again because we have to, with each thing that happens to us, each new episode.""What is an episode?""It really means an incident . . . between two acts.""I don't understand.""Call it an incident, a happening. With each new happening, perhaps with each person we meet if they are important to us, we must either be born again, or die a little bit; big deaths and little ones, big and little births." Pg. 44Unputdownable- clear- simple- smooth- deepFinished reading [...]

    11. Ali on said:

      The River is a story of childhood in India, much although not all the story is a tribute to Rumer Godden's own childhood. In her preface to the novel Rumer Godden explains how the novel came to be written. Four British siblings, who have been brought back from school in England are living at the side of a river, just along the road from the jute works. This is their world, the garden, the house, the servants, Indian festivals, the jute works and Captain John - who was once injured in the war. Ha [...]

    12. Nose in a book (Kate) on said:

      This novel (novella really – even bulked out with short stories, an introduction and a preface it’s still barely 200 pages) explores childhood, and specifically that moment when you wake up from the idyll of innocence and start to see the rest of the world and understand that growing up means change.At the start of the book Harriet is the classic middle child (though she’s actually the second of four, but Victoria is still very young) – caught between her terribly sensible older sister B [...]

    13. Allison on said:

      Beautifully told story of a European girl named Harriet coming of age in Colonial India. About Life, growing, death, birth, love, so many first experiences, poetry, beauty and presence of nature.My grandfather knew Renoir and loves his films. We finally watched The River over Thanksgiving and I enjoyed the movie very much, despite its simplicity and datedness. I figured I should read the book, I've had my grandmother's old copy sitting on my bookshelf for years. So I read it in 3 days and the bo [...]

    14. Christina Baehr on said:

      Not her best. Wonderful writing, but I just didn't feel like this novella rewarded my investment, or the author's, to be frank. I look forward to reading more of her better novels. So far I've tremendously admired In is House of Brede, and enjoyed An Episode of Sparrows. The Dolls House is one of the best children's novels ever written, in my opinion. I'm thinking maybe Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy will be next.

    15. Jennifer on said:

      This book was very short and very vivid. A book about a young girl living and growing up in India and the tragedy that befalls her family. As with all of Godden's books, you truly grow to love and cherish the characters she brings to life with her prose. I found myself wishing Icould flash forward and find out what happens to this family 10 years later

    16. Lynn Dixon on said:

      This English narrator returns to her beloved India as an accomplished writer. She fondly remembers her years spent there when she was seven to twelve years old. Her father was employed in India and she lived with her mother, sisters and brother, Bogey. The reader gets a true feel for the Indian landscape and the daily movement of the people as she describes key events from that period of her life. Captain John came to stay with them after a serious war injury. Harriet tells the story and she lik [...]

    17. Sadie Slater on said:

      I read several of Rumer Godden's novels in my teens, and loved her delicate capturing of the transition between childhood and adulthood, so when I found a couple of her books in the Oxfam bookshop recently I couldn't resist buying them. The River is a very short book, the story of Harriet, the second child in a European family living on the banks of a river in East Bengal (based, as the introduction makes clear, on Godden's own childhood home), during the course of an Indian winter which is the [...]

    18. Ellen on said:

      I found The River very slow going - the story would be hard to get into, then I'd be in its flow until again I was stopped, by a turn of phrase or a jolting of words that clanged uncomfortably together, jarring or annoying instead of smooth.I was happy to finish the story, a bit confused that Bogey's death did not have more ramifications or sadness around it. A little life gone and barely any tears.Reading the two short stories that followed The River, however, put the tale into perspective. It [...]

    19. Martha on said:

      Another of my book for each year since birth - in this case a reread.This book works very well as a movie but as a book I had two problems with it (1) in a few cases there seemed to be inconsistencies in the time line and (2) for the symbolism, I often felt I was being hit over the head with the obvious. However, it is particularly interesting for its occasional use of what would now be considered potentially racist language and for the ease with which it mixes culture in a way uncommon for the [...]

    20. CindySlowReader on said:

      Harriet, the main character, could have been a creation of Lucy Maude Montgomery. The story was a little bit darker than an LMM creation but the passion and imagination of Anne with an "e" lived in Harriet. Or Pat of Silverbush or Emily of New Moon.It was a tad creepy that a man old enough to be an army captain (view spoiler)[was interested in the two sisters who were described as children. Or maybe I have a dirty mind. lol (hide spoiler)]Well written quick read, enjoyable and touching.

    21. Shelley on said:

      This is a charming tale from the point of view of an adolescent English girl living in India during wartime back home. Her conflicts with siblings and the portrayal of her first feelings of romantic attraction ring true. The movie version directed by Jean Renoir is wonderful in bringing this story to life.

    22. KayG on said:

      This was very beautiful, exceptionally descriptive writing about a young family in India during WWII. IMPORTANT: I advise reading the preface after the book, as it contains a major spoiler. Also, the event that was spoiled was surprisingly downplayed.

    23. Paul Taylor on said:

      In what must be to a significant degree autobiographical Godden examines the awkward phase between childhood and womanhood in the evocative atmosphere of inter-war, pre-independence India.

    24. Melanie Vidrine on said:

      So goodThis is the second Rumer Godden I have recently. Very touching, story of an Indian childhood during British colonial times.

    25. Ivan on said:

      Starts out slow - leisurely paced - but it absorbs and absorbs until you're completely immersed. The story of a pre-pubescent English girl growing up in Bengal during the second world war. It's a coming of age story. The writing is luminous. There is great sorrow, joy and angst. This a short novel - under two hundred pages - and yet it doesn't skimp on story. This is for fans of A Passage to India and Heat and Dust - and Godden is the author of Black Narcissus.

    26. Katya on said:

      This is the seventh book published by Rumer Godden, in 1946. It is a jewel of a book, small yet perfect. It tells the story of Harriet, a young English girl growing up in Bengali with her British Colonial family. Ms. Godden is masterful with her descriptions of India at that time, and she paints a full picture of tropical lushness and exotic wildlife. She is equally talented at creating complex characters.In some of Rumer Godden's works, the house is practically a character in itself. Here, it i [...]

    27. Candy Wood on said:

      What a lovely little book this is. Unlike the other Rumer Godden books I’ve read, The River is focused on one character; as in A Fugue in Time, though, the central question is about change and what remains. The one character is Harriet, a middle daughter in a European family in Bengal, India (though the narrator proclaims at the outset that the river could be anywhere, and the war happening in the outside world could be any war). In the awkward phase between playing with her younger brother an [...]

    28. Alun Williams on said:

      Rumer Godden had a long and prolific writing career, but her centenary in 2007 seemed to pass unmarked. If you are not familiar with her then you have missed one of the few truly great British novelists of the twentieth century. The River, which was later filmed by Jean Renoir, is a very short and, in parts, sad book, but in many ways typical of Rumer Godden's work: set in India, the main characters children, the theme growing up, and how to be perceived by adults as a person rather than a child [...]

    29. Shauna on said:

      Beautifully written story of a young girl on the cusp of growing from girlhood to womanhood. Harriet, a daughter in a European family living in India, has a writer's soul, and she is thoughtful and observant. In the brief span of the book (about a year), she experiences birth, death, love, loneliness, pain and joy while she tries to understand the changes in her body and how differently she is begininng to see the world. She observes the people around her and her own life in the context of the t [...]

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