Hearing Secret Harmonies (A Dance to the Music of Time #12)
A Dance to the Music of Time – his brilliant 12-novel sequence, which chronicles the lives of over three hundred characters, is a unique evocation of life in twentieth-century England.
The novels follow Nicholas Jenkins, Kenneth Widmerpool and others, as they negotiate the intellectual, cultural and social hurdles that stand between them and the “Acceptance World.”
The final two volumes, Temporary Kings and Hearing Secret Harmonies, each moving th ...more
Also I must give a shout-out to Hilary Spurling's 'Invitation to the Dance: A Handbook to A Dance to the Music of Time,' an indispensable guide. My thanks for my friend Tess Parker for steering me to it.
The book ends with some quite esoteric encounters with what can only be described as a cult. A collection of vagabond hippies have found inspiration in a collection of pagan rituals based on the life and work of the long deceased Dr Trelawney. Somewhat surprisingly, this cult enfolds one of the key characters an ...more
Starting at an English boarding school and focusing initially on three of his friends there, narrator Nicholas Jenkins introduces us to 300 characters i ...more
The final part of A Dance to the Music of Time concentrates on what has been an occasional theme until now, esoteric religion, as several characters become involved in what would probably today be described as a New Age cult. Most of the remaining long running characters (including the narrator, Nick Jenkins) are now in their sixties or seventies, and the title refers to both these elements - it is part of a quotation about being affected by mysti ...more
The books take the reader from the early years of the 20th Century through the 1970's. Through the narrator's eyes, we are part of a world morphing from debutante dinners and country house weekends through the Second World War and on to the hippy cults of the 70's.
Many of the characters are introduced in Book 1 and float in and out ...more
Hearing Secret Harmonies has to be my least favourite of all the novels though; for Widmerpool to be a Peer one moment, to a University Chancellor the next (apparently happy for students to express themselves violently), to being a mad cult member, just seems a little too strange an ending. In ...more
Powell's major work has remained in print continuously and has been the subject of TV and radio dramatisations. In 2008, The Times newspaper named Powell among their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".