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5.0 out of 5 stars This book, as its soft words slip by, vibrates in the memory
Birkin, the ageing narrator, reflects on the summer of 1920 when he - a young, shell-shocked and cuckolded survivor of World War One - spent some weeks in the Yorkshire village of Oxgodby. He is there, ostensibly, to uncover a lost medieval mural in the village church; a painstaking process of recovery. Yet while there, living and working in the church, he discovers...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Took a while to get into it. Seemed to drag on for a long time but gradually felt dragged into their lives. Wonderfully descriptive of the surroundings and people.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Another month in other country, 26 Jan. 2015
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I intended buying a similar title from another author, and haven't read this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing lasts forever, 15 April 2010
This review is from: A Month in the Country (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
One of those books that leaves you with a sense of loss when finished, wishing the author had written a sequel, but knowing there should be no sequel (sort of the point of the story, really). A short fiction, seemingly not about much, but an engaging writing style; and several surprises crop up during the short time the narrator spends in Oxgodby, working on restoration of a medieval chancel painting. As you get into the feel of the period (1920 village/rural northern England), you begin to see what has disappeared, for better or for worse, and you realize the surprises in the story really shouldn't have been surprising at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small, but perfectly formed, 31 May 2008
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This book begins as it means to go on: within the first few pages the scene is set and the protagonist is not only visible in your mind's eye but talking right into your ear, softly and confidingly.

It is an absolutely beautiful book, compassionate and sad and perceptive. The church where Birkin, the shell-shocked narrator, is uncovering a wall painting can almost be felt and smelt around you as you read: its spaces, its noises, the whole essence of a quiet country church on a hot summer day.

I wished it was longer, even though I knew that it had done just what it had set out to do with admirable concision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a hidden classic, 13 Aug. 2007
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Carr's novel is a sort of idyll and pastoral novella.
After experiencing WWI a man (Birkin) goes to Yorkshire to restore a medieval painting in a church. It is in this countryside with these country folk where he again comes to terms with normal life.
Written in retrospect by an old man, the novel is evocative without being over-sentimental.
At times poetic, but always with a sense of realism, this is a beautiful book which should treated as a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended., 3 Sept. 2014
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This novel is perfect. Experience a world of healing in 85 pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars life enhancing a roadway to damascus book raymond, 26 Sept. 2014
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life enhancing a roadway to damascus book raymond mitchell
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super, 21 July 2014
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Great read.recommend. Beautifully economically written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle tale of times gone by . . ., 14 July 2010
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What a delightful and gentle book! Although quite a short story the writing evokes a time of simple times in a country community in England. The characters are extremely well drawn and I felt empathy with all of them. The day out on the char-a-banc reminded me of Sunday School outings I went on as a child.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 8 Aug. 2014
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Beautifully written but not terribly exciting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 July 2014
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Beautiful and moving -so apt for WW1 memories
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