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A Month in the Country
  • ISBN: 9780141182308
  • Pages: 128
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Introduction: Penelope Fitzgerald

A Month in the Country

J. L. Carr

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A Month in the Country traces the slow revival of the primeval rhythms of life so cruelly disorientated by the Great War.

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. Now an old man, Birkin looks back on the idyllic summer of 1920, remembering a vanished place untouched by change, a precious moment he has carried with him through the disappointments of the years.

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