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Moving, droll biography,
This review is from: The Last Englishman: The Life of J.L.Carr (Hardcover)
For any readers who know nothing of J.L. Carr beyond his classic "A month in the Country", Byron Rogers' book introduces a portrait as detailed as the maps of England his hero drew and illustrated.
Carr led a very public life as a headmaster, campaigner and publisher. But he was not an intimate man, as his son ruefully commented to the biographer. Many of his acquaintances were baffled by him. Reading this book merely increases his mystery for the reader. And his fascination: for Carr wrote like an angel. He wrote in terse, dry sentences with the ability to move you and make you laugh very hard. Byron Rogers is clearly influenced by him, in awe of him, and tries to recapture in his biography some of the mood of Carr's own work. He succeeds in doing that, and has created a lovely book and a fine biography.