Expertly peeling back the layers of lime and grime, what he finds on the walls is unexpected in subject and quality. Moments of cowardice, of hesitation, moments when our courage fail us: to make a small step, to take a big leap, to dance, or move our lips a few inches to those of another. …The nuance and small moments that make up this gorgeous little novella are breathtaking, and the quiet, spare story will completely invade you. Birkin's rehabillitation amongst the worthy souls of Oxgodby is a beautiful thing; the heart of the man is made whole and revealed bit by painstaking bit, like the mural he is tasked with uncovering. The story unfolds through the eyes of Tom Birkin, a veteran of that war, who has been hired to restore a recently discovered Medieval mural in the local church.. Gently, humorously, and with great loving detail, we watch Tom discover the village and heal his soul as he works on the mural and sleeps in the belfry of the church. A head teacher, publisher, and novelist, his books include, ''A unique and special experience, a visit to a special time and place, deeply observed and portrayed in beautiful prose.''. The story of a young man, bruised and emotionally battered from WW1 finding his way in the small village of Oxgodby is something to treasure. He has been hired as part of a townsperson's will to uncover and restore a medieval wall painting in the church's arch. If you love beautiful fiction, read this. Instead the narrator is a bantering almost Jack-the laddish character who refers to his backside as his bum and imagines the vicar and his wife having sex. The main characters of this fiction, historical story are , . Series: NYRB Classics But where that novel was elliptical, Carr's work values clarity and simplicity above all. The vicar's wife tries to ask him about it. These moments are not remembered, are forgotten, or glossed over with untruth. — Penelope Fitzgerald, "The work is virtually perfect, and written with a great deal of liveliness and wit." Loved this book. More. In J. L. Carr's deeply charged poetic novel, Tom Birkin, a veteran of the Great War and a broken marriage, arrives in the remote Yorkshire village of Oxgodby where he is to restore a recently discovered medieval mural in the local church. What does it take to be happy? 3.5 stars. A Month in the Country book. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Tom Birkin, a penurious Londoner in his early twenties, battered by war and a failed marriage, sought a fresh start for himself in the remote Yorkshire village of Oxgodby. In my case, however, it's unfortunately one of those texts that is going to send me off on a long personal anecdote, for which I offer advance apologies. There's a problem loading this menu right now. "'What about hell on earth?' Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Shortlisted for The Booker Prize when it was first published. Tom Birkin is a WW1 veteran who was injured at Paschendaele and is troubled by his memories and dreams and by a failed marraige. Carr. Publication Date: October 31, 2000. To see what your friends thought of this book. He says he doesn’t mind, but “from that time on, things were never quite the same between us”. A Month in the Country. I wanted it to go on and on. Something went wrong. Protagonist Tom Birkin is a broken man. Does this book contain quality or formatting issues? To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. His healing consists of not talking about his past--perhaps a revolutionary notion these days. A Beautifully written book. Subtle and beautiful. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. S.J.H. It is just one of those books that crosses one's path and changes everything inside the reader. It is the kind of book in which nothing - and everything - happens. A Month in the Country is the story of a World War I survivor named Thomas Birkin. Please provide me with your latest book news, views and details of Waterstones’ special offers. "'What about hell on earth?' The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 135 pages and is available in Paperback format. Living in the bell tower, surrounded by the resplendent countryside of high summer, and laboring each day to uncover an anonymous painter's depiction of the apocalypse, Birkin finds that he himself has been restored to a new, and hopeful, attachment to life.