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  • A Month in the Country
  • J.L. Carr
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  • 21 August 2020
  • 9780241972038

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J.L. Carr Å 3 free read read Ï eBook or Kindle ePUB Å J.L. Carr A Month in the Country review × 3 Covery they form a bond but they also stir up long dormant passions within the village What Berkin discovers here will stay with him for the rest of his life 'Carr has the magic touch to re enter the imagined past' Penelope Fitzgeral. 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 Know What I Saw? rest of his life 'Carr has the magic touch to The Goodbye Girl Vocal Selections re enter the imagined past' Penelope Fitzgeral. 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J.L. Carr Å 3 free read read Ï eBook or Kindle ePUB Å J.L. Carr A Month in the Country review × 3 '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 Oxgodby He has been invited to unco. 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 neu merely intriguingAndPicture Altar frontal from Avi 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 are a very different pair not a couple both are ex army spending the summer funded by a beuest from Miss Hebron in Moon s case he has to find the missing grave of an ancestor But Moon lives in a hole while Birkin lives up a ladder in the belfry There are other pairs and opposites not just human including church and chapel town and country There s also a woman proffering apples to a man in the church You can t get Old Testament than thatDark and LightThis story is infused with summer sun Ah those days for many years afterwards their happiness haunted me Haunted Yes because sunlight creates shadows And horror is dark all along Birkin survived Passchendaele but was left with a stammer not reflected in dialogue intermittent facial palsy on one side and no wife There is forbidden love of at least two kinds coddling it up in myself missed opportunities and a casual revelation by a third party that forever affects a friendship I m not uite sure what message Carr intended with the last of those view spoilerBirkin learns that Moon was dishonourably discharged for homosexuality He says he doesn t mind but from that time on things were never uite the same between us hide spoiler

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J.L. Carr Å 3 free read read Ï eBook or Kindle ePUB Å J.L. Carr A Month in the Country review × 3 Ver and restore a medieval wall painting in the local 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 re. 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


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