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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London.
Amid the fever of the s and the first chill of the s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Amid the fever of the s and the first chill of the s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art. In the second volume they move to Tu TEn Vas - Various - Melody Time - Party Time (Box Set) in a whirl of marriage and adulteries, fashions and frivolities, personal triumphs and failures.
These books "provide an unsurpassed picture, at once gay and melancholy, of social and artistic life in Britain between the wars" Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. The third volume follows Nick into army life and evokes London during the blitz.
In the climactic final volume, England has won the war and must now count the losses. Four very different young men on the threshold of manhood dominate this opening volume of A Dance to the Music of Time. The narrator, Jenkins—a budding writer—shares a room with Templer, already a passionate womanizer, and Stringham, aristocratic and reckless.
Widermerpool, as hopelessly awkward as he is intensely ambitious, lurks on the periphery of their world. Amid the fever of the s and the first chill of the s, these four gain their initiations into sex, society, business, and art.
Considered a masterpiece of modern fiction, Powell's epic creates a rich panorama of life in England between the wars. Hisadmirers are addicts, let us face it, held in thrall by a magician.
Powell's world is as large and as complex as Proust's. The novel looked, as it began, something like a comedy of manners; then, for a while, like a tragedy of manners; now like a vastly entertaining, deeply melancholy, yet somehow courageous statement about human experience. Get A Copy. Published first published More Details Original Title.
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Except perhaps the last one. I didn't feel he had got the comeuppance of Widmerpool quite right. That is the delight; the books are so readable. Feb 04, Ted rated it it was amazing Shelves: classicslit-british. The men at work at the corner of the street had made a kind of camp for themselves, where, marked out by tripods hung with red hurricane-lamps, an abyss in the road led down to a network Tu TEn Vas - Various - Melody Time - Party Time (Box Set) subterranean drain-pipes.
Gathered round the bucket of coke that burned in front of the shelter, several figures were swinging arms against bodies and rubbing hands together with large, pantomimic gestures; like comedians giving formal expression to the concept of extreme cold. So begins the series of twelve The men at work at the corner of the street had made a kind of camp for themselves, where, marked out by tripods hung with red hurricane-lamps, an abyss in the road led down to a network of subterranean drain-pipes.
So begins the series of twelve novels by Anthony Powellcollectively called A Dance to the Music of TimeId Be Surprisingly Good For You - The Sounds International Orchestra, Ramon Boales - Evita between the years and Sometimes, if one does hooked, they seem to go on as long as the writer does, and after a while one gets the impression that it has become a cash cow for a writer who has run out of the desire, or ability, to be newly creative.
See The Wheel of Time. No sequels will be forthcoming. Powell refrained from continuing the Dance for a quarter century, with each passing year demonstrating more persuasively that he was finished with it. This is only the second long series of novels I have completely read.
I enjoyed each series enormously. Usually when I started reading a book I read little else till I was finished, which is very unusual for me.
Both series involve wonderful characters, and are frequently humorous; but there are some significant differences between them. Powell has a magical way of expressing very normal observations in a unique grammar which I found a constant joy.
The Aubrey-Maturin novels tell the reader, in a third person Black Night - Various - Best Of The 70s - 60 Fantastic Songs, about a time, and a very particular slice of that time, the British Navy in the age of fighting sail. But Powell has a much wider interest.
On the first three novels Spring I hope to review these three separately this year. View all 4 comments. Dec 14, Darwin8u rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is hard to explain the appeal and rational for reading this book to friends.
I like big books I cannot lie. But it isn't just that. Powell's motivation for writing this novel is similar to my desire to read it. Powell wanted to capture the changes that happened in England from the period right after WWI through the s. He is able to keep characters over 40 It is hard to explain the appeal and rational for reading this book to friends. He is able to keep characters over 40 years. He was able to weave together a narrative that was coherent over 12 novels, but each also seemed to exist, artistically, in its own space.
Dec 08, Mikela rated it it was amazing Shelves: slist-readbooks-read-in Have you ever taken a long road trip, one where you marveled at the diverse scenery that you passed along the way, crossed the desert, maybe even stopped long enough to explore a cave, a quaint little shop, or Tu TEn Vas - Various - Melody Time - Party Time (Box Set) a swim in the ocean?
Perhaps you stopped long enough to meet new and interesting people, tried different foods and took in that open air concert at the town square. You've had wonderful experiences and enjoyed the trip immensely, but oh the relief to have the trip over, to put your Have you ever taken a long road trip, one where you marveled at the diverse scenery that you passed along the way, crossed the Tu TEn Vas - Various - Melody Time - Party Time (Box Set), maybe even stopped long enough to explore a cave, a quaint little shop, or for a swim in the ocean?
You've had wonderful experiences and enjoyed the trip immensely, but oh the relief to have the trip over, to put your feet up and give a sigh of contentment that you are back home to once again sleep in your own bed that fits your body perfectly amidst all your belongings that make it your home.
It was a memorable trip with Jenkins and his friends, watching them as they grew Red Cross - Charlie Parker - Boss Bird! schoolboys to young men just stepping into I Still Love You - Aneurol 50 - Next To Your Door half-way stage between teenagers and adults then on to the beginnings of their careers and adult relationships.
A side trip, called the war, derailed their lives for six long years but we met more people on this path, people not normally to be met during peacetime, and most soon out of their lives again. To give a detailed description of a book of this length with the number of characters introduced is a task far beyond the capabilities of this reader so what I'll present are my highly condensed thoughts.
The entire 12 novel sequence, primarily set in England between the two wars, was narrated in the first person by Nicholas Jenkins who drew detailed pictures of his friends, Stringham, Templer, Moreland, Widmerpool and others, their triumphs, their joys, their personalities, and their troubles, so well that we could relate them to people and events we have known in our own lives.
We were taken into the world of the arts, literature and fine art with writers, artists, actors, composers, film makers, publishers and politicians and saw their struggles for Passenger - Phil Lesh and Friends - Darien Center, NY 7.08.06 and financial success in England, France and Venice as we also watched the overall changing societal culture of the time.
Jenkins proved to be a reliable yet dispassionate narrator and a keen observer of events and those people around him. At the same time, other than his career path Jenkins was strangely reticent about his own personal life.
Except for his Uncle Giles, we were told little to give us a picture of his own parents and family or his life with them. We know he married a woman named Isobel Tolland but in addition to the name we know nothing of her as a person except as an extension of himself. He spoke often about her aunts, uncles and siblings and their doings but seldom of Isobel herself. Of his offspring we know even less. He mentions a child but never gives its name and except for a few brief references to a son he almost totally ignores his existence.
I finished the book learning very little about the man Jenkins himself so was unable to form any emotional attachment to him. This whole saga was written with such seeming dispassion that this reader also felt detached from emotion.
The last two books of the sequence brought a close to the stories of the main characters with happy outcomes for some, less happy for others and truly sad endings for still others.
Here Jenkins did also introduce a whole new generation of young adults with their happenings but a whole new novel will have to be written to take us further. According to Wikipedia, Powell is reputed to have taken inspiration for his sequence and the name A Dance to The Music of Time from the painting of the same title by Nicolas Poissin c and based many Hearts Arms - Bonnie Prince Billy - Beware his characters on actual people of his time including Oscar Wilde, Aleister Crowley and John Galsworthy.
I have read that Powell introduced about characters into the novel and I can readily believe it. Some we grew to Espagne: Presentes Al Niño Jesús - Swingle Singers* - Navidades Sin Pasaporte well, others we met with a handshake or a nod of the head, others were brief acquaintances, in and out of Jenkins life rapidly, but each leaving his footprints behind.
It is to Powell's credit that he maintained the flavor of his characters as Tu TEn Vas - Various - Melody Time - Party Time (Box Set) as the tone of the sequence throughout which was no mean feat considering the time span taken to write the book from the first to the last. Some books I enjoyed more than others with Jenkins war-time life being my least favorite but my interest never waned throughout.
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