[EBOOK/EPUB] (A Month in the Country)


  • Paperback
  • 92
  • A Month in the Country
  • J.L. Carr
  • English
  • 10 February 2019
  • 9780141046679

J.L. Carr ✓ 1 CHARACTERS

CHARACTERS ✓ A Month in the Country Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain When they were published some were bestsellers some were considered scandalous and others were simply misunderstood All represent their time and hel. But then inevitably as happens to most of us first through Saturday umpiring later Sunday chapel I was drawn into the changing picture of Oxgodby itself But oddly what happened outside was like a dream It was inside the still church before its reappearing picture that was real I drifted across the rest As I have said like a dream For a timeTom Birken is summoned to the countryside from the teaming streets of London to practice his craft revealing a Medieval painting that was originally painted 500 years previously and had been whitewashed over about a hundred years later It is a picture of doom predating the fantastical terrifying visions of Bruegel by at least a hundred years Mad Meg by Pieter Bruegel Triumph of Death by Pieter BruegelBirken in 1920 is a shattered man He has survived the war but experienced his own vision of hell on the battle field of Passchendaele The estimations are that the British allies and the Germans each lost over 200000 men between July and November of 1917 He emerged from the wreckage of that battle shell shocked and still three years later betrays himself with a stammer and twitching cheek when he is experiencing a stressful moment He has acuired a skill a skill nearly expired of carefully revealing and preserving old murals on church walls The Oxgodby job is a gift maybe one of the few remaining times when he will practice his craft Our jobs are our private fantasies our disguises the clock we can creep inside to hide He has a wife who has betrayed him a war that has wounded him and a world that is telling him that his skills are obsolete He needed this job He has no idea what is behind the whitewash but it isn t long before he knows he is working on a masterpiece So each day I released a few inches of a seething cascade of bones joints and worm riddled vitals frothing over the fiery weir It was breathtaking A tremendous waterfall of color the blues of the apex falling then seething into a turbulence of red like all truly great works of art hammering you with its whole before beguiling you with its parts Medieval era wall muralHe meets a man named Moon who is camping in a tent in the cemetery and has been commissioned to find the bones of an ancestor for their patron As time goes on and both men realize how simply wonderful this moment in time has been for them they start to linger in their work making it last not wanting it to end There is a story about Moon that you will have to read the book to discover Oh and lets not forget that Birken meets a woman Not just any woman but one of those women that turn your knees to jelly and in the case of Birken make his cheek twitch She is the vicar s wife Mrs Alice Keach She was much younger than Keachthe vicar no than nineteen or twenty and she was very lovely More than just pleasant looking I mean she was uite enchanting Her neck was uncovered to her bosom and immediately I was reminded of Botticelli not his Venus the Primavera It was partly her wonderfully oval face and partly the easy way she stood I d seen enough paintings to know beauty when I saw it and in this out of the way place here it was before meNetflix has yet again let me down There is a movie from 1987 starring Kenneth Branagh and Colin Firth but Netflix does not have it At this point it appears I will have to buy it to see it I can only hope that they do the book justice Kenneth Branagh as Moon Natasha Richardson as Alice Keach Colin Firth as BirkenThe introduction to the book in the NYRB version is written by Michael Holroydand it is excellent I love it when an introduction fires up the reader to read the book He talks about his own odd intersection with J L Carr but the most resonating bit he shares is in regards to Carr s funeral Carr died in 1994 and his funeral service in the Kettering parish church was in the words of Byron Rogers like the passing of a spymaster He had such disparate interests that there seem to have been many J L Carrs and since he compartmentalized his friendships few of his friends knew each other What I remember most about his funeral service was the fidgetingas the mourners kept suinting sideways to speculate about their neighbors Rogers wrote Then at the very last minute there was a clatter of high heels and a very young very beautiful woman came in dressed in fashionable black She came alone and at the end was gone just as abruptly into the March afternoon No one knew her or could find out who she was an ex pupil mistress cricketer flower arranger Sunday School teacherbut readers of A Month in the Country may feel that she had stepped out of its pages Don t miss this one a than pleasant diversion for a Sunday afternoon You will be right there in Oxgodby falling in love gnashing your teeth over the absurdity of it allenjoying the peacefulness of knowing really knowing you are happy and you too might discover the importance of lingering over a moment a glorious moment when life seems to be working for you and not against you If you are like me you might even find yourself yelling for godsakes take her in your arms and kiss her Highly Recommended The Mysterious J L CarrIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

SUMMARY ↠ MIAMIMOTELS.US ✓ J.L. CarrA Month in the Country

CHARACTERS ✓ A Month in the Country Ped define their generation while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling JL Carr's A Month in the Country was first published in 1980 Tom Birkin a damaged survivor of World War One is spending the sum. This will likely enter the list of my all time favorite books I found myself saying glorious several times and then stopping to thank my parents for instilling in me their love of reading That brought me so belatedly to this treasure of a bookI know that the basic story is well known the young re patriated soldier spending a month in the English countryside at a small chapel tasked to uncover a centuries old mural But the tale is so much than that because the prose is so much than that Carr captures moments in so many ways One small moment The sound of bees foraging from flower to flower seemed to deepen the stillness p42I ve experienced such moments but never seen it written soAnd a longer evocation of the land he was coming to love There was so much time that marvelous summer Day after day mist rose from the meadow as the sky lightened and hedges barns and woods took shape until at last the long curving back of the hills lifted away from the Plain It was a sort of stage magic Now you don t see indeed there is nothing to see Now look Day after day it was like that and each morning I leaned on the yard gate dragging at my first fag and I d like to think marveling at this splendid backcloth But it can t have been so I m not the marveling kind Or was I then But one thing is sure I had a feeling of immense content and if I thought at all it was that I d like this to go on and on p 61Simply put this book has given me all I look for a cascade of words that ring so true and are beautifully written wonderfully realised characters even though we know them so briefly a perfect setting especially for an Anglophile who loves art and archaeology and a simple story about complex peopleI would rated this than 5 if I could

CHARACTERS A Month in the Country

CHARACTERS ✓ A Month in the Country Mer uncovering a huge medieval wall painting in the village church of Oxgodby Joined by another veteran employed to look for a grave outside the churchyard he uncovers old secrets that bear on his experiences of confli. When we pick up a book by an author we haven t read before we have only the vaguest notion of what themes it will contain We don t know how those themes will be treated what attention to detail we will find or if the language will delight us or otherwise Before we turn over that first page it is all as blank as a whitewashed wall We may bring expectations to the blank piece of wall expectations based on the period the book is set in or from the opinions of readers we trust but any clarity on the book s contents will remain largely hidden Sometimes our expectations are rewarded right at the beginning On the first page of this book I found myself tumbling onto the platform of Oxgodby station alongside the narrator and the way in which those first words were assembled announced clearly that this was going to be an especially rewarding read I didn t uite know how the author would manage this feat but I was confident it would turn out to be so And although it was a slow reveal within the first few pages I saw many signs of promise a little brush stroke here so that a particular character came into better focus a little sketch there so that I gained a clearer idea of the background a little foreshadowing so that I could make a stab at guessing the main theme a little mystery so that I knew there remained riches yet to be discoveredAs I read on my first impressions took definite shape and I was able to admire the craft with which the story unfolded I understood why the author lingered on such and such an idea why he mentioned that particular subject than once As the pages read became greater than the pages left to read I was able to guess at pretty much everything that remained to be told except for one or two details but I still delighted in the manner of the telling and the little traces of humour inserted in the text like private jokes between the author and the narrator It was clear to me too that there was no editorial interference Carr shaped this book to fit the pattern and timing of the central theme and without any thought for the dictates of the publishing world or any particular genre it might be expected to fit into He was a master of his craftThe book was a treasure that was slowly uncovered when it was fully exposed I was astounded by the beauty of the work in its entirety and the image it left on my consciousness will remain with me for a long time to come JL Carr I salute you You were a true artist


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