A Month in the Country Book Summary and Study Guide

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of A Month in the Country

The Great War, or World War I, was no easy time for all involved, least of all those
Click here to see the rest of this review

who actually fought in the trenches. It is Engoand in the summer of 1920--the war is well
over, but the fallout of that war continues to rage. Two young veterans of the war, Birkin
and Moon, find they are neighbors at Oxgodby. Birkin has been commissioned to restore a
medieval wall painting in the local church and Moon is looking for the long-lost remains of
an Anglo-Saxon chieftain, reputedly buried nearby. Both are emotional cripples form the
war and this is the story of their dealing with their problems. Author Carr carefully works
this story into a poignant read, a story of successes on the one hand and disappointments
on the other. It is the story of relationships and of the characters dealing with them, from
these two young men, to the Vicar and his young wife, and to a young girl who is terminally
ill. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this short novel gives an excellent accounting of the
war's aftermath.

The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

Chapter Analysis of A Month in the Country

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   conduct in war    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

Books with storylines, themes & endings like A Month in the Country

J.L. Carr Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian