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)