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Un Mes al camp (1980)

de J. L. Carr

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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, and hopeful, attachment to life. But summer ends, and with the work done, Birkin must leave. Now, long after, as he reflects on the passage of time and the power of art, he finds in his memories some consolation for all that has been lost.Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.… (més)
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    El retorn del soldat de Rebecca West (Widsith)
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    The Bookshop de Penelope Fitzgerald (Petroglyph)
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    What's Bred in the Bone de Robertson Davies (KayCliff)
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    Maurice de E. M. Forster (1502Isabella)
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    The Spectator Bird de Wallace Stegner (aprille)
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    How to Be Both de Ali Smith (shaunie)
    shaunie: Both books focus on the restoration of a wall painting and the descriptions are pretty similar. Both lovely books!
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    Judgement Day de Penelope Lively (KayCliff)
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Short and not too sweet. But lovely. ( )
  Martha_Thayer | Jan 13, 2022 |
I have found the unofficial NYRB fan club on Twitter. A cry of joy rises when an NYRB book sale appears, and everyone rushes to ask for recommendations and share their choices. When the books start to arrive in the mail, the unofficial fan club members post pictures of their haul. We all ooh and ah over the choices made. This is the best part of the internet—those of us with unique interests and obsessions finding one another. As L.M. Montgomery wrote in Anne of Green Gables, “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there so many of them in the world.”

I posted my own stack of spines when they arrived and asked which I should start with first. The crowd came back almost unanimously that it should be A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr. I’m happy to report that this bit of crowdsourcing worked.

This is a book about art and healing. It is a British novel set after the Great War and an artist, Tom Birkin, arrives in the Yorkshire village of Oxgodby to restore a medieval mural on the wall of a church. Over the course of the summer, Tom not only uncovers that art, while pondering the life of its artist but also spends time reflecting and healing from his own apocalypse.

There is something about a novel that takes place over a season and of taking oneself out of the normal routine to find renewal. I recently read another NYRB novel by Tove Jannsen, The Summer Book, which also took place over the course of a summer and was also about healing. I highly recommend that one as well.

Both books would be excellent little novels to take on vacation. Or in my case, to have read while snowed in over the holiday break. ( )
  auldhouse | Dec 29, 2021 |
J. L. Carr's novel, A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY, first published in 1980, has quietly become a modern classic. At less than 150 pages, it is indeed a small gem filled with gentle, redemptive moments and a quirky humor that sneaks up on you. Told by Tom Birkin, a shell-shocked veteran of the Great War, and set in and around a small village in the north of England in 1920, the kindly village residents and the soft summer days play prominent roles in aiding Tom's recovery. I was reminded of Pat Barker's trilogy of WWI novels, but less intense and on a much smaller scale. A quiet anti-war novel with a pastoral feel, I found every part of this novel pitch perfect. I am so glad I've read it. (Thanks to James Mustich for including it in his wonderful 1,000 BOOKS tome.) My very highest recommendation.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER ( )
1 vota TimBazzett | Jul 29, 2021 |
"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."

"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 can ask and ask, but we can't have again what once seemed ours forever–the way things looked, the touch of a hand, a loved face. They've gone and you can only wait for the pain to pass."

5 stars, 55 stars, 1,055 stars. What a beautiful piece of writing. "What a piece of work is a man"
"people always believe they have more time than they will have..."

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  mortalfool | Jul 10, 2021 |
World War I veteran Tom Birkin arrives in the village of Oxgodby shortly after the war's end. He has been hired to restore (uncover) a recently discovered medieval wall painting in the village church. His wife has left him, and he is suffering from the trauma of the war, although he was not physically wounded. Over the course of a summer, as he takes part in village activities, befriends a fellow veteran, and has a brief, barely there, flirtation with the pastor's wife, he heals.

This was a book I fully expected to love, based on positive reviews and the recommendations of readers I respect. I found it to be competent, but a bit overhyped. The book just didn't particularly shine for me. And I know that the narrator is supposedly looking back from old age into the summer of 1920 when the events depicted took place, but I often did not have the feeling that I was in 1920, viewing things through a 1920 lens. Rather than feeling like real experiences, it felt imagined, and I often just that a modern person is telling me what he thought it was like. Not sure this makes sense. I guess I just mean to say that the book didn't engulf me with its reality.

3 stars ( )
1 vota arubabookwoman | Apr 19, 2021 |
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Reissued as part of the Penguin Decades series, JL Carr's slender, Booker-shortlisted and semi-autobiographical novel was published in 1980 but looks back to an earlier time. The narrator, Tom Birkin, reflects on a summer spent in the small Yorkshire village of Oxgodby in 1920. 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.

As he painstakingly removes several centuries' worth of paint and grime he becomes gradually less closed off and begins to make friends within the community, in particular with Moon, another war veteran, who is camped in the churchyard, ostensibly looking for a lost grave. As Birkin uncovers patches of gilt and cinnabar up on his scaffold, Moon digs his pits outside the church walls; both of them are striving for some sort of, if not restoration, then freedom from their past, and for Birkin, at least, his stay at Oxgodby is a time of healing.

Slim as it is, this is a tender and elegant novel that seemingly effortlessly weaves several strands together. Carr has a knack for bringing certain scenes into sudden, sharp focus, rather as waves lift forgotten things to the surface. He writes with particular precision and admiration about the joys of skilled men going about their business. He also subtly evokes lost rural customs and ways of living that, even at the time, had begun to fade from view: cart rides and seed cake and honey-thick accents that had not yet been filed down by mass communication.

The sense of things lost to time is pronounced but not overplayed and there's a gently elegiac quality to the developing picture of a warm and hazy English countryside summer. This pleasant vision is countered by his rawer and more acute account of the deep mark left on a man when a chance of happiness is glimpsed and missed and left to settle in the memory.
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Carr, J. L.autor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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When the train stopped I stumbled out, nudging and kicking the kitbag before me. Back down the platform someone was calling despairingly, 'Oxgodby . . . Oxgodby.'
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It was the most extraordinary detail of medieval painting that I had ever seen ... "Is there anything anywhere else like it? In the same league?" No, I told him, there wasn't. Once, yes. But no longer. Croughton, Stoke, Orchard, St Albans, Great Harrowden - they'd all been splendid in their day. But not now.
On my way home ... on the empty road ... I suddenly yelled, "Oh you bastards You awful bloody bastards! You didn't need to have started it. And you could have stopped it before you did. God? Ha! There is no God."
So there I was, knowing that I had a masterpiece on my hands but scarcely prepared to admit it ... Each day I used to avoid taking in the whole.
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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, and hopeful, attachment to life. But summer ends, and with the work done, Birkin must leave. Now, long after, as he reflects on the passage of time and the power of art, he finds in his memories some consolation for all that has been lost.Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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