A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr

A Month in the Country

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.

I am convinced this is the most impressive novella I have ever read. Magnificent! Read it!!

Recovering from the traumatizing ravages and ramifications of WWI a veteran seeks respite and contemplative time in the English countryside restoring a medieval fresco for the local church.

A sentimental story of recovery as a man mends his wounds, a story of relationships, a story of setbacks and triumphs. An example of how art healed deep fissures and scars caused by war.


“And, at such a time, for a few of us there will always be a tugging at the heart — knowing a precious moment gone and we not there.”

A poignant read, absolutely perfect exquisite writing completing one outstanding novella.

Published October 31st 2000 by New York Review of Books (first published 1980)
Pages 135
ISBN13: 9780940322479

Recommendation: 5/5

 

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