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A Month in the Country (Penguin Modern Classics)

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A Month in the Country” is a beautifully written exploration of the human spirit’s capacity for resilience and the enduring power of art to heal and inspire. That night, for the first time during many months, I slept like the dead and, next morning, awoke very early. For Germans, read the German translation, in some ways it's better than the original, but don't tell the English! The churchyard had several gravestones added, including the large box tomb which is a focus of several scenes.

It is generally agreed that A Month in the Country is Carr’s masterpiece, although it is a very short novel (E. A sublime, deeply affecting book about love, loss and the restorative power of art – one I would wholeheartedly recommend if you haven’t read it already.Set in small Yorkshire village in the heady summer of 1920, Carr’s novella is narrated by Tom Birkin, a young man still dealing with the effects of shell-shock following the traumas of the First World War. Moon and Birkin open the stone coffin and look at the skeleton: ‘A metal thing swung from the rib-cage; [Moon] poked in a pencil and delicately fished it out. Near destitute and still visibly shaken by his experiences during the first world war and through the painful break-up of his marriage, he has been assigned the job of restoring a medieval mural hidden beneath whitewash on the wall of the village church.

Birkin soon fits into the remote village's slow-paced life, and over the course of a summer uncovering a painting, begins losing his trauma-induced stammer and tics. Carr was given the same Christian name as his father and the middle name Lloyd, after David Lloyd George, the Liberal Chancellor of the Exchequer.Maybe he was a very shy man who made himself butt in on people and affairs which didn’t really interest him. The wonderful Backlisted team also covered the book on one of their podcasts, which you can find here.

The plot concerns Tom Birkin, a World War I veteran employed to uncover a mural in a village church that was thought to exist under coats of whitewash. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that the material is credited and referenced to JacquiWine’s Journal with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. As these two outsiders go about their work of recovery, they form a bond, but they also stir up long dormant passions within the village.It's 1920 and veteran Tom Birkin finds refuge in a quiet village where he spends his time uncovering a medieval wall-painting. As for Carr’s other fiction, I’ve heard very good things about the football one – How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup. People move away, grow older, die, and the bright belief that there will be another marvelous thing around each corner fades. Birkin’s job of clearing away centuries of overpaint, soot and dirt from what turns out to be a stunningly imagined Judgement scene underneath starts as simply something to fill his time at a moment when his life has fallen apart. A lovely tight clean copy which appears to be unread, presented in a clear removable protective sleeve.

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