In This House of Brede

In This House of Brede

Book - 1969
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Publisher: London : Macmillan, 1969.
Characteristics: 424 p.


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LisaWM_OshLib Apr 16, 2019

Another monastic classic, widow and businesswoman Philippa Talbot leaves the world to enter a cloistered convent. Character-driven, the growth - and failures - of Philippa and the other sisters are shown over many hardships, relationships, and beautiful moments.

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jaybarksdale Nov 17, 2012

If you liked this, you might try Sylvia Townsend Warner's The Corner that Held Them. It too is of life in a convent, but in 14th century England. A very different book from a very very different writer.

patienceandfortitude Oct 15, 2012

This is a fast moving novel about the lives of a community of nuns in a Benedictine monastery, just prior to and after Vatican II. It is a wonderful read, chock full of insight. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a little understanding about a unique way of living out one's faith.

Apr 26, 2011

This is a lovely novel, the story of a woman who gave up her "beautifully arranged" life for the sake of God. The author describes life in a Benedictine monastery as a great wheel of work and prayer, making this life seem very beautiful indeed. It was most interesting to compare this novel with the memoir "I leap over the wall" by Monica Baldwin, to learn that unless you are truly called to this life by God, you will not make it all the way through.

The ultimate lesson, "Nothing but the whole is good enough for God," is drawn through the whole book with lovely writing, multiple points of view, and backing and forthing through time. I could have done without Dame Veronica's story, but I suppose even that was ultimately necessary to the entire tale.

Altogether this is a beautiful book and I highly recommend it.

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Mar 20, 2014

"They had made her give herself away--and at once the inevitable answer came back. Isn't that what you came for? To give yourself away? She remembered her Solemn Profession, her vows and the moment when she had lain before the altar--a holocaust. A little thing, thought Philippa, but the greatest thing anyone can give: yourself"


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