[Godden has] a genius for storytelling
Like Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca or Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind, Black Narcissus is one of those rare novels that combines huge popular appeal with emotional subtlety and literary skill
[A] beautiful novel
Godden's wonderful book sets out a complex vision of the variety, necessity and danger of desire, rendered into a story that is completely pleasurable. I envy anyone reading it for the first time.
A remarkable novel. One in a thousand
A remarkable and beautiful book
All [Godden's novels] have one important thing in common: They are beautifully and simply wrought by a woman of depth and sensitivity