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Or Accumulated Misunderstanding Butaccumulated misunderstanding but of s did anything except say goodnight and goodbyeAnd I m very annoyed about it After everything we went through we deserved to have it end in some shared moment of sexiness instead of petering out the way it did You worry a lot about situations like that when you re in them and then later you realize that you were worrying about exactly the wrong aspects of themI have no room left to
Actually Review This Bookreview this book to say that the situation I m badly describing is one that novelists don t often is one that novelists don t often to address preferring as they do to deal with actual rather than potential love affairs But this book does and it does it really well It s the 20s not the 90s it s Yorkshire not Ecuador she s a vicar s wife not a Swedish charity worker most of all he s a shell shocked First World War veteran instead of a lazy arts graduate Even so there are moments where you recognize every word Can you remember a time in your life when you were truly happy If I search my memories I find a sixteen year old girl sitting in a canoe with a boy fishing at two o clock in the morning by the eerie light of the midnight sun on a glassy lake near Whitehorse Yukon Everything is tingly and pulsing with youth I look a little and see myself choking back tears on a hospital bed with my beloved grandfather hearing him say I m still your grandpa Robin knowing I would never see him again but feeling gratitude for the absolute purity of the moment I look again and watch myself a brand new mother rocking my baby during one of our midnight meetings in the stillness the newborn puzzle piece nested against my breast Unconditional love was being hatched in my heartThose moments are the jewels of lifeJL Carr s novella explores such perfect times through the character of Tom Birkin Set in the summer of 1920 but related in 1978 an older Birkin is remembering the month during which he is hired to Real Love uncover a medieval mural in a church in northern England Damaged by time served in WWI and a bad marriage Birkin arrives a This will likely enter the list of my all time favorite books I found myself saying glorious several times and then stopping to thank my parents for instilling in me their love of reading That brought me so belatedly to this treasure of a bookI know that the basic story is well known the young re patriated soldier spending a month in the English countryside at a small chapel tasked toncover a centuries old mural But the tale is so much than tha. Ped define their generation while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling JL Carr's A Month in the Country was first published in 1980 Tom Birkin a damaged survivor of World War One is spending the sum.
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NOVELLA THAT DEMANDS A SHORT INCISIVEthat demands a short incisive full of judiciously chosen adjectives and presumably that s what it will get if MJ ever gets around reading it In my case however it s nfortunately one of those texts around to reading In my case however it s nfortunately one of those texts is going to send me off on a long personal anecdote for which I offer advance apologiesWhen I was twenty one I ended The Ghost Light Kids Get Hooked up for a variety of reasons living inito Ecuador The city in those days was a steamy melting pot of different nationalities full of Colombian exiles that had fled the violence north of the border and teeming with renegade expats from a scattering of Grey (Fifty Shades, unusual countries My closest acuaintances included an American Vietnam vet a British army deserter a Colombian street artist a badly disguised CIA agent a drug dealer for the Medell n cartel and an Italian architect who kept a Picasso hiddennder his bed It was a weird time But the first person I met there was a girl from Sweden called Lina We lived in the same building and on my first night in the city she took me out for a Mexican and we got hammered on strawberry daiuiris and the evening slowly evolved into a strange date which she orchestrated with Scandinavian directness You buy me a drink now You take me dancing now I was charmedI had come to South America to get over someone after an awful breakup and so I wasn t looking for anything I wanted zero complications Right Sure As I said to myself on several occasions So nothing happened that night Nothing happened the next night either or any of the nights that followed as we got involved in the strange life of ito and dealt with death threats and psychotic outbreaks and false passports and the other things affecting our circle of friends And we got to know each other ite well We went away together for a couple of weekends and talked about past relationships and most evenings in Ecuador ended with We Love You, Charlie Freeman us on our balcony as the sun camep finishing a bottle of rum and sharing stories We both had a couple of flings with random people but nothing very seriousAnd then eventually after nine months or so I d run out of money and some job offer had come through in England and I found myself spending the last of my funds on a plane ticket back to London We drank a lot in my final week On the last night we just sat on our balcony for hours and had a bottle of rum and listened to the sounds coming out of the karaoke bar two doors down And when we went back inside she brought me into her room for the first time since I d arrived to say goodbye And I don t know if it was because of. Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain When they were published some were bestsellers some were considered scandalous and others were simply misunderstood All represent their time and hel. T because the prose is so much than that Carr captures moments in so many ways One small moment The sound of bees foraging from flower to flower seemed to deepen the
STILLNESS P42I VE EXPERIENCED SUCH MOMENTSp42I ve experienced such moments never seen it written soAnd a longer evocation of the land he was coming to love There was so much time that marvelous summer Day after day mist rose from the meadow as the sky lightened and hedges barns and woods took shape The Messy Accident (An ABDL Story) until at last the long curving back of the hills lifted away from the Plain It was a sort of stage magic Now you don t see indeed there is nothing to see Now look Day after day it was like that and each morning I leaned on the yard gate dragging at my first fag and I d like to think marveling at this splendid backcloth But it can t have been so I m not the marveling kind Or was I then But one thing is sure I had a feeling of immense content and if I thought at all it was that I d like this to go on and on p 61Simply put this book has given me all I look for a cascade of words that ring so true and are beautifully written wonderfully realised characters even though we know them so briefly a perfect setting especially for an Anglophile who loves art and archaeology and a simple story about complex peopleI would rated this than 5 if I could You re happy Mr Birkin You re not on edge any Is it because the work is going well Of course she was right Anyway partly right Standingp there on the platform before a great work of art feeling kinship with its creator cosily knowing that I Was Sort Of Impresario Conjuring And was sort of impresario conjuring and back his work after four hundred years of darkness But that wasn t all of it There was this weather this landscape thick woods roadsides deep in grass and wild flowers And to the south and north of the Vale low hills frontiers of a mysterious countryBeautifully written poetic small story Like many Goodreads friends here I would describe this book as exuisite and touching Wonderful indeed Slow start though the story has to grow on youA damaged survivor of the 1st World War Tom Birkin finds refuge in the village church of Oxgodby where he is to spend the summer It Looks Like This uncovering a huge medieval wall painting And gradually he finds himself again I am a seasonal reader often craving books with sizzling settings in the summer months and snowy locales in the winter Last week I saw a review for J L Carr s Man Booker winning A Month in the Country and was intrigued enough by the title to read it for myself Using stunning prose combined with well developed characters Carr s novella is perfect for Merncovering a huge medieval wall painting in the village church of Oxgodby Joined by another veteran employed to look for a grave outside the churchyard he Kaffir Boy uncovers old secrets that bear on his experiences of confli.