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review A Month in the Country A Month in the Country review ☆ 3 J.L. Carr ´ 3 characters Ped define their generation while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling JL Carr's A Month in the Country was first published in 1980 Tom Birkin a damaged survivor of World War One is spending the sum. If I d stayed there would I always have been happy No I suppose not People move away grow older die and the bright belief that there will be another marvelous thing around each corner fades It is now or never we must snatch at happiness as it flies Do we recognize happiness when we live it Or is it a condition we only perceive in retrospection remembering the past through the rose tinted glasses of memoryWales 1978 Thomas Birkin a survivor of the Great War travels back in time to the 1920s and reconstructs a month spent in the rural village of Oxgodby North Yorkshire Employed to recover a concealed medieval painting on the wall of the local church Thomas believes that a change of scenery will soothe the scars the bloodbath of war and a shattered marriage have imprinted on him Regardless of his skeptical attitude towards religion the placid rhythm of summer days ripened by the sun and the uaint temperament of some of the townspeople will guide him inadvertently not only to uncover the mysteries surrounding the mural painting but also towards his spiritual restoration This is what I need I thought a new start and afterwards maybe I won t be a casualty any Thomas is a product of his generation Gifted with excessive self awareness uncommon lucidity and a rare sense of humor he speaks from the intimacy of a first person narrator and makes the reader a sensory participant of the impact a few weeks spent among strangers in self effacing examination of how a tiny parcel of his history infused him with a renewed zest for life JL Carr s masterstroke is to tinge the mural of Thomas chronicle with a gossamer of vivid observations that sparkle the old flame of hope which glows brighter than ever when Alice Keach the Minister s wife pierces through Thomas numbness with her curious vitality The world unfolds in a palette of intricate details delightful snapshots of daily postcards A blooming rose in a hat the comfortable dampness of concentrated craft under the roof timbers the buzz of insects and the twittering of birds and blades of grass swaying with the gentle breeze passers by that matter and others that don t leave track silent conversations with the Moon the lazy hours of a summer inexorably crawling towards a perennial exuberance the intoxicating scent of serendipitous friendship of wistful love sweet fleeting unattainable of wanting to memorize the shape of an oval face before it is too late the devastating certainty of knowing it is gone forever To feel pain means to be alive and the resolution to pursue happiness is a courageous vow that Thomas is willing to take The fallen man of the mural painting couldn t have imagined that a fellow artist would recover his masterpiece lost to the world under whitewash for than five centuries Thomas Birkin never envisioned being haunted by happiness fifty years after a life altering moment that presented itself wrapped in balustrades of washed out color And there was no way I could have known the heart wrenching journey to the past that awaited me in barely a hundred pages Do we glorify the past in order to cope with the present as a form of self protection I suppose we do But if giving way to nostalgic reverie allows us not to regret missed opportunites that choke us in waves of self pity and prompts us to be grateful for small streaks of fortune instead I will settle on melancholy any given day Only then the tugging at the heart for moments gone for good might leave a sweet lingering taste in our lips like the promise of an unsealed kiss of not suandered words that might last the span of a lifetime

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review A Month in the Country A Month in the Country review ☆ 3 J.L. Carr ´ 3 characters Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain When they were published some were bestsellers some were considered scandalous and others were simply misunderstood All represent their time and hel. Tom Birkin is hired to reveal and restore a Medieval church mural covered up over four hundred years earlier Expertly peeling back the layers of lime and grime what he finds on the walls is unexpected in subject and uality What he learns about people especially himself is unexpected too the process of restoration is personally restorative Don t let the bland cover or blurb lead you to think this is just the charming story of the healing effect of a bucolic month in a uiet village It is that But it s much JL Carr elegantly sueezes great breadth and depth in a mere 102 pages mystery love tragedy humour sociological analysis lost opportunities friendship art and general beauty It s a nuanced mix that deftly weaves a few dark undercurrents in a rural idyll How in 1920 a penniless survivor of shell shock whose wife has gone finds peace and contentment in the ordinaryYes it describes a single month with little backstory even less afterstory and not much happening but Birkin emerges from Oxgodby changed for the better and so did I a little Picture Entrance to a country church of my childhood Angela Davison Enemy Country That s the phrase the war veteran thinks of when he arrives in the small poor Yorkshire village that is starveling country He plans to live simply and be happy so that afterwards maybe I won t be a casualty any He believes in hope and the locals are interested interesting and friendly The steady rhythm of living and working a foot in both present and past uickly infuses contentment Birkin is not the only outsider There s the grumpy vicar Keach who resents the disruption caused by the restoration his very young and beautiful wife Alice and finally Charles Moon All four are 30 or younger though Keach in particular seems olderLove the CountryBirkin a Londoner discovers a visceral empathy with and appreciation of nature and the countryside from his very first morning The rain had ceased and dew glittered on the graveyard grass gossamer drifted down air currents And as it lightened a vast and magnificent landscape unfolded He loves letting the summer soak into me by eating outside and soon feels part of the landscape Those long warm days went on in majestic succession The Vale was heavy with leaves motionless in the early morning black caves of shadow in the midday heat blurring the sound of trains hammering north and south Love of Detail and WorkmanshipBirkin s artistic sensitivity and training make him an excellent describer of furniture machines architecture and even people and the broader context of ancient lives A single immense piece of furniture like an internal buttress In any ordinary room it would have been grotesue but here it fell into perfect scale I ve no idea what it was It could have been a Baroue altar piece an oriental throne a gigantic examination exercise performed by a cabinet maker s apprentice When he realises the full wonder of what he s revealing Birkin slows down like a reader who doesn t want to finish a brilliant book He becomes Like a greedy child who hoards the best chocolates in the box Each day I used to avoid taking in the whole by giving exaggerate attention to the particular I love Carr s attention to detail and workmanshipMedieval Murals Two demons with delicately furred legs clutched him one snapping his right wrist whilst his mate split him with shears That description reminded me of some of the grisly medieval Romanesue religious art in the Museu Nacional d Art de Catalunya including these I photographed a few years agoPicture Detail of Apse of Santa Maria d neu merely intriguingAndPicture Altar frontal from Avi positively horrificOdd CouplingsBirkin considers odd couples than once especially Keach and Alice and how utterly different they are at home compared with elsewhere He and Moon are a very different pair not a couple both are ex army spending the summer funded by a beuest from Miss Hebron in Moon s case he has to find the missing grave of an ancestor But Moon lives in a hole while Birkin lives up a ladder in the belfry There are other pairs and opposites not just human including church and chapel town and country There s also a woman proffering apples to a man in the church You can t get Old Testament than thatDark and LightThis story is infused with summer sun Ah those days for many years afterwards their happiness haunted me Haunted Yes because sunlight creates shadows And horror is dark all along Birkin survived Passchendaele but was left with a stammer not reflected in dialogue intermittent facial palsy on one side and no wife There is forbidden love of at least two kinds coddling it up in myself missed opportunities and a casual revelation by a third party that forever affects a friendship I m not uite sure what message Carr intended with the last of those view spoilerBirkin learns that Moon was dishonourably discharged for homosexuality He says he doesn t mind but from that time on things were never uite the same between us hide spoiler

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review A Month in the Country A Month in the Country review ☆ 3 J.L. Carr ´ 3 characters Mer uncovering a huge medieval wall painting in the village church of Oxgodby Joined by another veteran employed to look for a grave outside the churchyard he uncovers old secrets that bear on his experiences of confli. What does it take to be happy First of all it takes tranuility And so often the happiest days of our life are those when nothing crucial happenedSo a month in the country was a real treat to the protagonist and A Month in the Country is a real treat to a readerWell we all see things with different eyes and it gets you nowhere hoping that even one in a thousand will see things your wayThe novel is also a deepest contemplation on the nature of art and history and the harmony of lifeWe can ask and ask but we can t have again what once seemed ours for ever the way things looked that church alone in the fields a bed on a belfry floor a remembered voice a loved face They ve gone and you can only wait for the pain to passHuman kindness is the best cure for loneliness and melancholy

  • Paperback
  • 92
  • A Month in the Country
  • J.L. Carr
  • English
  • 17 June 2018
  • 9780141046679

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