Books: Spectacular Nunnery

BLACK NARCISSUS—Rumer Godden— Little, Brown ($2.50).

No place for a nunnery was General Toda Rai's palace at Mopu. The soaring bulk of Kanchenjunga opposite, surrounded by lesser peaks of the Himalayas, gave it far too spectacular an outlook, and no alterations could remove the memories of the women for whom it had been built. Nevertheless, the squat little general's offer was gratefully accepted by an Anglican sisterhood. Why the nuns left before the rains came, Rumer Godden tells in Black Narcissus.

Sister Clodagh, the Superior, found no trouble in keeping herself and the other four nuns busy. Anxious to help, the general bribed...

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