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Ever since the publication of Black Narcissus in 1939, Godden has been regarded as one of the finest and subtlest of writers. Introducing her work to a new generation of readers, this novel tells of the youngest new recruit to the Midland City Ballet who has been invited on the Italian tour. With poignancy and perception, Godden reveals a girl's unforeseen awakening to a c...more
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Jenne

Well that was a weird little book. Really, it's almost exactly the same book as A Company of Swans but with bonus Evil Lesbian and approx 63% less charm.
Mark McKenna
Rumer Godden, the author of "Pippa Passes," was a lovely British writer of a generation ago. Author of more than sixty novels, Godden was born in 1907, lived for a time in India, and had a ballet studio before starting her writing career. She died at the age of 90 on November 8, 1998, in England.

Pippa is Pippa Fane, a young dancer in the ballet corps taking her first trip -- to Venice -- with London's Midlands City Ballet. "Pippa Passes" was published in 1994 so Godden must have been in her mid-...more
Jane
“What immediately caught me were the small sketches in the margin, sketches of a water city I had dimly known of but had not visualised. here were domes, towers, pinnacles, arches, stone bridges, small stone-flagged alleyways – it seemed there was not one spacious street; glimpses of canals, big and little with boats, endless boats, barges, many of them long, graceful, elongated craft steered by a man standing on the stern with a single oar; sketches of markets on the canal banks, of a wide lago...more
Nan
A "coming-of-age" book that begins in innocence, only hinting at a darker future, and ends in the complexities of early adulthood, with a timeframe of about a week. It's also a reminder that danger and that which rescues us from danger can be closely related. The author uses a device I'd never noticed before--relating the thoughts of a character and then quoting another in what he/she would've said had the thoughts been spoken aloud. Clever way to let the reader in on things.
Kate
Abrupt little tale that starts off seeming too old fashioned for its time period and then suddenly turns cynical. The characters are flat and unlikeable. However, it made me want to go to Venice and eat.
Barb
Seventeen-year-old Phillipa, “Pippa”, is a ballet dancer in a British troupe visiting Venice. Über-talented both in dance and voice, Pippa has led the sheltered life of a cloistered and protected performing arts student, so her first trip abroad, and to romantic Venice at that, finds her wide-eyed and naïve. She immediately encounters a handsome young gondolier, and falls deeply in love. He is attracted in turn, but his motivations are slightly different than purely romantic.

In the meantime, Pip...more
Ruth Seeley
I'd like to read some more Godden - there are some nice subtleties in this one relating to youth, coming of age, and finding one's way despite the not necessarily well-meaning intervention of one's elders. Sadly in this one I don't think she really comes to grip with any of the characters - the omniscient third-person narrator approach means we view Pippa from a distance and from the outside, and that's true of all the characters. It may be a case of telling, not showing - I'm not sure. Certainl...more
Linda
Phillipa Fane, 17, the youngest dancer in the Midlands City Ballet is chosen to go on an Italian tour. In Venice, she meets Nicolo, a young gondolier, and the family that employs him. When the Ballet Mistress, Angharad Fullerton, makes unwanted sexual advances to Pippa, it is to Nicolo and his employers that she turns for help. There is a lot here on the workings of a ballet company on tour; they danced at the Teatro La Fenice, the historic opera house that was in the news briefly in January '96...more
Maggie
May 07, 2014 Maggie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Pippa is startled to find herself chosen to dance with her ballet company on an international tour. While in Venice, she is selected to dance a special part designed with her in mind. She meets a handsome gondolier who hears her beautiful voice and decides she is perfect for his band.

A delightful lark of a story.

And I’ve had this book for a mere two years.
Ruby Hollyberry
A minor novel of the author's - she has written many that are deeper and more amazing - but every note is in harmony. A ballerina novel, a coming-of-age novel, and a lovely visit to the Italy dreamers dream of.
Arlene
A coming of age novel with many lessons learned by Pippa as she embarks on her career as a ballerina in Venice.
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Nov 16, 2008 Gloria added it
I did not care for this book.
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She was born in Sussex, England, but grew up in India, in Narayanganj. Many of her 60 books are set in India. Black Narcissus was made into a famous movie with Deborah Kerr in 1947.

Godden wrote novels, poetry, plays, biographies, and books for children.

For more information, see the official website: Rumer Godden
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