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A Month in the Country
A Month in the Country | J.L. Carr
In J. L. Carr’s deeply charged poetic novel, Tom Birkin, a veteran of the Great War and a broken marriage, arrives in the remote Yorkshire village of Oxgodby where he is to restore a recently discovered medieval mural in the local church. Living in the bell tower, surrounded by the resplendent countryside of high summer, and laboring each day to uncover an anonymous painter’s depiction of the apocalypse, Birkin finds that he himself has been restored to a new, and hopeful, attachment to life. But summer ends, and with the work done, Birkin must leave. Now, long after, as he reflects on the passage of time and the power of art, he finds in his memories some consolation for all that has been lost.
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Theaelizabet
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My favorite NYRBs. @vivastory #nyrbbookclub

vivastory I have The Summer Book, still unread. The rest of these sound really interesting! 3w
BarbaraBB I loved both The Summer Book and A Month in the Country 3w
Liz_M I've heard so many good things about AMitC! 3w
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Emilymdxn
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The perfect book to finish on Easter Sunday! I adored this one. Slow, thoughtful, immersive and meaningful. It‘s rare that I read a book that makes me think England is really that beautiful and worth looking at

LeahBergen I love this book. ❤️ 1mo
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Emilymdxn
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1. Tagged book, Kafka on the Shore and Court of Mist and Fury

2. A thousand splendid suns according to goodreads

3. Possibly purple? I like a lot of colours!

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

CouronneDhiver 👾🌂☂️🍇🎆🔮🧬💜🚺 1mo
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Emilymdxn
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Next up clearing out my kindle backlist! I came across this first in a book about eating disorder recovery where the author said they thought this book was incredible, soft escapism

Theaelizabet A Month in the Country is one of my favorite books. 1mo
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This is a gentle light read..only 100 pages. ⭐️⭐️⭐️Lovely quote “People move away, grow older, die and the bright belief that there will be another marvellous thing around each corner fades. It is now or never, we must snatch at happiness as it flies”

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LeahBergen
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Up next! @shawnmooney has persuaded me to finally read this novel.

@Redwritinghood , I have you to blame for “making” me buy this new teacup and saucer. 😆😆

#DamnItLitsy
#FolioSociety

shawnmooney Ooh can‘t wait to hear your review! 🤗 6mo
saresmoore Must. Zoom in. To see spines! 😍 6mo
CareBear Love that teacup and saucer! 6mo
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Tamra It‘s a good one! 6mo
Jess_Read_This Ohh!! That tea cup!! ❤️😍❤️ 6mo
Gissy Beautiful cup' 😱😍❤️❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Redwritinghood Isn‘t it gorgeous?! I‘m sure it didn‘t take a lot of persuading to get you to buy it. I hope you enjoy it. 6mo
Eggs Ohhh love the teacup! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love the teacup too. And that hashtag #DamnitLitsy 6mo
BarbaraBB Great choice! 6mo
Kalalalatja I enjoyed the book, and that teacup is lovely! 6mo
batsy Everything about this pic is perfect! 6mo
rubyslippersreads What @batsy said. 😊 6mo
LeahBergen @shawnmooney 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 6mo
LeahBergen @saresmoore 😆😆 Nonfiction on the shelves to the left and historical fiction on the ones to the right. 6mo
LeahBergen @Tamra I loved it! 6mo
LeahBergen @Redwritinghood I adore it! And I‘m extra happy with how big it is. 👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I loved it! 6mo
LeahBergen @batsy @rubyslippersreads Thanks, you two! 😘😘 6mo
Tamra @LeahBergen yay! I remember it‘s a quiet gem. 6mo
LauraBeth Look at those books! 😍 6mo
Hamlet Good story, lovely ending 6mo
Moray_Reads This book is wonderful (I too have this edition 😉) 6mo
Centique That teacup is gorgeous! 😍 6mo
Reviewsbylola Of course you would have a matching saucer! 😍 6mo
Suet624 All of this is wonderful. 6mo
meghan2714 Where is best place to find used copys of folio society 2mo
LeahBergen @meghan2714 I look for them in every secondhand bookstore I go into (and I‘ve also lucked out at charity book sales and thrift shops). If it‘s a specific title you want, I‘d go on abebooks.com and search for it. If you just want to browse the Folios on that site (from the cheapest price! 👍🏻) enter “Folio Society” into the keyword part of their search. You‘ll find lots! Some of the old ones can be found for less than $10. Hope this helps! 😄 2mo
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Lindy
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Seen from a distance, our lives are brief; what matters are the connections we have with other people, and the satisfaction we derive from our endeavours. Beauty and nature can sustain and enrich us. This is a gorgeous, brief, tender novel set in northern England, where a shell-shocked soldier heals after WWI as he works to uncover a medieval-era painting on a church wall.

TrishB This sounds lovely. But such a short book! 8mo
Lindy @TrishB Yes, I wondered if it might be a novella rather than a novel, but it was shortlisted for the Booker, and I think that prize only considers novels. No extra words, that‘s for sure. 8mo
TrishB I have a bit of a block with short stories and novels.... 8mo
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Lindy @TrishB Hmmm. Maybe you could approach it as a long poem? 8mo
TrishB Sold 👍🏻 stacked, very intrigued by it. 8mo
Lindy @TrishB You are a trouper!👍😊 8mo
TrishB Lol! Litsy takes me out of my boxes so many times 😁 8mo
Blaire This has been on my list for a while! 8mo
Lindy @Blaire When you get to it, it won‘t take long to read. And the story is the kind that lingers in your mind, so it‘s very worthwhile. Oh, and there‘s a lot of humour too! 8mo
shawnmooney Wonderful review! 😍😍 8mo
Lindy @shawnmooney Thanks. 🤗 8mo
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Am I making too much of this? Perhaps. But there are times when man and earth are one, when the pulse of living beats strong, when life is brimming with promise and the future stretches confidently ahead like that road to the hills. Well, I was young …

(Internet photo of the Kilburn White Horse)

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Really it was quite oppressive and I marveled that any practicing novel-reader dared put a nose beyond the door at night: an entire tribe of thugs come to retrieve green eyes from little yellow gods stolen by an incumbent‘s ne‘er-do-well brother could have camped there unseen for weeks.

(Buddy read with @shawnmooney )

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Our jobs are our private fantasies, our disguises, the cloak we can creep inside to hide.

saresmoore Tiny hats! How fun‘ 8mo
Lindy @saresmoore I happened upon this merry group when I was walking down a street in Vancouver when I was there in July. 8mo
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AnneCecilie
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Ready to start my first book for #24in48 Let's do this

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CindyE09
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I know a lot of people really love this book, but it was hard for me to get through parts because they seemed to drag. Normally I love subtle, slow books like this, but something about this one just didn‘t click for me. It‘s a novella about a WWI vet that goes to a country church to restore a painting over a summer in 1920. I liked how understated a lot of the book was and how the story ended, but I was bored in a lot of places. #nyrb

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Book nr 5

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Kalalalatja
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These three books are the shortest classics I have read 📚

#ShortestClassicYouRead #MayLovesClassics #LitsyClassics

Tamra The Pearl is on my top 10. 💜 It was the novella that opened the door to lit for me in the 6th grade. I could hug it. 🤗 12mo
ValerieAndBooks I didn‘t realize that the app could sort for length! Now I know 😊 12mo
ValerieAndBooks Eek😮— that comment was meant for @BarbaraBB (her post was right below yours) 🤭 12mo
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Kalalalatja @ValerieAndBooks don‘t worry, it happens! 😄 12mo
Kalalalatja @Tamra it is amazing how much goodies can be packed into under 100 pages 👌 12mo
ephemeralwaltz I need to read The Pearl! 12mo
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Beautiful and heartbreaking. The Colin Firth movie is really good, too. #titlestartswithm @maich #aprilbookishmadness

Ruthiella Oh yes this book was beautiful. It made me cry. 13mo
Bookwormjillk You had me at Colin Firth movie. 13mo
Lcsmcat @Bookwormjillk 😂😂 13mo
Crazeedi Thank you! I've added, this book sounds beautiful 13mo
rabbitprincess I had to do a double-take because my copy of South Riding, by Winifred Holtby, uses the same or very similar cover art! 13mo
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Tertubotn
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A short book about a WWI veteran who spends a month restoring artwork in a church in Yorkshire. Not much happens, but that‘s what‘s perfect about it. Ideal to read while drinking a cup of tea and dreaming of summer.

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Kalalalatja
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I have reached the 15 hours mark, and just finished my sixth book of the #24in48 readathon.

This was an enjoyable, tongue-in-cheek story about an ex soldier coming to a small village to restore a mural in the church. Tom Birkin meets many interesting characters while he spends time pondering art and his life.

Sarah83 Glad you like this one 🤗 1y
UrsulaMonarch Impressive! 👏💚 1y
Kalalalatja @Sarah83 I did! Very cozy 😊 @UrsulaMonarch thank you! Although, two of the books were in progress when I started, and one was a comic 👍 1y
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UrsulaMonarch @Kalalalatja 😄I hear you! I just finished my sixth as well - and I think I started FOUR before the readathon! (& 1 new one was s comic!) 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! Impressive:) 1y
LeahBergen I haven‘t got to this one in my readathon stack yet! 1y
Kalalalatja @LeahBergen it was a good, quick read when I really needed it! 👍 1y
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LeahBergen
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I‘m ready for the #24in48 readathon! I‘m not sure how much time I will be able to clock this weekend so I went with a bunch of skinnies to choose from. Do you see any favourites?

Anovelobsession I have the Stefan Zweig on my wishlist - anxious to hear how you like it 1y
britt_brooke Will this be your first Vonnegut?? 🤗 1y
Billypar Slaughterhouse 5 lives up to its classic status- an incredible novel. Moshfeeghe is one who I'm really eager to try- I'll look out for your McGlue revue 🙂 1y
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Leftcoastzen Love Slaughterhouse 5 and did enjoy Great Granny Webster! 1y
Tamra I really enjoyed A Month in the Country. 😊 1y
Kalalalatja Did you decide on A Month in the Country after seeing my stack? 😄 1y
Hamlet A Month in the Country is a gem! I hope you enjoy it 1y
Sarah83 Didn't know that there is a Folio edition of a month in the country... 1y
DeborahSmall I love Arthur Schnitzler and Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh was great 😘 1y
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4 1/2 hours in and this @24in48 party has moved from the hair salon to the neighborhood cafe that has a hidden back courtyard. Root beer floats and onto book no. 3 for me! Hope all the readathoners are having as much fun as I am! ❤️📚❤️

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A deceptively simple short novel about one man's summer in 1920 where he was assigned the task of restoring a medieval mural in a North Riding church. So much happens, and also nothing happens, with this cast of post-WWI cast of characters. I'd had this on my TBR since I ran across a remaindered copy of this edition and realized that I'd seen the movie adaptation with Colin Firth and Kenneth Branagh (I will watch any British historical art film).

LeahBergen I have this on my TBR, too (and how did I not know it was a movie? 😮) 2y
shawnmooney Like @LeahBergen I didn't know it was made into a movie! But, unlike @LeahBergen I read this wonderful short novel last year, and absolutely loved it! Leah, can you picture me doing my superior dance right about now? 🕺❤️ 2y
saresmoore This sounds wonderful! 2y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney I actually CAN. 😂 2y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen 😂😂@saresmoore I predict you will love this! 2y
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"Das Verfassen eines Romans kann ein kaltblütiges Unterfangen sein. Man benutzt, was immer gerade im Gedächtnis herumliegt, und biegt es so hin, dass es dem eigenen Zweck dient."
Aus dem Vorwort zu "Ein Monat auf dem Land"
J. L. Carr

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Auf deutsch: "Ein Monat auf dem Land"

Tereses A beautiful tale. Loved the idyllic setting, echoes of Les Grand Meaulnes 2y
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ReadingEnvy
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I snagged this when looking for a short peaceful read and remembered @shawnmooney reviewing it positively. Lovely, contemplative, and a picture of a time that would shortly pass by.

thebookmagpie So good :) 3y
charl08 Loved it (so much in such a short book). 3y
ReadingEnvy @charl08 I know! I feel like it takes even more talent to pull it off in so few pages. 3y
shawnmooney Yay! Glad you liked it too! And what a perfect photo! ♥️♥️♥️ 3y
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In a mere 135 pages, this quiet novel seems to say all that needs saying about war, trauma, place, community, history, art, religion, eros, friendship, memory, and difference. Its main character Birkin's task - restoring a medieval mural hidden beneath whitewash on the wall of a village church - is a meditation on meaningful labour as an act of healing & love. I'd be a fool not to read this gem again every few years for the rest of my life.

MamaGina Excellent review ... I enjoyed reading it with you🤓 3y
shawnmooney @MamaGina I did too! 3y
HardcoverHearts My apologies for failing in the readalong. I went on a vacation that I fully expected to do nothing but read. I was sorely disappointed. 3y
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#bestreadsofseptember I enjoyed all the books I read in September, but my favorites were A Month in the Country by JL Carr, and Fools of Fortune by William Trevor. Both are beautifully written and speak volumes about the process of healing in the aftermath of violence. #somethingforsept

RealLifeReading Wow sound like intense reads! 3y
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It's been a crazy few weeks. I moved in with my boyfriend, my grandma passed away four days later, my colleague quit and I've been stuck doing twice the work... but I'm finally getting settled into the new house and finding the energy to read again. This book is proving to be the absolutely perfect escape, I needed something peaceful and contemplative in my life.

Notafraidofwords Sending good energy your well. 3y
katedensen Sorry to hear about your grandma. Take some you time to heal! 3y
SharonGoforth Sounds like you've got your hands full. I'm so sorry about your grandma. Take care of yourself! 3y
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CherylDeFranceschi So sorry about your grandma. *hugs* 3y
LauraBeth That's a lot of life changes in a short amount of time - so sorry about your grandma - hope things settle at work for you soon 😀 3y
MamaGina Lots of changes all at once. I'm sorry about your grandmother. I hope things calm down so you can heal and find peace💕 3y
LeahBergen Ack. How stressful. ❤️ 3y
Eyelit I'm sorry to hear it's been a stressful and sad couple of weeks. Take care! 3y
Mamashep So sorry about your grandma! What a lot of stress you've had in your life lately. This is a great book to calm down with. 3y
brooklynreads Thanks for all the love, folks, I appreciate it 😍 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage This podcast looks great. Thanks! 3y
ReadingEnvy Oh hadn't heard of this podcast, thanks for sharing. 3y
SharonGoforth Absolutely!!! 3y
Mamashep Off to check it out! 3y
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This is one of my favorite passages near the end of the novel, and it resonates with my half-baked thoughts about the uncovering of the mural as metaphor.

@angelala007 @eyelit @twocougs @brooklynreads @hardcoverhearts @susannah @sharongoforth @thebookmagpie @mamagina @mamashep

Mamashep Yes! Loved this quote! 3y
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MamaGina Yes, I like that - the revealing of mural as well as the man. Taking it a step further, there were secrets about two people that were covered up, one in the mural, one about a primary character. 3y
Mamashep It's one of the times where a metaphor isn't so buried that it's easy to pick up with making reading the book "work." 3y
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Loved this quietly lyrical story of finding happy moments between the regrets and pain of memory.
"So there I was, on that memorable day, knowing that I had a masterpiece on my hands but scarcely prepared to admit it, like a greedy child hoards the best chocolates in the box."

 @eyelit @twocougs @brooklynreads @hardcoverhearts @susannah @sharongoforth @thebookmagpie @mamagina @mamashep @shawnmooney @Angelala007

SharonGoforth I agree - completely captivating! 3y
Mamashep Doesn't that quote really describe this book?! 3y
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slhbooks Looks like one I would enjoy. Going to see if the library has it available now📚🙂 3y
Mamashep @slhbooks it's a lovely little book! 3y
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SharonGoforth This is how I feel about reading. It's the connection of minds from a different place and time that I find fascinating. 3y
MamaGina Yes, holding an author's book in your hands or standing in front of an artist's creation ... Time and place disappear and they are beside you, whispering in your ear🤓 3y
Mamashep Which ties in with when Birkin confides that he has fallen in love with the artist through the painting. 3y
shawnmooney @angelala007 @eyelit @twocougs @brooklynreads @hardcoverhearts @susannah @sharongoforth @thebookmagpie @mamagina @mamashep @anovelobsession I like the comparison to reading, which could be flipped to also be about writing - the "If any part of me survives..." imperative seen as Birkin - if not Carr himself - addressing the reader. Interesting! 3y
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Mamashep I highlighted this bit, too! The whole book has this dark humor that's so insightful! 3y
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"So I came back to the little porch, it's stone sitting-slabs polished by five hundred years rubbing by backsides of funeral parties faint from incense or remorse."
@angelala @Eyelit @Twocougs @brooklynreads @HardcoverHearts @Susannah @SharonGoforth @thebookmagpie @MamaGina @shawnmooney

shawnmooney @angelala007 @eyelit @twocougs @brooklynreads @hardcoverhearts @susannah @sharongoforth @thebookmagpie @mamagina @mamashep @anovelobsession Great quote - I'd highlighted it too. I wonder if Birkin wished he'd stayed out there on that porch rather than having to meet the insufferable Revd. Keach moments later? :) 3y
Mamashep @shawnmooney @Angelala007 @eyelit @Twocougs @brooklynreads @HardcoverHearts @Susannah @SharonGoforth @thebookmagpie @MamaGina @Anovelobsession Rev Keach really is insufferable but then look at the way he's forced to live. That house is really something. 3y
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I was already committed to reading over 2000 pages this month for reviews, but when the read along with Littens came up, I had to jump in. Sorry housework, #blameitonLitsy #somethingforseptember #septphotochallenge #septemberphotochallenge

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MamaGina Your first note certainly make me look forward to starting this today!🤓 3y
MamaGina "Quietly affecting ... Restoration ... Healing ... Colorful characters" ✔️✔️✔️✔️ 3y
SharonGoforth I finished this at the end of last week. The entire book is quote-worthy. Loved it😊 3y
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Going to Mexico with a half dozen of my favorite ladies, and I decided I can't pack all the books I want to bring so I maxed out my checkout options with the libraries I have cards. Even so, I'm worried I don't have enough...#publiclibrarylove

BookishFeminist I do this too 😂 it's all about having options! 3y
HardcoverHearts @BookishFeminist - I will drop it like it's hot if I'm not feeling it. There are too many good books waiting for me. I just need to make my power chords will work. 😳 3y
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