- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (17 Sept. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330323687
- ISBN-13: 978-0330323680
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,104,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Peacock Spring Paperback – Unabridged, 17 Sep 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
Even so, I give 'The Peacock Spring' three stars because it held me engrossed for a day until I had finished it, and because it reminded me of when I was fourteen and in love for the first time - that sense of 'us against the world' and of being more mature than adults realise.
The author's new preface (in the 1992 edition) told too much about what was to come, so I would recommend NOT reading it until one has finished the book. Perhaps it would have been better published as an addendum.
I found this novel to be magnificently written and very hard to put down. As Rumer spent many years in India she writes with absolute authority and all the characters are convincing. Her style is deceptively easy but in a few well-constructed lines of prose she can create India with all its sounds and smells in your minds eye. She plays with the reader, sometimes you dislike Alix, sometimes you sympathize with her. It tackles some tough subjects and really tightens up the tension towards the end.
In short, a magnificent novel and a masterpiece that deserves to be better known.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was slightly disappointed as expected something a big stronger from this author, though I did enjoy readying the book.Published 17 months ago by S F Canfield
I've been re-reading a bunch of Rumer Godden recently. She's dated rather badly, I'm afraid.Published 23 months ago by hummingbee
This was one of the few Rumer Godden novels that I had not read. How could I have missed it! Loved the story, loved the very atmosphere of it - the pages brought everything to... Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2013 by Helen Hollick
I bought this because the rest of my book club were reading The Greengage Summer, one of my all time favouritess. However I didn't like this one nearly as much. Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2013 by Alison 46
As you would expect of a Rumer Godden novel, this was a fascinating tale. Take it on holiday, or lose yourself for a weekend.Published on 6 Jun. 2013 by Fred Everett
quite compulsive reading I think I had heard bits on the radio it was good to fill in the gapsPublished on 28 May 2013 by margaret sheils