A Month in the Country (Penguin Modern Classics)
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Despite being set in Yorkshire, the majority of location filming was moved to Buckinghamshire, although Levisham railway station and the surrounding area in North Yorkshire were used. A Month in the Country is a celebration of brokenness — not the suffering of brokenness but, rather, the vulnerability that brokenness brings. To become a subscriber to Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Quarterly Magazine, please visit our subscriptions page. It’s a love story of great poignancy about a missed chance, and it’s a memory of an irrecoverable past, of “blue remembered hills” that can’t be found again. As Birkin uncovers patches of gilt and cinnabar up on his scaffold, Moon digs his pits outside the church walls; both of them are striving for some sort of, if not restoration, then freedom from their past, and for Birkin, at least, his stay at Oxgodby is a time of healing.
Undeterred, Watkins contacted the agents of the cast and director, and eventually the online fan clubs "Friends of Firth" and "Ken Friends".First printing: royal octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with illustrated boards and gilt spine titles; 121pp. Looking back on it now, I am struck by how much emotion Carr managed to pack into such a slim little book; the narrative is rather affecting, especially towards the end. However, I found it rather slight overall, like a pretty piece of pastoral music, pleasant but not soul-stirring. People move away, grow older, die, and the bright belief that there will be another marvellous thing around each corner fades.
Moon lives in a tent over a trench he has dug in a field next to the churchyard, and Birkin sets up lodgings in the bell-tower of the church. Above all, there is a marvellous description of the great wall-painting of the Judgement Day which Birkin is employed to uncover. Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. L. Carr, and stars Colin Firth, Kenneth Branagh (in his first credited role), Natasha Richardson and Patrick Malahide.When he goes to the rectory to say farewell, he finds the Keaches have packed up and left, probably for the more welcoming communities of Sussex. We can ask and ask but we can’t have again what once seemed ours forever—the way things looked, that church alone in the fields, a bed on a belfry floor, a remembered voice, the touch of a hand, a loved face. His wife is young and beautiful, and Birkin gradually comes to fall in love with her, but in a romantic rather than a passionate sense, almost as an obligatory part of a summer idyll.
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Due to the small budget of the film, Blake agreed "in lieu of a reasonable fee" to retain the copyright to his music. They put on an excellent season of films based on books and, where possible, asked people associated with it to attend for some questions afterwards. They are “two of a kind”, both quietly dedicated to their specialised work, and both beneficiaries of the late old lady of the decaying manor-house, whose shrewd eye still seems to be overlooking their work.