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A Month in the Country (Penguin Modern Classics)

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I have really enjoyed your review, Jacqui, and have been reading it alongside Melissa’s – you both make a great case for what I already knew to be a good book. People move away, grow older, die, and the bright belief that there will be another marvelous thing around each corner fades. Looking back on it now, I am struck by how much emotion Carr managed to pack into such a slim little book; the narrative is rather affecting, especially towards the end. When he arrives in Oxgodby, Birkin knows very well life is not all ease and intimacy, long summer days with "winter always loitering around the corner.

Near destitute and still visibly shaken by his experiences during the first world war and through the painful break-up of his marriage, he has been assigned the job of restoring a medieval mural hidden beneath whitewash on the wall of the village church.To compensate for the lack of budget, a very tight shooting schedule was planned over 28 days, during which Kenneth Branagh was only available for two weeks and was on the stage nightly in London.

Birkin is fairly sure that, while he was away at war, Vinny had slept with other men too; now he knows for sure that she is serially unfaithful. One is a war survivor, living in a church, intent upon uncovering and restoring a historical wall-painting. It is written from Birkin’s perspective, looking back as an old man to a golden summer of his youth, an interlude between the horrors of war and the resumption of his real life; a brief period of suspended time given to him to heal his mind and perhaps his soul. Like the wall-painting, the pleasures of the story are revealed steadily and slowly, and by the end you can only stand back and admire.This limited edition uses the revised version of the text that Carr himself would publish the following year at his Quince Tree Press. However, during the recording session with his orchestra, the Sinfonia of London, he found that the Schubert piece was running slow and therefore flat, and he had to ask the players to tune flat to match his intended key. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

In the war’s aftermath, Birkin’s life has collapsed, and he has been left with deep emotional wounds. Despite being set in Yorkshire, the majority of location filming was moved to Buckinghamshire, although Levisham railway station and the surrounding area in North Yorkshire were used. 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.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. Carr has the magic touch to re-enter the imagined past (Penelope Fitzgerald) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. Le lecteur passe un excellent moment à la lecture de ce court roman qui dégage un charme bien particulier. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. A Month in the Country is Birkin’s story, but no character is given short shrift — not the 14-year-old Emily Clough, dying of consumption; not Rev. Both Birkin and Moon whose name is Charles were in the Great War, both injured, Moon still carrying shrapnel in his leg, Birkin a face-twitch, the result of shell shock.There’s a touch of romance in the air, an element of mystery in the story behind the painting, and a gradual renewal of sorts for Birkin – a sense of restoration, both creatively and emotionally. This’ is the story of Birkin’s restoration of a medieval wall-painting; his friendship with the archaeologist Moon (himself doubly traumatised by his past); his integration into the community, particularly the Ellerbeck family; his falling for Alice, wife of the local clergyman (somewhat sketchily-drawn, but then again Birkin never really knows her, and, typical of the generosity of Carr’s vision, a late scene softens the way we see her husband Reverend Keach, the closest character to a ‘villain’ in the book). We can ask and ask but we can’t have again what once seemed ours for ever – the way things looked, that church alone in the fields, a bed on a belfry floor, a remembered voice, the touch of a hand, a loved face. Quickly grabbing it, paying for it, and nestling it into my bag, I scurried home intending to read it there and then.

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