A sensitive portrayal of the healing process that took place in the
aftermath of the First World War, J.L. Carr's A Month in the Country
includes an introduction by Penelope Fitzgerald, author of Offshore, in
Penguin Modern Classics. A damaged survivor of the First World War,
Tom Birkin finds refuge in the quiet village church of Oxgodby where he
is to spend the summer uncovering a huge medieval wall-painting.
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. Now an old man, Birkin looks back on the idyllic summer of 1920, remembering a vanished place of blissful calm, untouched by change, a precious moment he has carried with him through the disappointments of the years. Adapted into a 1987 film starring Colin Firth, Natasha Richardson and Kenneth Branagh, A Month in the Country traces the slow revival of the primeval rhythms of life so cruelly disorientated by the Great WarJoseph Lloyd Carr (1912-1994) attended the village school at Carlton Miniott in the North Riding and Castleford Secondary School.
A Month in the Country - J.L. Carr & Penelope Fitzgerald
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