A Month in the Country - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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A Month in the Country - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 03/02/2000
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In the summer of 1920 two men, both war survivors meet in the quiet English countryside. One is living in the church, intent upon uncovering and restoring an historical wall painting while the other camps in the next field in search of a lost grave. Out of their meeting, comes a deeper communion and a catching up of the old primeval rhythms of life so cruelly disorientated by the Great War.

"This is a tender and elegant novel… the sense of things lost to time is pronounced but not overplayed." The Guardian

"The happiness depicted is wise and wary, aware of its temporality. A Month in the Country provides wellspring of contentment which can be repeatedly dipped into and shared." Open Letters Monthly

 

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141182308
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 100 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 7 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
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 must read this summer”

I knew nothing about this book before I picked it up, and having done so, I recommend everyone read this as soon as possible. At 85 pages this is a very short read, easily done in one uninterrupted sitting, preferably... More

Paperback edition
28th June 2015
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“Elegant and superb”

A superb short story centring around one man's recollection about a month spent in small countryside town employed to restore a piece of ancient church art. The writing is simple and elegant and poignant. It... More

Paperback edition
19th June 2016
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“A Gem of a Book”

J L Carr achieves more in the 100 or so pages (depending on the edition) of 'A Month in the Country' than most novelists manage in their lifetime. This book contains the elements that he reworked in his... More

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19th March 2018
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