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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (2 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099416875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099416876
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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"I would rather read Mr Powell than any English novelist now writing" (Kingsley Amis)

"There is no other novelist whose work gives so much or such consistent pleasure." (TLS)

"I think it is now becoming clear that A Dance to the Music of Time is going to become the greatest modern novel since Ulysses." (Clive James)

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'One of English fiction's few twentieth-century masterpieces' -John Lanchester, London Review of Books

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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2010
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I am slowly working my way through the entire sequence of twelve novels which make up A Dance To The Music of Time. They comprise an epic project in which Powell looks at upper class British society in the first half of the Twentieth Century from the point of view of his main character, Nicholas Jenkins. The first three books, which make up the Spring trilogy I found fairly hard work. There were lots of characters to get to grips with and orienting myself in the complex social rituals that make up the world Powell depicts was hard. In this second volume things are much easier. The writing picks up, the characters become more interesting and the story fairly zips along. The novels are in a kind of rough chronological sequence overall but Powell uses Jenkins' memoirs to zip backwards and forwards in time, so we move from Jenkins' childhood pre WWI and his impressions of the impact of that war, to the dawn of WWII, ending just as Jenkins is attempting to get called up. Engaging, wittily written and absorbing. I am looking forward to reading the Autumn years.
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Anthony Powell's masterpiece centres around a handful of upper-middle-class characters, who make their way from schooldays to old age, passing through the Second World War and concluding in the 1970s. However, there are hundreds of incidental, lesser characters who weave their way in and out of the novels, carrying along the story of an entire generation.

The key character of the novel -- and the most interesting -- is Kenneth Widmerpool, who enters the novel as an oddity -- a lower-class boy at an upper-class school, not quite right in anything he does, mocked by other boys, and yet a puzzle to them. Over the course of the novels, we trace Widmerpool's rising fortunes, and see how his oddness, his accomplished fawning, his determination, his willingness to face any humiliation and survive any snub, take him to the very top of British society. Widmerpool is one of the greatest creations of modern fiction. Every other character in the novel is in some way seen in relation to Widmerpool, and helps in some way to shed light on the rise of a new force in British political life, the Labour Party. And as Widmerpool's fortunes rise, so the old ruling class, the landed gentry and the Old School, are shown in decline. New money replaces old, the status quo crumbles silently into dust.

A common criticisms of this series is that it is wordy. Powell is a writer who loves to expand on the minutiae of life, producing a flow of words which at times overwhelms the reader. Moreover, the books are repetitive, consisting largely of endless conversations between characters which don't always go anywhere, and merge into one another; but this is a group of novels to be read at leisure, rather than to be raced through. Take them along on a slow boat to China.

I recommend the novels very highly to anyone who loves to read well-written English, and who has the patience for the long haul.
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I have to agree with fellow Amazon commentator MJ about poor printing in this edition - it's atrocious, and customers deserve better for their money. But, oh, the writing, the writing, you cannot fault it, prose of beauty and precision, like an expensive Swiss watch, which most, though not all, of the characters here could well afford. Reading one hilarious scene in At Lady Molly's, the first volume in this Summer trilogy, I pencilled 'Jane Austen' next to a conversation between a trio of lesbians, a peeved sister on the brink of another (probably disastrous) marriage, and narrator Nick - an interchange as accomplished as the early verbal skirmishes between Lizzie Bennett and Mr Darcy in P&P, and it doesn't get better than that. Here, though, we can enjoy a supremely sarcastic butler (Smith, which would never have occurred to JA), giving an upper class booby short shrift as he asks a typically dimwitted question about where he can find the lady of the house. One of the great 20th century critics Clive James (though he's still with us in the 21st, thankfully) rates 'Dance' as one of the great 20th century English novels. Too much greatness there maybe? No, he's spot on, and it is. Buy now while stocks last.
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I'm afraid I'm a bit of AP fan and this is the 3rd or 4th time I've read the whole sequence - this time on Kindle.
His prose can be a little dense, even opaque, at times and I often feel I have to re-read sections to understand the full meaning, but as a portrait of a certain kind of upper-middle class life through the 20th century it is fascinating. However one should not be put off by the ambience as the characterisation transcends class and circumstances. Widmerpool must be one of the greatest comic (?) creations of all time. Everyone knows someone like Widmerpool, although perhaps not such an extreme example; he is a consolation to anyone who is frustrated by the prospect of someone advancing inexorably up the greasy pole, despite their manifest inadequacies and faults. Hard work and determination can get one a long way.
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I agree with the above - how anyone could read this and be left with the impression that the characters are cardboard cutouts is beyond me - the sequence is one protracted and complex procession of deft characterisation! I picked up these for one holiday and was mesmerised. Powell's writing is of a quite extraordinary standard - his evocation of people in time is quite astonishing. I too feel that I'm a better doctor for having read these novels. Anyone who is interested in people, thought and exquisite language will relish these.
I particularly loved his reconstruction of Aleister Crowley - I think he did too, so much so he reincarnated him in the last book!
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