In J.L. Carr’s tale of survival and healing, a damaged veteran rediscovers the primeval rhythms of life so cruelly disorientated by the Great War.

In the summer of 1920 two men meet in the quiet English countryside. One is a war survivor, living in a church, intent upon uncovering and restoring a historical wall-painting. The other, too, is a war survivor, camping in the next field in search of a lost grave. Out of their physical meeting comes a deeper communion - with the landscape, with history - and a renewed belief in the future.

The Booker Prize 1980
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J.L. Carr

J.L. Carr

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J.L. Carr was born in Thirsk, England. He started writing full-time relatively late in life, at the age of 55.
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