A Month In The Country Hardcover – 2010
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A tall , thin hardback ( 1231 pages ) . Published by , The Folio Society in 2010 , 2nd. printing . 1st. printing was , 1999 . Quarter bound in brown buckram ,. illustrated paper sides . ( Both Boards ) . Includes a brown slipcase .
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The narrator here is Tom Birkin, and he is looking back to 1920 when in the summer he travelled to the village of Oxgodby in Yorkshire to uncover a mural that has been concealed under whitewash in the local church.
As Carr mentions in his foreword he wanted to create something along the lines of Hardy, a pastoral novel as such, but as he tells us things do alter whilst writing and changes are made, although this is still a pastoral novel as such and one that takes in the last period before horses were replaced by motor power.
Along with Birkin who is doing the restoration in the church there is also Moon who has been employed to find a certain grave. Moon like Birkin both served in the trenches and know that it has altered them. The landscape really comes alive in this relatively short tale and there are some interesting characters here. What for Birkin is a job becomes more for the short while he spends in Oxgodby as he finds a sort of idyll. As we see from the narration this is a man looking back with fond nostalgia for those days long ago, ones that perhaps helped him bring a bit more peace to his life after the War.
This brings up a number of issues, not just the First World War, but country life, where all pitched in to bring in the harvest, and also this touches on homosexuality, and heterosexual love, as well as religion.Read more ›
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Rather poetical and understated. I liked it but wouldn't rave about it.Published 16 days ago by Maggie WillisAmazon Customer
An utterly charming and beautifully observed story. Quite short and once started you'll be reluctant to put it down.Published 2 months ago by James H
EL Whistey used to say that, in art, a masterpiece is where the "Eyes follow you round the room". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard Gollin
Very pleasant reading. Easy book to pick up and read at any time.Published 2 months ago by Mrs P Matthews
This beautiful short novel transports us to an idyllic place where two ex-combatants are recovering from war trauma and working on their art and architecture. Utterly gorgeous!Published 4 months ago by LadyG'Diver