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read kindle ´ The River Ò µ 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 shatteredHarriet is between two worlds Her sister is no longer a playmate her brother is still a chi 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 uestions 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 uality about the setting a garden by the edge of a river Like the garden of Eden it has a tree a great cork tree and it also has a snakeIn the opening pages we meet Harriet who longs to be special to be something great in the world She writes poetry and misses her sister Bea who is already in her teens beautiful and swiftly growing away Harriet left on her own tries playing with her younger brother but Bogey is interested in ants and the snake than any games Harriet might want to play Victoria the youngest of the siblings is too young to be much company either So Harriet dreams writes in her secret book and spends long hours communing with her cork tree and the river Into this garden comes a man a soldier an amputee who had been tortured as a prisoner of war and managed to escape the enemy but not the wounds to his body and spirit Captain John finds healing in the garden and in the company of the children And perhaps there is Harriet notices how often and how carefully John looks at Bea The story unfolds over one winter as the garden blooms with the cooling weather Rumer Godden has a kind of genius for taking us inside the minds of children She also has a gift for lyrical descriptions of nature The slow gentle story of Harriet's growing up is well done and the darker undercurrents keep up enough suspense that I raced my way towards the finish perhaps too uickly to really savor the poetry Three and a half stars Not uite as strong as The Greengage Summer or An Episode of Sparrows or Godden's other India book The Peacock Spring but still well worth a readContent rating G Some mild discussion of puberty and one rather terrifying event but overall a clean read

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Ld The comforting rhythm of her Indian childhood the noise of the jute works the festivals Subtle atmospheric writing which captures the inuisitive nature of childhood with wonderful ease Thoughtful skilled and moving A tender gem

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The RiverThat accompany each season and the eternal ebb and flow of the river is about to be shatter This wasn't an enjoyable read The characters were irritating and annoying and I couldn't feel any connection to them Through most of the book I couldn't sense any genuine kindness In the afterward it said it held humor but I didn't laugh anywhere in the book The writing was choppy too