TITLE/AUTHOR: A Month in the Country, J.L. Carr
PUBLISHER: NYRB Classics
YEAR PUBLISHED: 1980 / 2000 NYRB
GENRE: Fiction Classics
FORMAT: print PP/LENGTH: 135 pp
SOURCE: my shelves
SETTING(s): Oxgodby England
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A quiet yet deeply moving story about the calming effects of a peaceful environment and power of art to heal ones suffering.
"The marvelous thing was coming into this haven of calm water and, for a season, not having to worry my head with anything but uncovering their wall-painting for them. And, afterwards, perhaps I could make a new start, forget what the war and the rows with Vinny had done to me and begin where I'd left off. This is what I need, I thought -- a new start and, afterwards, maybe I won't be a casualty anymore."
"If I'd stayed there, would I always have been happy? No. I suppose not. People move away, grow older, die and the bright belief that there will be another marvelous thing around each corner fades. It is now or never, we must snatch at happiness as it flies."