Tim Gilllespie, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Tim Gilllespie)
Almost nothing seems to happen in this 1980 British novel about a World War I vet who comes to a rural English village to restore a medieval mural on the wall of the parish church. But slowly the protagonist and the reader are caught up in the slow uncovering of the ancient painting and the quiet, healing rhythms of the place.
Rachel Coen, August 27, 2009 (view all comments by Rachel Coen)
Quite possibly the most perfect novel I have ever read. I'm almost without the words to explain it -- it's the story of a man recovering from WWI as he spends a slow, meditative month in the English countryside restoring a medieval fresco in a church, but the writing is so elegant and light that the subject almost doesn't matter... except that in the end it does, as it offers a glimpse of how art can help make someone whole again. As the narrator says, at the end, viewing the masterpiece he has uncovered -- "And, at such a time, for a few of us there will always be a tugging at the heart -- knowing a precious moment gone and we not there." This book creates just such a precious moment. Read it.
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A Month in the Country (New York Review Books Classics)
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J L Carr
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Oh my God this is just amazingly beautiful: so perfect, so exquisite! A wounded war vet accepts a commission to restore a long-forgotten mural on a church wall in a tiny English village. The nuance and small moments that make up this gorgeous little novella are breathtaking, and the quiet, spare story will completely invade you. Brilliant!
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