A Month in the Country review ï 3

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free download × eBook or Kindle ePUB ã J.L. Carr 'That night in the PDF #199 for the first time during many months I slept like the dead and next morning awoke very early'One summer just after the Great War Tom Birkin a demobbed soldier arrives in the village of Oxgodby He has been invited to uncover. 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'Àneu merely intriguingAndPicture Altar frontal from Avià 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 ar

review A Month in the Country

A Month in the Country review ï 3 ✓ ❴KINDLE❵ ❄ A Month in the Country Author J.L. Carr – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 'That night for the first time during many months I slept like the dead and next morning awoke very early'One summer just after the Great War Tom Birkin a demobbed soldier arrives in the village of Ox 'Tha And restore a medieval wall painting in the local A Month eBook #229 church At the same time Charles Moon a fellow damaged survivor of the war has been asked to locate the grave of a village ancestor As these two outsiders go about their work of recover. 'You're happy Mr Birkin You're not on edge any Is it because the work is going well Of course she was right Anyway partly right Standing up there on the platform before a great work of art feeling kinship with its creator cosily knowing that I was sort of impresario conjuring and teasing back his work after four hundred years of darkness But that wasn't all of it There was this weather this landscape thick woods roadsides deep in grass and wild flowers And to the south and north of the Vale low hills frontiers of a mysterious countryBeautifully written poetic small story Like many Goodreads friends here I would describe this book as exuisite and touching Wonderful indeed Slow start though the story has to grow on youA damaged survivor of the 1st World War Tom Birkin finds refuge in the village church of Oxgodby where he is to spend the summer uncovering a huge medieval wall painting And gradually he finds himself again

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A Month in the CountryY they form a bond but they also stir up long dormant passions within the village What Berkin discovers Month in the eBook #8608 here will stay with him for the rest of his life 'Carr has the magic touch to re enter the imagined past' Penelope Fitzgeral. 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