A Month in the Country (Penguin Modern Classics)

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A Month in the Country (Penguin Modern Classics)

A Month in the Country (Penguin Modern Classics)

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It is summer, 1920, and, as Tom Birkin watches, Moon has been digging into the North Yorkshire turf of Oxgodby for several hours, taking his time. He was a tall drooping man, carelessly dressed, disorganized, remote, the sort of man you couldn’t make any contact with, who didn’t even look as though he was listening. Then as he peels back the layers of plaster, dirt and time, revealing magnificent medieval mural, he also feels that he is carefully re-emerging from his trauma. He knows this is what everyone he meets is thinking: “What befell you Over There to give you that God-awful twitch?

Birkin and Moon both had their different skills and it was fascinating to watch them at work and to admire their professionalism. With the peaceful and idyllic countryside setting providing a backdrop as he slowly finds solace and meaning amidst the ruins of his past. His wife is young and beautiful, and Birkin gradually comes to fall in love with her, but in a romantic rather than a passionate sense, almost as an obligatory part of a summer idyll. Funding for the film was scarce, and it eventually fell to Euston Films (a subsidiary of Thames Television) and Channel Four Films, who had had some success with low budget features such as My Beautiful Laundrette.Tom Birkin is still suffering the after-effects of shell-shock as a result of his experiences at Passchendaele.

I do know what you mean about the tendency to fade though – what remains most strongly is the atmosphere and mood, the feelings it evoked at the time of reading. Carr has the magic touch to re-enter the imagined past -- Penelope Fitzgerald --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. It also perfectly captures the ephemeral nature of time – the idea that our lives can turn on the tiniest of moments, the most fleeting of chances to be grasped before they are lost forever. 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.So, in memory, it stays as I left it, a sealed room furnished by the past, airless, still, ink long dry on a put-down pen. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance. Carr has a knack for bringing certain scenes into sudden, sharp focus, rather as waves lift forgotten things to the surface.

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