I've praised J. L. Carr's A Month in the Country on this blog before. But today, for whatever reason, I was reminded of that wonderful novella. I think The Guardian gets it right when characterizing the book as a pastoral vision of life (particularly rural life) following the Great War. Here's a link to their review. They're also right to hint at the novella's "elegiac qualities." If you've read the book, I think you'll agree: it really is a minor masterpiece.