A Month in the Country
J. L. Carr, Penelope Fitzgerald
‘Tender and elegant’ Guardian
‘Unlike anything else in modern English literature’ D.J. Taylor, Spectator
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 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.
With an introduction by Penelope Fitzgerald
Carr has the magic touch to re-enter the imagined past -- Penelope Fitzgerald 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 * Unlike anything else in modern English Literature -- D.J. Taylor * Spectator * Tender and elegant * Guardian *
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