A Month in the Country


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A sensitive portrayal of the healing process that took place in the aftermath of the First World War, J.L. Carr's A Month in the Country includes an introduction by Penelope Fitzgerald, author of Offshore, in Penguin Modern Classics. A damaged survivor of the First World War, Tom Birkin finds refuge in the quiet village church of Oxgodby where he is to spend the summer uncovering a huge medieval wall-painting. Immersed in the peace and beauty of the countryside and the unchanging rhythms of village life he experiences a ...

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Jul 12, 2012

A Human Study

A lovely study of art and the human community as mechanisms for healing the loss and "damage" of a WW I veteran.


Oct 7, 2008

A beautiful book

"A Month in the Country" is a lovely little book about love, long lost, but never forgotten.
Carr has an easy going, gentle style, yet is able to vividly convey a time and place, and an appealing array of characters. The characters seem very genuine. Likewise, the feelings of love, remembrance, and regret are, also, right on the money.

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