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“No, not if ten Vice-Presidents and each with two heads on his neck were coming to unveil it,” Mr.Gidner said sourly. “God willing—and I’m pretty sure he is—I never again shall set foot in your United States. Never! Guest of Honour? Honour! What has honour to do with Pollocks Crossing? And this monument you go on about!…Well, get the inscription right. What about this? Henry Fairwell and James Ardvaak Hereabouts done to death by their countrymen. July 5th 1930.”
A story recounted by an English school teacher of his experience in drought-ravaged South Dakota during the 1930’s. The conflict between the liberals and the dominant conservatism of the mid-West points out disturbing elements in the American world.
In J.L. Carr’s deeply charged poetic novel, Tom Birkin, a veteran of the Great War and a broken marriage, arrives in the remote Yorkshire village of Oxgodby where he is to restore a recently discovered medieval mural in the local church. Living in the bell tower, surrounded by the resplendent countryside of high summer, and laboring each day to uncover an anonymous painter’s extraordinary depiction of the apocalypse, Birkin finds that he himself has been restored to a new, and hopeful, attachment to life. But summer ends, and with the work done, Birkin must leave. Now, long after, as he reflects on the passage of time and the power of art, he finds in his memories some consolation for all that has been lost.