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Rungli-Rungliot {Thus Far and No Further}

Rungli-Rungliot {Thus Far and No Further}

Rumer Godden

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Memoir, Non-fiction

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(Paperback | ISBN 9789385288395 | 176 pages | August 2015)

Summary

In the 1940s, as the Second World War raged elsewhere, author Rumer Godden lived for a year in Rungli-Rungliot—an isolated tea estate three thousand feet down the mountain from Darjeeling—with her two daughters, their nanny Giovanna, and four Pekinese. Rungli-Rungliot, which means ‘Thus Far and No Further’, is a memory of the time Godden spent there.

In this journal, Godden records her days in spare, unadorned words: the endless, driving rain of monsoon and the impossibility of staying dry; seeing her daughters anew, and finding that she has perhaps never seen them at all; sowing an autumn garden that refuses to heed direction; the extreme solitude, which strips the material world away and lets the spirit soar; an almost aborted Christmas; and the eternal snows of the Kanchenjunga and Pandim peaks, which look on at everything in serenity.

Lyrical, and suffused with gentle melancholy, Rungli-Rungliot evokes a precise sense of place. This book is perfect for lovers of the mountains and the quiet, meditative life.

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About the author

Rumer Godden

Rumer Godden (1907-1998) was an acclaimed author of over sixty books of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Born in England, she and her siblings grew up in Narayanganj, India and she later spent many years living in Calcutta and Kashmir. Many of her bestselling novels, including Black Narcissus and The River were made […]

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