A House with Four Rooms

Thinking about this passage -- the epigraph of Rumer Godden's memoir, A House with Four Rooms:

"There is an Indian proverb or axiom that says that everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but, unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person."


  1. You knew I would love this didn't you? I do love this....Now, I must read the book. Thanks!

  2. It's such a great idea. Godden's memoir is good, but I love her short novels: The River (tragic), and An Episode of Sparrows. Her children's story, Holly and Ivy, is also charming.

  3. My comment disappeared -- weird!

    What I said was, although I've read A HOUSE WITH FOUR ROOMS, her novels are what I've really loved. THE RIVER, and AN EPISODE OF SPARROWS are my favorites. Among her children's books, THE STORY OF HOLLY AND IVY is really charming. I'd love to see her version of The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle, but it's out of print!


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