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A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
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Jan 22, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: britain, c20th, 1001-books-read
Recommended to Lisa by: Lurline
Read from January 18 to 22, 2012

A Dance to the Music of Time is a delicious book: I am loving every minute of reading it. Originally comprising 12 separate novels published from 1951 to 1975 it now comes in four volumes and I’ve only read the first volume so far, but I am hooked.

Sometimes compared to Proust’s A La Recherche du Temps Perdu (Remembrance of Lost Time), Anthony Powell’s masterpiece might also be called a comedy of manners. It is much easier to read than Proust, and not just because the sentences are shorter: it’s more amusing, less angst-ridden, and the ‘Britishness’ of its subtle ironies is part of its charm.

A clumsy summary might make this work seem like a soap-opera, so I shan’t try except to say that the novels follow the fortunes of a group of young men through their adolescence and adulthood, from the immediate post WW1 period to the early 1970s. It begins when Jenkins, Templer, Stringham and Widmerpool are in the same house at Eton, and it moves on as they muddle their desultory way through and out of university and then into careers of one sort or another. They muddle into and out of relationships too: love, business, artistic and so on. Along the way there is a veritable cavalcade of eccentric and sometimes dubious characters from all walks of life.

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message 1: by Merilee (new)

Merilee I'll be curious to hear what you think....


message 2: by Merilee (new)

Merilee I must have missed something, Lisa. I bought them all and was all excited and then got completely bored halfway through the first one...


Lisa Merilee wrote: "I must have missed something, Lisa. I bought them all and was all excited and then got completely bored halfway through the first one..." No! I don't believe it! It's an enchanting book!


message 4: by Merilee (new)

Merilee I'd say I'd try again, but I gave them all away...I was so looking forward to a long series of great books...


message 5: by Ian (new)

Ian Vinogradus As someone who hasn't ventured this way yet, the Poissin image and extract from the text was really enlightening.


Lisa Merilee wrote: "I'd say I'd try again, but I gave them all away...I was so looking forward to a long series of great books..." I've done this a couple of times, a book just hasn't resonated with me, and its heirs and succcessors on the TBR have gone off to the OpShop,and then I've had a Road to Damscus moment and wanted them back!


Lisa Ian wrote: "As someone who hasn't ventured this way yet, the Poissin image and extract from the text was really enlightening." Yes, and as you read, the signifiance of the extract takes on more meaning, but it's the sort of book where to venture there is to venture into spoiler territory. I may yet do that as I read the rest of the set, but since I've only read the first volume, I couldn't do justice to the series at this stage.


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