By J. L. Carr
In J. L. Carr's deeply charged poetic novel, Tom Birkin, a veteran of the good struggle and a damaged marriage, arrives within the distant Yorkshire village of Oxgodby the place he's to revive a lately came across medieval mural within the neighborhood church. dwelling within the bell tower, surrounded through the resplendent nation-state of excessive summer time, and laboring on a daily basis to discover an nameless painter's depiction of the apocalypse, Birkin unearths that he himself has been restored to a brand new, and hopeful, attachment to lifestyles. yet summer time ends, and with the paintings performed, Birkin needs to go away. Now, lengthy after, as he displays at the passage of time and the ability of paintings, he unearths in his thoughts a few comfort for all that has been misplaced.
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