A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr

A Month in the CountryA Month in the Country is so like a month in the country. Brief, warm, quiet, healing. Comfortable, but not quite what you expect. Someplace you want to go back to almost as soon as you leave, too.

It’s so slim I thought I would just post a brief review and that would be that. But I find myself drawn to so many different aspects of this novel. The relationship between Tom Birkin, the narrator, and Moon, the only other veteran in the village. He’s also another Londoner, another outsider brought in to investigate the past. The relationship between Birkin and the anonymous medieval painter whose work he is uncovering—and the painting itself. Village life: church, chapel, and so much delicious food.

And that doesn’t even get into the love story.

I will have to re-read this, sometime, to even begin to do it justice, I think. But even now I feel closer to Tom Birkin than to any other narrator or character in recent memory. I don’t think that’s recency bias. I’m going to have to stew a bit more and put up some further thoughts this week.

4 comments to A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr

  • I like that description of “brief, warm, quiet”. It seems like it might be an interesting afternoon read.

  • Strange enough, I only became aware of the novel a few months back after a chance reference to such by Levi Stahl, it was actually snowing rather heavily as I read away a Sunday evening, likewise enchanted.

  • Eva

    Oh, I saw that movie a billion years ago (OK, it was in the 80s, but…), and had no idea it was based on a novel! Thanks for enlightening me – the movie was fantastic (or at least Colin Firth was) and I will certainly want to read the book!

  • nicole

    I didn’t find out there was a movie until a couple days ago, but I’m glad to hear that either it or Colin Firth was good–either will do me just fine! I’m sure Kenneth Branagh was an excellent Moon, too.