Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Month in the Country

Finished A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr. This is a novella set in England in 1920. A veteran of World War I travels North to uncover a centuries old mural in a church. His wife has left him and he is suffering from shell shock. He lives in the loft of the church, trying to keep mostly to himself, but the people of the village are intrigued by him and draw him out. In uncovering the mural he also solves a local mystery.

This is a very quiet book. At times it reminded me of The Go-Between, Cold Comfort Farm and even Atonement. A swift and comfortable read.

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