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Mount St. Gabriel’s é um dos mais prestigiados colégios femininos americanos. Cada ano letivo vê chegar novos rostos e dita um novo equilíbrio na hierarquia social da escola. No outono de 1951, uma das turmas destaca-se pela excelência e singularidade, duas características que, juntas, são potencialmente imprevisíveis. Apenas a jovem professora Kate Malloy e a rígida matriMount St. Gabriel’s é um dos mais prestigiados colégios femininos americanos. Cada ano letivo vê chegar novos rostos e dita um novo equilíbrio na hierarquia social da escola. No outono de 1951, uma das turmas destaca-se pela excelência e singularidade, duas características que, juntas, são potencialmente imprevisíveis. Apenas a jovem professora Kate Malloy e a rígida matriarca da escola, a madre Suzanne Ravenel, se apercebem de que as espera um ano invulgar. Não poderiam, claro, imaginar até que ponto a história do próprio colégio se alteraria.Tudo começa quando Tildy Stratton, a incontestada líder da turma, abandona a sua fiel aliada, Maud, para se aproximar de Chloe Starnes, uma nova aluna que ficou recentemente órfã após a morte prematura e misteriosa da mãe. Esta amizade preenche um vazio nas vidas das duas jovens e põe em marcha uma série de acontecimentos que vão ameaçar a delicada harmonia da escola e mudar para sempre a vida de todos.Cinquenta anos depois, com o colégio há muito encerrado, a madre Ravenel recorda esse ano, cruzando passado e presente, numa derradeira tentativa de se reconciliar com as origens trágicas daquele que ficaria conhecido com "o ano tóxico"....

Title : O Colégio de Todos os Segredos
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O Colégio de Todos os Segredos Reviews

  • Jeanette
    2018-10-17 18:05

    I read the Advanced Reader's Edition, which I won here on Good Reads. The book is due out on December 29. The letter that came with the book encourages me to "share candid thoughts with fellow readers" on Good Reads. Okey doke. My candid thoughts, coming right up. Gail Godwin is certainly one of the queens of character development. She takes you deep into the minds and motivations of the people in a way few authors even attempt. In Unfinished Desires, Godwin is especially skillful in her presentation of the unlikeable characters who drive the events. Some of them you start out liking but end up hating after you compare their public persona with their real selves. Having also read Father Melancholy's Daughter, I'd say this is Godwin's greatest strength as an author. She understands our psychological frailty as humans and the way we constantly replay past experiences in our minds, re-framing them to suit what we need to believe. On to the story itself. It involves events in many different time frames, all centering on a Catholic boarding school for girls in North Carolina. So there are the nunsies, the girls in their various stages of adolescent awkwardness, and the townspeople who don't trust Catholicism but respect the school. In a nutshell: Teenage girls digging up dirt about youthful indiscretions of the nuns, and nuns trying to suppress information to maintain their pristine image.There were certainly things I liked about the story. But overall impression? Scrambled eggs. Godwin was trying to tell too many people's stories, many of which were not essential to the primary plot. All the skipping around in time frames and points of view was distracting and made the whole thing feel rather muddy. I don't mind going back and forth in time, but there were too many minor threads to follow.I am not a Catholic, nor even the slightest bit religious. So no doubt a lot of the subtleties went right past me. If you're a Catholic or a boarding school attendee, you'll probably relate to more of the story and find yourself alternately chuckling and cringing in recognition. I'd say it's definitely a book for a niche market. If you've never read Gail Godwin's work, I recommend Father Melancholy's Daughter. A little slow to get through, but if you stick with it you'll ultimately appreciate its careful construction and find it quite satisfying.

  • Linda C
    2018-10-15 18:03

    This book proved to be ultimately to be a disappointment. It seemed to be a book in search of an identity. If it had been a 200 page memoir on growing up Catholic in the south, it would have been a very good book. Much of the writing was lovely and depicted the era (from 1930-1950ish) very well.However, THAT story could have been told in about 200 pages. So what occupied the remaining 200 pages? Ah, but that is the weakness in the book. The plot, loosely, centered around an event that occurred during the production of a freshman class play at a Catholic girls' school by the girls that would become the Class of 1955, interspersed with baggage from an earlier class, which included the school's headmistress, Mother Ravenel.Other books which focus on a climactic school house event generally have something that is actually climactic-- a murder, a suicide, a mass suicide, a cover-up, something, to make it feel that it was worthwhile to be reading all these extra pages. Although I was waiting, nope, nothing like that to be had-- only pages upon pages of discussion about a very bad play put on by 14 year old girls, where the climactic scene was anything but (and the book STILL went on for another 100 plus pages) and the death scene was a heart attack death of a young nun (which had been hinted at throughout the book) which could have occurred at any time, given the weakness of her heart.I wanted something dramatic to happen-- Tildy flings herself off the tower, Mother Malloy and Uncle Henry run off together, someone kills Mother Ravenel, Mother Ravenel kills someone-- something to justify the hours that I put into this book, reading, reading, reading to get to the PLAY (because you knew from early on in the book, that the climactic moment would be at the PLAY) and then-- uh, a heart attack? Tildy spray painting "Satin" (which was supposed to be Satan, but her dislexia made it come out as Satin)? There was nothing remotely exciting in this so-called pivotal scene."Unfinished Desires" is, sadly, an unfinished book.

  • Maria
    2018-10-08 18:47

    Não consegui acabar de ler. Não me estava a prender minimamente. E é pena, porque a sinopse prometia... Mas com tantos livros que tenho para ler, não vale a pena forçar

  • Faith
    2018-10-19 16:43

    By the time I finished reading this novel, I didn't particularly care for any of the characters. I didn't dislike them all, but I found them annoying. I was looking for a noble character -- not necessarily bigger than life. Ordinary is fine, but even those characters who showed potential to be bigger than life, in the end, were just very ordinary, interesting only in the way observing strangers is interesting.Unfinished Desires is the story of a pivotal year in the life of Mother Ravenel. The story goes back and forth between 2001 and 1952. Suzanne Ravenel is writing her memoir of the school and we jump back to the memories she apparently is having a difficult time writing.The school girls of 1952 are probably not unlike schoolgirls of today, though less sophisticated. In this private Catholic school, they are typically smart and self important, but no wiser than girls of the same age anywhere, any time. Unfortunately, Mother Ravenel, headmistress and former student at the school, was only slightly ahead of her students in 1952, concerning self importance and snobbishness. This is apparent as everything leads to the fateful play at the end of the school year. We see it not as Mother Ravenel would have written it, but as it happened, without the one sided emotional content.This is a marvelously titled book. As I think on what happened in the story, it becomes clear that, the letdown and disappointment are possibly intentional. Learning about the characters at the end of the novel, in 2001, was a lot like finding old school friends on Facebook. Some turned out to be very different than expected and other were just more like they were in school. We all imagine we will end up the remarkable one, but we are lucky to live up to the modest expectations of us. Learning what happened with the play and seeing the older women in 2001 made me ask what the point was. It's something to think about. Godwin's writing is lovely and I enjoyed reading, but over all, the book was a bit disappointing to me.

  • Neide Parafitas
    2018-09-26 18:10

    Mount St. Gabriel's é um colégio feminino de prestígio. Todos os anos lectivos conta uma história... mas a aqui retratada data de 1951, um ano terrível que despoletou uma série de acontecimentos que vieram a alterar profundamente a história do colégio!Alternando o passado com o presente, a história é-nos contada pela madre Suzanne Ravenel que tenta reconciliar-se com as dramáticas origens do que ficou conhecido por "ano tóxico".Este é um livro para ser lido com calma e paciência. Apesar de considerar que as personagens são interessantes e de estas estarem bem caracterizadas pela autora, tenho a apontar como ponto negativo o facto de durante quase todo o livro não termos qualquer vislumbre do que se passou nesse ano designado de "tóxico", pelo que em grande parte do livro senti que a história era muito "banal"! Não deixa de ser um livro que recomendo, contudo com algumas reservas.

  • switterbug (Betsey)
    2018-09-25 22:08

    This is a mature, adult book about adolescent girl behavior. Not since Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye have I read such a powerful novel about teenage feminine conformity, coercion, betrayal, jealousy, secrets, and love. Godwin creates a labyrinth that begins with a simple layer and gradually builds to a complex and knotted snare. I was pulled in from the opening pages as this rich, multi-generational tapestry is woven as if from the loom. The book never loses steam, and the lyrical rhythm amplifies as the story builds. Godwin designed an absolutely beautiful brocade of a book. She sublimely and organically explores the conscious, unconscious, and subconscious layers of the human mind and all its dark and light attributes while she braids a tale of intrigue, desire, and loss from the fabric of memory.The central narrative is the school year of 1951-52 at a Catholic boarding school, Mount St. Gabriel's, in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Mother "Suzanne" Ravenel, age 85, is reaching back and writing her memoir in 2001 of her time as a student and then headmistress of the now defunct school. She is plagued by events that occurred that one year, especially after her freshman girls staged the annual spring play and brought buried secrets into the performance. She feels stuck and unable to write about that time. Memories--how they are interpreted and relived and revived by the people who remember them--that is the primary theme that this intricate web and convoluted story is built upon. Their unfinished desires, a key element of each person's intimate story (and of course the title of this book), is subsumed and sometimes emotionally tampered by various interpretations of past events.Godwin uses several narrative devices with ease. Developments are non-linear and yet not confusing, and she uses several perspectives, along and within the third-person voice, to tell the complete story. There is Mother Ravenel at her tape recorder or walking with other nuns at the retirement home, contemplating her past and receding into her future. Interspersed with that is the story of that "toxic" year and the girls at the boarding school--shy and recently orphaned Chloe, who talks to her dead mother and draws pictures that explain mysterious incidents; Maud, the enigmatic, elusive and beautiful daughter of a broken home; and Tildy, the assertive ringleader and undiagnosed dyslexic who switched best friends that year from Maud to Chloe and added tension to the clusters of girls.Tildy's sister, Madeline, animates the narrative with her grounded and giving nature. Their acid-tongued mother, Cornelia, a former classmate of Mother Ravenel, adds history and a fiendish dose of doubt and a wicked but droll perspective. She is contemptuous of Suzanne and imparts her derisiveness to her daughters. Cornelia's twin sister, Anotnia, was Mother Ravenel's best friend when they were students at Mount St. Gabriel's, and their shared history is the source of many of the secrets and future scorn by Cornelia. Then there is Mother "Kate" Malloy, the young teacher and protégé of Mother Ravenel. She is pale, beautiful, and empathic, and a fortress for the teenage girls. She claimed her vocation at an early age, but she also identifies with the tumult of her students.A handful of the male characters are also dimensional and integral to the story. In any sprawling novel there will also be a few paper-thin walk-ons or mere vehicles for some larger purpose, and Godwin's is no exception. Often, she mirrors the scope and tone of Dickens, especially with her male characters.We also move forward in time through some epistolary passages, which add a surprising twist and intrigue to the tale. As Godwin switches perspectives, we are carried effortlessly through the story. This is a difficult task for many authors to pull off, but Godwin engages us instantly from moment to moment, even as she changes time and perspective and narrative mode. The story deepens as the pages turn. I found myself in a kind of wonderment when the story was about 2/3 of the way through. I realized that this initially straightforward story, a story that could have become a sappy melodrama in lesser hands, had evolved into this monster of an organism with knotty, knuckled tentacles that surround and imbibe the heart. What is outward about this story is also latent and hidden. There are many submerged facets of this tale that pour into your psyche with a subliminal but fierce gusto.Unfinished Desires is a dense but very accessible novel. It is not a "quick read" kind of book for the beach. It is a novel you savor and read as it is intended--closely and with its gradual, exalted rhythm. It is a quiet squall, a subdued tempest. The driving action is mostly psychological. It is masterful but not perfect. The last few pages, although revealing, felt a little tacked on, without sufficient roots. However, it doesn't weaken the overall novel, which delivers a sterling tale of humanity, warts and all.

  • Patricia
    2018-10-11 21:42

    I have been reading Gail Godwin's novels for almost 40 years, and I'm very sorry to say that I was somewhat disappointed by this one.Unfinished Desiresis a novel that spans more than 50 years, from the early 1950s to post-9/11. When the book begins, Mother Suzanne Ravenal, now retired, an octogenarian and nearly blind, looks back on her years as the headmistress of Mount St. Gabriel's, a Catholic girls' school in North Carolina. The school has been closed for ten years, and one of her former students encourages Mother Ravenal to write a memoir about Mount St. Gabriel's. Mother Ravenal begins dictating her memories into a tape recorder, but grows increasingly reluctant to continue with the project when she recalls the troubled class of 1955.Most of the action takes place during the 1951-52 school term, focusing on the fifteen girls who were freshmen during that time. The novel moves back and forth in time, as Mother Ravenal also remembers her own years as a student at Mount St. Gabriel's during the late 1920s and early 1930s. Several of the students in the freshman class during the autumn of 1951 are the daughters of girls who attended school with Suzanne. There is some "bad blood" between Mother Ravenal and Cornelia Stratton, whose daughter Tildy is now a member of the freshman class. Tildy is one of the most influential students in her class, a natural leader. Chloe, a new student who enrolls at the school that fall, is still grieving for her mother, who died a few months ago under mysterious circumstances. Chloe goes to live with her uncle Henry following her mother's death. She becomes Tildy's best friend after Tildy dumps her former best friend, Maud Norton. During the second semester, Mother Ravenal puts Tildy in charge of directing the school play as a way of channeling the girl's natural abilities and energy. Things come to a head when the freshman class stages a new production of "The Red Nun," a play written by Mother Ravenal when she was a student. Things never are the same after the play is performed. The book spends a lot of time discussing the school's early history and how myths sprang up around certain prominent individuals, such as the school's founder and the student who inspired the Red Nun. I think that Godwin created some interesting characters in the novel, but the ones who drive the plot are not necessarily the most likable or sympathetic ones. Mother Kate Malloy, a young, patient and kindly nun, is hired by Mother Ravenal when the former ninth grade teacher takes on other duties. Just like the squeaky wheel, the difficult or troubled personalities get "the most grease" here, with the exception of Mother Malloy.Mother Ravenal, with her considerable ambition and energy, might have been better off if she had been given a wider sphere of influence than a small Catholic girls' school in the mountains of North Carolina. She tries to exert her will on her students through control and manipulation and gets a nasty surprise when some of them use the same tactics on her. Another problem is the novel's loose structure, as it meanders back and forth between the present day and the past. There's a lot of repetition and heavy foreshadowing, and the plot becomes fairly predictable as a result. We already have a good idea of what will happen before events finally play themselves out. Because the last few chapters weren't as predictable as the rest of the novel, I enjoyed them more.

  • Diane
    2018-10-07 22:09

    This is the first novel I've read by this author, and although I loved the setting, and the novel is beautifully written, it was not an easy read.Briefly, the story begins in 2001, Mother Suzanne Ravenel is an 85 year old, former headmistress of Mount St. Gabriel's, Roman Catholic boarding school for girls. The school was founded in 1910, and closed in 1990, and the school is located in the mountains of North Carolina. The school serves as the background for the well written novel.Mother Suzanne Ravenel attended the school in the 1920s, and is recruited to write a memoir and record the history of the school. As she reflects back some 50 years, she is haunted by the events that occurred during one particularly "toxic year", 1951-1952. It was the year she became the headmistress of the school were prominent families for generations sent their daughters. What happened that "toxic year" involving a group of ninth grade girls, and those responsible for their education, causes even the nuns to wrestle with their own demons from the past, about such issues as faith, love and their chosen vocation.MY THOUGHTS - Most of the story is told from the third person point of view of the many characters involved, except for Mother Ravenel. The story covers shifting time periods and points of view, and at times I felt that the characters and their relationships with others, was very confusing. This book took me about one month to complete, because I found that I needed to read it very slowly in order to understand what was going on. I actually thought about abandoning this 400 page novel, but I am glad that I hung in there. In the end, it was worth it. Unfinished Desires touches on so many themes: families, friendships, power struggles, buried memories, but the most important theme was that of forgiveness -- forgiving others as well as ourselves. RECOMMENDED

  • Callie
    2018-10-13 23:58

    This one is not for the faint of heart. All-girls Catholic school, the important action taking place in the 1950s. The machinations of 'mean girls' in ninth grade. Oh, it will take you back, my friends, back to when you were fourteen. Do you really want to revisit those days? You were either one of the queen bees inflicting pain on others or you were being tormented by your domineering best friend or you were too popular or you wanted desperately to be more popular or SOMETHING. But things were not right with the world. You were insecure. You may have been anorexic or pimple-faced, or brace-faced or had bad hair or were maturing too fast or too slow, whatever it was, I know that fourteen was probably not a great year for you. Your stomach will probably churn a little as you page through this one. I thought the character of Tildy was particularly well-drawn, and in fact, it was fun to read a book which had so many strong female characters. Godwin does describe the complexity of female friendships very well. There are lots of pairs of women in this book and the plot unfolds slowly. For most of the slow unfolding I was a patient and willing reader. However, towards about page 350 or so, I started to think that the pace needed to speed a little. Also, the climax after that long build did not deliver the punch I had hoped. It was a bit flat. And, there were plot points that were repeated, I'm not sure why she felt it was important to do this. It was a distraction. Maybe the book could have done with one more revision?

  • Sara
    2018-10-08 21:43

    Gail Godwin’s Unfinished Desires is in the league with some of her best work (for instance my favorite Evensong). Desires is set nearly entirely in an elite Catholic Girl’s school only its time frame spans nearly a century. We get the perspective and stories of the schools inception into 2008 and those who shaped the school’s history (a lot of nuns, girls, and parents). Only we don’t get the story chronologically, but instead Godwin builds up a little momentum settling with one time period and narrator, and then almost arbitrarily shifts years and points of view. Not only does it get frustrating to read at times but also drags out the story so that it limps and staggers in places. All of the story’s dramatic action culminates in a play put on by the 1951 9th grade class, but we know that very early on in the book, and Godwin sure takes her time bringing the play into her story. The book manages to redeem itself through its compulsive readability. Godwin is a classically gifted storyteller and this exploration of the teenage girl dynamic gives her plenty of substance to work with. Godwin’s plotlines may be more subtle then other contemporary fiction authors, but her characterization and imagery do not fail to engage. One thing you can count on from any of her novels is that they will be a good read, Unfinished Desires is no exception. Fan should be pleased, and this novel is an excellent start for those unfamiliar with the considerable Godwin. With this delicate and complex novel Godwin adds to bookshelf of modern literary classics.

  • Margarida
    2018-10-05 19:50

    3,5* para ser mais justa! Gostei da escrita da autora, gostei das personagens e a estória em si, apesar de um começo um pouco lento, acaba por nos envolver...

  • Dee
    2018-10-02 21:04

    This novel about a private Catholic girl's school in an imaginary town in North Carolina in the Smokies is lovely. Godwin creates a wonderful 20th century world of girls, nuns, and their families. Generations of girls, (at least three are followed) go to this school. The history of the school is being writen by the retired headmistress after the school has been closed in the '90's. A big secret, (the headmistress and her best friend exchanged a passionate kiss when they were students (Seniors?) Until that moment, both girls had been determined to enter the convent togethr as postuluates. After the kiss, one of them, a twin, gave up her "vocation," married and was killed in Italy on her honeymoon. Her twin sister, who never knew why her sister gave up her vocation, always hated Mother Ravenal, (the sister who kissed, and has become theheadmistress of the school, Mount St. Gavriel's of Mountain City, North Carolina.This story winds back and forth between the present, where Mother Ravenal is attempting to write the history of the school, and events that took place during the 1951 freshman class, and the 1930 graduating class. The '51 class is putting on a play that Mother Ravenal wrote for her 1930 graduating class. The hating twin sister isthe mother of Tildy, the rambuctious freshman who M. Ravenal appoints director oft "The Red Nun." for the class of '51.The end of the book brings all the threads together, as classmates ofthe '51 class reconnect in 2008, and finally figure out what happened during the last aact ofthe play. Immediately after the play, Tildy and her unwitting accomplice, Maud, are expelled from the school and lose touch with each other. Choloe, the other main character is taken to Europe by her uncle Henry.The story is a wonderful evocation of a Catholic boarding school. Even though the main characters are day students, and most ofthe story does not really tell the day-to-day lives of the students during the school year (as do the Harry Potter books) the sense of what it must have been like --- with Mothr Malloy their teacher (who dies at the end of the story from unsuspected heart trouble---adding to the trouble in which these three girls find themselves. Following the nuns as they pray, searching their lives for where they have "allowed God into their lives" and where Evil might have existed during each day --- their Examen. The lives of sisterhood appear to have dissapated into the ether with the Vatican II and 60's revolutions. I wonder if any of these orders even exist anymore?The homosexual theme that quietly plays in the background. This kiss between two close friends who have decided to dedicate their lives to God. One leaaves the school and the friendship, apparantly without ever telling the other why. The 50's kids, Tildy and Maud find a note she started to her friend tucked in the back of a math book boxed away after her death. Never sent. One other sentence very late in the book brings up the thought in Antonia's mind that the possibility of besmirching their vows to God with human passion was a betrayal she could not contemplate.The lives of the girls from the 50's was handled very well. Having lived in that decade as a teenager, I felt she "got" the handling of sex and girl friendships just right. Especially the way, when things feel apart that night of the play, how their adults stepped in and took control. The girls reported feeling like chess pawns, placed where they should be to stop the catastrophe. They were not consulted: they were just placed. (Except for Cloe, whose wonderful Uncle Henry took her to Europe AFTER CONSULTING HER FEELINGS.)

  • Mardel
    2018-10-21 16:12

    I loved this book. Within this book is three stories, covering three timelines, cleverly weaved into one story. It's very easy to follow, as the author clearly notes which time and about who you are reading.The main characters Mother Suzanne, Mother Malloy, Tildy, Madeline, Chloe, Henry Vick, Maude, and a few others all have very strong voices, and are all very different people. We learn about each character little by little as the book progresses, not only through their own pov, but through each of the character's pov. There were times when I almost hated a couple of the characters, and at the same time could feel empathy for their ways and decisions. Not one of the characters were a completely perfect person, and yet not one of them were completely horrible either.The main part of this story takes place in 1951-1952 during a fateful freshman year at the Mount St.Gabriels all-girls school. There is a secondary story that takes place, mostly in the memories of a few of the main characters, and another section that deals with the later years of these students and staff.Mother Suzanne is asked by some of her previous students to write a memoir of the school when she is 85 years old. She is at that time retired and nearly blind. In her memories and thoughts you learn of her beginnings at the school, her friendships, how she becomes Mother Ravenal and what happens with a freshman class of 1951-51.We also get quite a few other points of view during the year of 1951-1952 as well as in the decade of 2001 through 2007.I love the way Gail Godwin has mapped out this book. It was great the way each section had different timelines in it, and how we slowly learned about the lives and loves of all these characters. There is humor, tragedy, sadness, unrequited love, love and hope all woven together in this excellant book.This is a book that I will recommend to many of my friends. I also now want to read more books by Gail Godwin. I read one of her books many, many years ago, and it was wonderful to be remindend of what a great writer Gail Godwin is. I'll be searching out some of her previous books now. This will make an excellant holiday gift to a reader.

  • Patrícia
    2018-09-22 18:00

    Por entre segredos e mistérios, um colégio privado devoto a Deus tenta controlar a maçã podre escondida dentro de um cesto opulento e gracioso. Mas quando um grupo de jovens senhoras está em causa, uma turma que tanto tem de precioso como de singular, de inteligência como de mesquinhez, acertar na maçã certa será um desafio. Infelizmente, quando esta é descoberta, demasiado tempo passou e imensas desgraças tomaram o seu curso. Muitos destinos alterados, muitas medidas drásticas formadas. Porém, uma questão permanece: o que foi que aconteceu a todas estas mulheres?‹‹O Colégio de Todos os Segredos›› é um romance espantosamente bem escrito, que cativa o leitor logo ao fim da primeira página. Com um tom único e familiar, faz-nos recordar momentos do passado – de quando éramos meras crianças e queríamos ser algo mais, de quando nos sentávamos a escutar «as histórias que a nossa avó contava» ou de quando simplesmente sonhávamos mais alto, desejávamos mais alto, e fazíamos tudo com uma intensidade e irreverência rebelde que, hoje em dia, damos conta de que nos escapou por entre os dedos. Posso dizer que Gail Godwin é fantástica na forma como consegue simplificar, com palavras, um enredo profundamente intricado e reflectido, dotado de toda uma série de nuances e caminhos, vozes e vidas independentes. É simples e puramente maravilhoso percorrer todos estes rostos, estas pequenas hilaridades e traquinices de jovens crianças, estas chegadas à frente, tomadas de posse e de liderança e, claro, presenciar todos estes receios, mistérios e medos de mulheres adultas que lutam por manter secretos esses devaneios que, numa «vida passada» as moldaram e modificaram. Como um romance de mulheres para mulheres, ‹‹O Colégio de Todos os Segredos›› é o livro que a perseguirá quando não o estiver a ler, que a fará não aguentar mais por lhe pegar e, acima de tudo, que a transportará numa viagem alucinante pela religião, perdão, amor e amizade, na voz única que é a de Godwin.Opinião completa, em:http://pedacinho-literario.blogspot.c...

  • Leslie
    2018-10-20 22:48

    The scope of Unfinished Desires is simultaneously epic and claustrophobic. Set at a Catholic girls' school in the North Carolina mountains, the novel traces the lives of several of the students in the 1950s, their families, and the nuns who run the school. Using a somewhat common plot device, Godwin sends the reader back in time and into the future to understand her characters and the impact of their relationships and choices. It works as much more than a gimmick in this case: the students, teachers, and the families in town are all haunted by various events in the recent and distant past; some attempt to live above their grudges, some destructively indulge them, some do both. About midway through reading, I felt pretty antsy--I was ready for something to HAPPEN already. But this book's strength is in its subtlety and restraint. The reader can see what's coming a hundred pages away, which I think is intentional so that when the climax occurs, we have been squirming in uncomfortable anticipation of how exactly it will play out. There aren't any cheap twists or shocking plot threads--the fullness of the characters and their carefully crafted lives don't need it. Read this book with patience and thoughtfulness, and you will be rewarded.

  • Kathleen
    2018-09-29 18:54

    I read this with my book group, which met to discuss on December 12, so that's the date I "finished" this book, hearing the reactions of others added to my own. As one group member put it, "Not my favorite Godwin." Her favorite is Evensong, which we also read with the group, and I also liked Evensong and Father Melancholy's Daughter better. In all of these books, there is great compassion for all kinds of people--a sort of tolerance and forgiveness for human flaws and foibles, even as some characters seek to fight or escape bad behavior or maybe evil.I found Unfinished Desires to be burdened by obvious exposition, which was repeated by more than one character. When I read the acknowledgments at the end I understood that she had based the book on an actual history of an institution/place and this is probably what constricted her style and maybe even her plot.I did, however, care about the people. This book reminded me that everyone has reasons for what they do, and that people can change. Some people can change. Even if it takes a long time, and their motives are not exactly pure!

  • Debbie
    2018-09-25 20:01

    I gave this book 4 stars because the writing was exceptional. Godwin does an amazing job of developing these characters and bringing their personalities to life. This was no simple undertaking given that this story was filled with larger than life personalities that jumped off the page and grabbed your attention. Every character, dead or alive, spent time in the spotlight and fought for the reader's attention. I found the early passages of Mother Ravenel's memoir a little tedious and boring but as her dictations continued the story became more interesting. I enjoyed the flashback interactions between Tildy and her schoolmates most of all. She was truly a love her or hate her character. The thing that was missing for me was the feeling of identifying with the story and/or the characters. While the story was well written and beautifully crafted, it left me with an "eh, so what" feeling at the end. I certainly appreciated the artistry and craft of this story but missed the connection to the characters. I left it feeling sort of hollow and glad that I was done.

  • judy
    2018-10-01 22:56

    I was so excited reading this book. I had forgotten what a remarkable writer Goodwin is. Her character development is second to none. The complexity of the characters and their interaction had that all important book club word "Discussable" woven into every line. I wanted to talk about this female coming-of-age novel with a room full of intelligent women. I could imagine us still debating as we walked out the door. My euphoria continued until the end of the book--or what I thought was the end. I turned that final page and realized that there were still some pages left. To avoid a spoiler I'll just say that I thought the remaining pages were a mistake. Not only did I not need to know the information they contained, they took the meticulously created world in which I was immersed and rendered it pathetically mundane. I don't regret reading the book but, over time, I hope I forget those concluding pages.

  • E
    2018-09-22 21:11

    Although I cringe at the title, better suited for a heaving-bosom cover, this book cements my earlier belief that no one--with the possible exception of Margaret Atwood inCat's Eye--better understands or depicts the complex horror of teenage/adolescent female friendships than Godwin. Friendships that can turn on a dime, that can be the epitome of loyalty or of betrayal--all within a single day's time. Godwin creates such a detailed, believable setting in the nun-run girls' school located in the NC mountains in a former resort hotel. Characters vicious and clever, wicked and admirable, lovable and cringe-worthy, some forever stalled in unrepentant non-self-awareness (Tildy, Ravenel). Grab a bottle of wine--or a beaker of scotch--and settle into this book like a soothing tub of hot water.

  • Lauren
    2018-09-24 00:09

    This novel is based on Godwin's own experiences at a Catholic day school in North Carolina. The retired headmistress is writing a memoir /historyof the school and is drawn back to a certain incident in the early 1950s that caused the expulsion of several students as well as her own leave of absence. But it is as much about the relationships between women - mothers and daughters, teachers and students, and the passionate friendships that exist between adolscent girls. In some ways, it is a very conventional novel, in others, a surprising and penetrating look at how power manifests itself in those same relationships and how religion was one way that women could empower themselves, even within the confines of a traditional church. There are also shadows of other great novels about teachers - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie comes to mind.

  • Sharon Stockham
    2018-09-24 18:00

    I picked this book up used because the author's name resonated. It seems I had read "A Mother and Two Daughters" and "The Finishing School" in the past. This story takes place in a Catholic high school in the mountains of North Carolina. It spans three generations of students, focusing on the school's matriarch. The story moves between the memoisr of the school she is writing and the mothers and daughters who were students in 1931 and 1952. Taken from the jacket: "In Unfinished Dreams" a beloved author delivers a gorgeous new novel in which thwarted desires are passed on for generations--and captures the rare moment when a soul breaks free." It bogged down a bit mid-story, hence the lack of the 5th star. But a fascinating book for me (a Protestant) to read.

  • Lenoir
    2018-10-20 20:48

    Despite the length of time it took me to read this book I really did like it. This was a pretty complex story that jumps back and forth in time and between narrators. In the beginning I got a little confused about who was who because there is a very large cast. Ultimately, this is the story of a nun who is the retired former head of a Catholic school. She was asked to write a memoir of the school had finally deal with some events from her past. The changes in point of view where excellent for making you question your own feelings for her. In the end I wasn't really sure if I was supposed to like her or not. I don't think she and I would have gotten along.

  • Krob
    2018-09-28 16:53

    Although I ordinarily enjoy books about schools and boarding schools in particular, this book really failed to deliver a very good story. The novel toggles between the memoirs of a retired Mother Superior of a girls' school in 1951 and the current lives of the characters. It also occasionally delves back to the girlhood of the Mother Superior. I disliked the back and forth narrative; it wasn't done very well. The story could have been much better.

  • Jana
    2018-09-24 17:58

    I like this author's style of writing. She is very talented at creating and describing characters. Although I was enjoying the book, I decided to stop reading when there was a lesbian kiss which involved one of the nuns (before she became a nun.) I just thought that was completely unnecessary. I was afraid where the book was headed, so I just stopped reading.

  • Heather Middlebrooks
    2018-10-18 17:50

    I did not think it was written well. It went from 3rd person to 1st person sometimes in the middle of a section. It was unnecessarily wordy. The last few sections were the best. To the point and told the major parts of the book. The characters never really developed the bonds that they should have.

  • Carla Faleiro
    2018-10-02 17:55

    Hummm??? Então mas e o fim da estória??? Ler 400 paginas de divagações religiosas e acabar o livro com um fim que mais parecia o meio... que desilusão!! Os segredos do colégio eram as paixonetas entre freiras e alunas?? Que grande novidade!!

  • Elyse Rudin
    2018-09-30 20:57

    I didn't even make it to page 50. A Catholic school for girls in the 1950's. The story constantly goes from the present to the past and is so confusing. Throw in a lot of information on Catholicism and you have one boring book.

  • Nancy
    2018-10-07 22:06

    One of those guilty indulgence reads....and considering this is about a Catholic girls school the irony of all that is not lost on me.

  • Linda Blake
    2018-10-09 18:48

    Boring.... I tried. I really tried, but just couldn't finish it. Maybe I've just had too much of the "mean girls" mentality.

  • Leslie
    2018-10-02 19:57

    An interesting back and forth between the perceived reality of people at a girl's prep school and the earlier experiences that shaped their lives.