By J. L. Carr

ISBN-10: 1590176839

ISBN-13: 9781590176832

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 found medieval mural within the neighborhood church. residing within the bell tower, surrounded by way of the resplendent nation-state of excessive summer season, and laboring every day 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 existence. 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 artwork, he unearths in his thoughts a few comfort for all that has been misplaced.

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Then he hesitated, and his gaze fell away from hers, and he scowled across at Shandy. He fumbled a clasp knife out of his pocket—Shandy stepped back, snatching at his own—but when Bonny had unfolded his blade he pressed the point into the tip of his own left forefinger and flicked the blade outward, throwing a couple of drops of blood toward Shandy, and at the same time he began chanting a nonsensical multi-language rhyme. Shandy noticed that the sun was suddenly hotter—shockingly hotter—and then Skank had leaped onto Jim Bonny's back from behind and knocked him forward onto his knees in the water, and then hopped off and planted a bare foot between the shoulders of Bonny's coat and shoved him onto his face in the shallows.

Shandy stayed on the forecastle, and a smile slowly deepened the lines in his dark face, and his eyes narrowed in anticipation of the day when he'd be able to use this new bit of information against his uncle. He was glad the pirates were only going to an uninhabited section of the Florida coast, and not aiming at some fray, for it would be unthinkable for him to be killed before dealing with his father's brother. As soon as they had got north of the Bahama shoals and were into the deep blue water of the Providence Channel, Shandy was summoned aft by Hodge, the Jenny's lean, grinning skipper, and told that he would now begin to earn his keep … and for the next five hours Shandy was kept exhaustingly busy.

Shandy nodded and went back up to the forecastle. The rain wasn't uncomfortably cold, and, as Hodge had pointed out, it would be pleasant to have the salt washed out of his clothes so that tomorrow they would—for once—dry out completely. The first fury of the downpour had abated, and the Carmichael was again clearly visible ahead. Chandagnac knew that in a few hours he'd be crawling below, still in his sopping wet clothes, to find a corner to sleep in, and he hoped Beth Hurwood was finding more comfortable accommodations aboard the ship.

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