A Dance To The Music Of Time: First Movement

Paperback | May 31, 1995

byAnthony Powell

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Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by "Time" as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," "A Dance to the Music of Time" opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art. In the second volume they move to London 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 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, 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.
Includes these novels:
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"A Buyer's Market "
"The Acceptance World"
"Anthony Powell is the best living English novelist by far. His admirers are addicts, let us face it, held in thrall bya magician."--"Chicago Tribune"
"A book which creates a world and explores it in depth, which ponders changing relationships and values, which creates brilliantly living and diverse characters and then watches them grow and change in their milieu. . . . Powell's world is as large and as complex as Proust's."--Elizabeth Janeway, "New York Times"
"One of the most important works of fiction since the Second World War. . . . 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."--Naomi Bliven, "New Yorker"

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Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by "Time" as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," "A Dance to the Music of Time" opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:732 pages, 8.02 × 5.38 × 1.58 inPublished:May 31, 1995

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ISBN - 10:0226677141

ISBN - 13:9780226677149

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from a parade of fascinating characters A Dance to the Music of Time, 1st Movement It is hard to overlook the similarity between this title and Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. They have a lot in common. Powell's 1st Movement has over 700 pages - luckily ! Both the French and the English novels deal with sets of characters within a particular section of society. Both books examine minutely the individual characteristics of each like pathologists poking at lesions. Powell very slowly unrolls the facets of his set of aspiring socialite Londoners in such a way as to change one's opinion of a character as further events unfold. There is a great deal of humour of the sly and wry variety. The world of the 1st Movement is not that of 2013. We may not embark on country weekends at the estates of the minor titled aristocracy or attend salons but we can recognise the actors as people with feelings like ours. I shall ration my reading of the next 3 volumes so as to prolong the pleasure.
Date published: 2013-01-28