A Month In The Country #2020

A Month In The Country J.L. Carr A Month In The Country Een veteraan uit de Eerste Wereldoorlog kijkt terug op de tijd die hij met een lotgenoot als archeoloog doorbracht in een Engels dorpje

  • Title: A Month In The Country
  • Author: J.L. Carr
  • ISBN: 9780140105599
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Month In The Country J.L. Carr Een veteraan uit de Eerste Wereldoorlog kijkt terug op de tijd die hij met een lotgenoot als archeoloog doorbracht in een Engels dorpje.
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    1. But then, inevitably, as happens to most of us, first through Saturday umpiring, later Sunday chapel, I was drawn into the changing picture of Oxgodby itself But, oddly, what happened outside was like a dream It was inside the still church, before its reappearing picture, that was real I drifted across the rest As I have said like a dream For a time Tom Birken is summoned to the countryside from the teaming streets of London to practice his craft revealing a Medieval painting that was originally [...]

    2. I am a seasonal reader, often craving books with sizzling settings in the summer months and snowy locales in the winter Last week I saw a review for J L Carr s Man Booker winning A Month in the Country and was intrigued enough by the title to read it for myself Using stunning prose combined with well developed characters, Carr s novella is perfect for a leisurely summer morning Tom Birkin had survived the Great War yet returned alienated from civilian life While in present times his feelings can [...]

    3. If I d stayed there, would I always have been happy No, I suppose not People move away, grow older, die, and the bright belief that there will be another marvelous thing around each corner fades It is now or never we must snatch at happiness as it flies Do we recognize happiness when we live it Or is it a condition we only perceive in retrospection remembering the past through the rose tinted glasses of memory Wales, 1978 Thomas Birkin, a survivor of the Great War, travels back in time to the 19 [...]

    4. 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 book.I 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 Car [...]

    5. 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 o [...]

    6. Can you remember a time in your life when you were truly happy If I search my memories, I find a sixteen year old girl sitting in a canoe, with a boy, fishing at two o clock in the morning by the eerie light of the midnight sun, on a glassy lake near Whitehorse, Yukon Everything is tingly and pulsing with youth I look a little and see myself choking back tears on a hospital bed with my beloved grandfather, hearing him say I m still your grandpa, Robin , knowing I would never see him again, but [...]

    7. This is the sort of efficient novella that demands a short, incisive review full of judiciously chosen adjectives, and presumably that s what it will get if MJ ever gets around to reading it 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.When I was twenty one I ended up, for a variety of reasons, living in Quito, Ecuador The city in those days was a steamy melting pot of different nationalit [...]

    8. There is an art in trying to uncover what time hides And the uncovering itself is also a process of multiple restorations, of bringing back to life, of claiming back from the past what could be foregone beauty, suffering, happiness, fear, life, death, and hope They all function in cycles, with troughs and climaxes One goes and the other one arrives.Images can be projected and recollections can be written.A calendar of memory can be read like a book Nature in its periodic seasons reanimates the l [...]

    9. When The Mookse and the Gripes group decided to revisit the 1980 Booker shortlist, this was the book I most looked forward to reading, and it did not disappoint, except that it was over too soon.The narrator is Tom Birkin, who is looking back after many years to his first summer of work after returning from the Great War He arrives in Oxgodby, a small village in Yorkshire, because a bequest to the local church has stipulated that a medieval wall painting should be uncovered and he has accepted t [...]

    10. This is Carr s masterpiece, short and relatively unheralded as it is It did win the Guardian prize, and was short listed for the Booker and in 1987 was made into a motion picture This was the height of Carr s fame and recognition According to Michael Holroyd s introduction to the NYRB Classics edition, this wouldn t have affected Carr one way or the other he was in Holroyd s words an outsider, a man of integrity, who wrote from his sense of privacy In Carr s forward, he tells us my idea was to w [...]

    11. 3.5 stars This wasn t what I expected, especially initially I thought it was written in the 1920s and would be an understated tastefully written meditation on the healing powers of art 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 I was a bit shocked until I saw it was written in 1980 Half way through I was wondering what all the fuss is about It was confusing me The narrator is a shellsh [...]

    12. A Month In The Country was my second choice for the The Mookse and the Gripes group revisit of the 1980 Booker shortlist I selected this novel for two reasons its brevity and the positive reviews it received from some of my friends I admit that the subject was not of interest to me, life in the country does not feel too enticing What can I say, I am a city girl I love nature but for short periods of time Actually, three stars is the highest rating I gave to a novel about country life For me, Lev [...]

    13. I am not going to write an elaborate review for this book It is just one of those books that crosses one s path and changes everything inside the reader There s soul food in the story, positive vibes, a gentle sense of humor, and a hope being bourne from the protagonist s thoughts and heart.When the protagonist is tasked to restore a 500 year old painting which have been white washed over a hundred years after it was painted, he leaves behind a shattered life in London He survived WWI but his wi [...]

    14. Rating 4.75 of fiveThe Publisher Says 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 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, [...]

    15. What does it take to be happy First of all it takes tranquility And so often the happiest days of our life are those when nothing crucial happened.So a month in the country was a real treat to the protagonist and A Month in the Country is a real treat to a reader Well, we all see things with different eyes, and it gets you nowhere hoping that even one in a thousand will see things your way.The novel is also a deepest contemplation on the nature of art and history and the harmony of life We can a [...]

    16. I intend to read some novels that are first World War based for this year s anniversary and this one is the first It is a novella by a rather eccentric teacher turned writer which absolutely captures a time and place The plot is straightforward Tom Birkin is a WW1 veteran who was injured at Paschendaele and is troubled by his memories and dreams and by a failed marraige It is the summer of 1920 and Birkn has taken a job in the remote Yorkshire village of Oxgodby He is to uncover a medieval mural [...]

    17. If the author of this book had appropriately named this Elegy of a Broken Man rather than A Month in the Country, I think my preconceptions and attitudes would have met him in that proper space rather than taken a continuous nose dive into confusion.I could never make out what this book wanted to be, when it grew up It was sometimes boring and disorganized, and also sometimes inspired and filled with big, important thinks I thought, quite mistakenly, that it was a summer inspired travelogue, in [...]

    18. The descriptions in A Month in the Country do not draw particular attention to ambient sounds or noise it is in any case a consistently subtle book in which everything occurs with a minimum of fuss , but I suspect that one of the major comforts of Tom Birkin s time in Oxgodby, and one of the reasons he is content for the work of restoration to take longer than he had intended, is that the rich, enveloping quite of the church birdsong outside the rhythmic tapping of his tools the barely discernib [...]

    19. Haunted by the Happiness of Halcyon Days, Waiting for the Pain to Pass Now for a breath I tarry,Nor yet disperse apart Take my hand quick and tell me,What have you in your heart A.E Housman, quoted in epigraph to A Month in the CountryAn extraordinary, heart rending novel, written as a sort of twilight benediction to a pastoral place, time and people Never has such a short novel impacted me so profoundly, almost to tears reflecting on a few golden days in my past for which I can close my eyes an [...]

    20. The Summer After the War NOTE I have recently reviewed Sarah Perry s The Essex Serpent In the appendix to the British paperback edition, she lists a number of novels as being especially important to her I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith , A Month in the Country J L Carr , Jane Eyre, Tess of the Durbervilles, and A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch Most of them I have read, but I knew the first two only by reputation Perry has inspired me to remedy that omission Although brief and charmingly unp [...]

    21. I have never read anything quite like this before It was such a simple book, a simple story, yet so intrinsically beautiful that it almost moved me to tears 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 The people he meets, the things he sees and the lasting memories of one single month are just breath taking It feels completely immoral to actually rate this title, but I will give it the highest possib [...]

    22. An older Tom Birkin is looking back to a special summer of contentment and healing in Yorkshire Birkin, a World War I veteran, has been hired to remove layers of whitewash and grime from a religious mural in a village church Another war veteran, Charles Moon, was employed by a prominent family to find the tomb of an ancestor in the graveyard near the church As Birkin uncovers the mural of the Last Judgement and contemplates hell, he thinks back to Passchendaele hell on earth.The enjoyment of his [...]

    23. Time, instead of healing wounds, can often deepen them We strive for happiness without really understanding what will make us happy As we grow older, we grow to understand the significance of missed moments, lapsed opportuninities We look back and realise the richness of what we had, and how much we could have had In A Month in the Country, Tom Birkin looks back to an earlier time with both longing and regret He warns us that life is fleeting, and instructs us to snatch at happiness as it flies [...]

    24. Tom Birkin looks back on his life.He spends one summer after the war in Oxgodby uncovering a huge medieval wall painting.He gets immersed in the peace and tranquill surroundings which is unchanged by village life.He works along side Moon who is uncovering an ancient grave who also has a past to come to terms with.A sense of renewal and coming to terms of the after effects of the horrors of war.Love, loss and disappointment follow him through the years.A quiet reflection as one looks back on life [...]

    25. Other reviews here have told the story of Tom Birkin and his narration of the months he spent in Oxgodby recovering from his experiences in the Great War and the breakup of his marriage I ll just say that I very much liked the generous quality of his narration and his gratitude for the time he spent with the people of Oxgodby Tom Birkin has one great regret from the time he spent there I imagine that all of us have at least one great regret from some time in our lives A Month in the Country is a [...]

    26. Summer 1920 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 He was excited by the prospect of uncovering and restoring a recently discovered medieval wall painting in the village church At less than 120 pages, A Month In The Country is a beautiful novella of restoration and healing I was enchanted by the opening pages that showed Birkin arriving on a rainy evening, grudgingl [...]

    27. 4.0 I never exchanged a word with the Colonel He has no significance at all in what happened during my stay in Oxgodby As far as I m concerned he might just as well have gone round the corner and died But that goes for most of us, doesn t it We look blankly at each other Here I am, here you are What are we doing here What do you suppose it s all about Let s dream on Yes, that s my Dad and Mum over there on the piano top My eldest boy is on the mantelpiece That cushion cover was embroidered by my [...]

    28. Coming to this book by way of Jacob again is yet another Easter Egg in the sea of literature Excellent writing, superb characterizations and amazing dialogue I fully understand why this novel was nominated for the Booker Prize in 1980 Carr is the representative author of Vonnegut s quote Literature should not disappear up its own asshole, so to speak from Palm Sunday great books don t necessarily have to be written by MFA grads and life long students of the craft Carr didn t publish his first bo [...]

    29. res to ra tion, noun1 The act of restoring renewal, revival, or reestablishment2 a return of something to a former, original , normal, or unimpaired conditionTom Birkin is a man looking back reflecting on a single summer in his youth after just returning from war, with spirits dulled, and mind and emotions still covered in battlefield residue.Hired to restore a recently discovered 14th century church mural in rural Yorkshire, Birkin looks forward to a fresh start with no worries and just the sim [...]

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