A Month in the Country

by J. L. Carr | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSkyringwing of Reid, Australian Capital Territory Australia on 4/12/2024
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSkyringwing from Reid, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Friday, April 12, 2024
This is a gem of a book. Physically, it is a beautiful edition, perfectly fitting the topic. As a work of literature - no, a work of art - it is about as close to perfect as the English language allows.

There is not a word out of place and each one is chosen with care. A quick read, it rewards rereading and careful study; there are layers of meaning and character that only reveal themselves after a little excavation.

The plot is easy enough. Two years after the Great War a veteran, a man wounded by that horrific experience, is given a job to do: uncovering a mediaeval mural plastered over in a rural church in the north of England. He does so, interacting with various characters in the locality. With some he forms bonds, with others he turns away, with some, both.

He uncovers the painting and as he does so he uncovers layers of hidden truth. About the painting, the painter, the church, himself.

This month in the country away from the grimness of post-war London is a delight in every way. Bright, uplifting, lyrical, deep. And ultimately strangely satisfying as a new future opens for the man so scarred by war.

And the land, I guess. Although Britain had lost so much in the war there was a bright future ahead, one firmly grounded in the history and heritage of the nation.

Read this book and look into your own heart. You will find things hidden, you will find things to rejoice over, you will find optimism and hope.

This is a book that has a valued place on my own shelf. I love it.

Journal Entry 2 by wingOBCZ-TeddysDenwing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Sunday, April 28, 2024
„Ein Buch kommt zu einem, wenn es Zeit ist“. Dass dieses schöne Buch den weiten Weg zu mir gefunden hat, ist wohl kein Zufall. Habe das Vorwort gelesen und denke, dass ich es in jüngeren Jahren wohl zur Seite gelegt hätte…doch nun, im 75igsten, möchte ich es lesen. Und ja, es ist ein wunderschönes Buch, gepflegt, so wie ich Bücher liebe. Danke herzlich fürs mitbringen lieber Skyring❣️🙏🕊️manuma

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