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Tender and elegant (Guardian)

Unlike anything else in modern English Literature (D.J. Taylor Spectator)

Carr's blessedly small tale of lost love is also a small hymn about art and the compensating joy of the artist, both in giving and receiving. It stays with us, too, and is oddly haunting (New Yorker)

Carr has the magic touch to re-enter the imagined past (Penelope Fitzgerald)

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A sensitive portrayal of the healing process that took place in the aftermath of the First World War, J.L. Carr's A Month in the Country includes an introduction by Penelope Fitzgerald, author of Offshore, in Penguin Modern Classics. A damaged survivor of the First World War, Tom Birkin finds refuge in the quiet village church of Oxgodby where he is to spend the summer uncovering a huge medieval wall-painting. Immersed in the peace and beauty of the countryside and the unchanging rhythms of village life he experiences a sense of renewal and belief in the future. Now an old man, Birkin looks back on the idyllic summer of 1920, remembering a vanished place of blissful calm, untouched by change, a precious moment he has carried with him through the disappointments of the years. Adapted into a 1987 film starring Colin Firth, Natasha Richardson and Kenneth Branagh, A Month in the Country traces the slow revival of the primeval rhythms of life so cruelly disorientated by the Great War Joseph Lloyd Carr (1912-1994) attended the village school at Carlton Miniott in the North Riding and Castleford Secondary School. A head teacher, publisher and novelist, his books include A Day in Summer (1964); The Harpole Report (1972); A Month in the Country (1980), which won the Guardian Fiction prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Battle of Pollock's Crossing (1985), which was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize; What Hetty Did (1988) and Harpole and Foxberrow, General Publishers (1992). If you enjoyed A Month in the Country, you might like Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Unlike anything else in modern English literature'D.J. Taylor, Spectator



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  • Broché: 112 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin Classics; Édition : New Ed (3 février 2000)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 014118230X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141182308
  • Dimensions du produit: 13 x 0,8 x 19,7 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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Par D. Legare TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURSVOIX VINE le 27 juin 2004
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In his book J.L. Carr shows us in a very quiet manner how a broken man, a veteran of the Great War can slowly recover a taste for life. The plot and characters slowly grows on the reader as his rural countryside surroundings do on Tom Birkin. As he is gradually uncovering and restoring a medieval mural in a small church he seems to be coming back to the world of the living and to its treasures. A really intelligent and sensitive book.
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Par DiVerte le 26 août 2014
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A great novel, couldn't put it down. Interesting story line and very characters, I felt I knew them very well.
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Tender, nostaligic, haunting 26 mars 2006
Par B. H. Stewart - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The main theme of this charming novel is how important it is to understand the irretrievable passage of time and to savor the good times that come along. The narrator tells the story of an enchanted summer he spent in Cornwall uncovering an ancient painting in a country church. He looks back upon this time (1920) as one of the most wonderful, important periods of his life. He meets several villagers who make an indelible impression upon him and pleas with us to appreciate our own little "months in the country"--those days when things are going well. Such a good, kind, fully-alive character. I was moist-eyed by the final pages (it's a very short novel) and didn't want it to end. Sweet, powerful, and as lovely as a summer day in the country.
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A short but wonderful novel 8 janvier 1998
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
A Month in the Country is unrelated (as far as I can tell) to the Turgenyev piece of the same name. It is, however, a wonderful book, made into a decent movie about 6 years ago, I believe.
It tells the story of Tom Birkin, recently returned from WW I, who goes to the town of Oxgodby to restore a medieval wall-painting in an old church. Over the course of his time there, he gets absorbed into the life of the town, falls in love, learns (and reveals) something about the nature of art, and the healing power of both art and love.
That makes it sound as if the book's some sort of mushy new-age blather, and it's not at all. It's a short and profoundly entertaining novel. I would have loved to have been assigned this in a high-school english class, because (1) Carr's vocabulary is remarkable, and the occasional strange words he uses are worth looking up (e.g., "sneck"), and (2) it has a lot of the sort of structure that one is forced to write about in English classes ("contrast the relationship between Birkin and his work with that between Moon and his...") but which in this book actually contributed something to the story -- there are multiple parallel threads in the book, and their inteweaving makes it richer. I could've written a decent essay about that...
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Lyrical, poetic escape 23 mai 2005
Par Reviewer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
When I was reading this book I often felt as if i was either there or the author was telling the story directly to me. My only objection is that it was too short!
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enchanting 22 octobre 2005
Par George Besson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is one of those works of art that falls into a category of its own. Carr's writing is impeccable and it took on a magical quality where the past and future were perfectly brought together through the voice of the protagonist Tom Birkin. I'm on my fourth reading of it.
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Realistic, low-key, authentic, moving 14 avril 2002
Par M. J. Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is a gem - a quiet and realistic recounting of a summer spent uncovering a mural and a life. This is a novel in which nothing extraordinary happens, but full lifes interact moving people closer (or father) from themselves, friendships, loves and human understanding.
The narrator is a disfigured veteran of World War I. His wife has left him; his employer retired making this his first job as a self-employed professional. His life is contrasted with that of another veteran hired to find an ancient grave. The friendship of the veterans is the first step in reconnecting to the world. Along the way, a vicar and his wife, the family of the stationmaster, an organist, a dying girl all make their way into and effect the narrator's life.
The author's writing style fits perfectly with the story, creating a literary gem worthy of your attention.
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