Month In The Country,A

Month In The Country,A

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by J L Carr
     
 

In J.L. Carr¹s deeply charged poetic novel, Tom Birkin, a veteran of the Great War and a broken marriage, arrives in the remote Yorkshire village of Oxgodby where he is to restore a recently discovered medieval mural in the local church. Living in the bell tower, surrounded by the resplendent countryside of high summer, and laboring each day to uncover an… See more details below

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In J.L. Carr¹s deeply charged poetic novel, Tom Birkin, a veteran of the Great War and a broken marriage, arrives in the remote Yorkshire village of Oxgodby where he is to restore a recently discovered medieval mural in the local church. Living in the bell tower, surrounded by the resplendent countryside of high summer, and laboring each day to uncover an anonymous painter¹s extraordinary depiction of the apocalypse, Birkin finds that he himself has been restored to a new, and hopeful, attachment to life. But summer ends, and with the work done, Birkin must leave. Now, long after, as he reflects on the passage of time and the power of art, he finds in his memories some consolation for all that has been lost.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
James Lloyd Carr (1912-1994) worked as head teacher, novelist, and publisher. His books include A Season in Sinji, The Harpole Report, What Hetty Did, A Month in the Country and The Battle of Pollocks Crossing. The last two books were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and A Month in the Country won the Guardian Fiction Prize.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Protagonist Tom Birkin is a broken man. Haunted by his experiences in the trenches of World War I and recovering from a divorce, Birkin accepts a job restoring a medieval mural of the apocalypse in a church located in a remote corner of Yorkshire. It is here, however, that Birkin, though alone with only an interpretation of the world's end for company, learns to live again. Carr's small gem of a novel was first published in 1980. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Eve Claxton
Country is only a little over 100 pages long, yet it manages to conjure a lost world so lovingly that it lingers in the mind long after it's over. Novels this beautifully written are rare indeed. Now, at laeast, this one won't be found only in rare bookshops.
Time Out New York
Washington Post
A unique and special experience, a visit to a special time and place, deeply observed and portrayed in beautiful prose.
The New Yorker
Carr¹s blessedly small tale of lost love is also a small hymn about art and the compensating joy of the artist, both in giving and receiving. It stays with us, too, and is oddly haunting.
The Spectator
Unlike anything else in modern English Literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141046679
Publisher:
Penguin UK
Publication date:
09/30/2014
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)

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Michael Wood
The work is virtually perfect, and written with a great deal of liveliness and wit.
Penelope Fitzgerald
Carr has the magic touch to re-enter the imagined past.

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