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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 25 January 2018
'Invitation To The Dance' by Hilary Spurling is an essential companion to Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time - the 12-volume masterpiece which captures England’s 20th century cultural landscape. It's also a beautiful looking book too, with an endorsement from Anthony Powell on the cover.

'Invitation To The Dance' is a magnificent and indispensable reference book for reminding yourself who is who within A Dance to the Music of Time. As the series chronicles over 300 characters it is a challenge remembering who's who. Be careful not to read each entry all the way to the end, as many contain spoilers which might impinge on your enjoyment if you refer to this book whilst midway through the series. Not only is 'Invitation To The Dance' a fantastic resource, it's also a good read in its own right.
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on 15 December 2008
Hilary Spurling's Handbook is not only an invaluable resource and companion to Anthony Powell's magnum opus, but in itself an impressive piece of literature- the sheer effort of collating the details and intricacies of each character's lifespan as portrayed in the 12-book roman fleuve strikes the reader with every page. Presented in such a format, one can truly appreciate the vastness of Powell's created world; the novel is made even more impressive as a result.

While this book will likely be primarily employed as an intermittent accompaniment to a reading of the series (one can quite easily lose track of a particular character's whereabouts or current status if not reading assiduously)- it stands alone as an enjoyable way to fill an afternoon simply browsing through the wealth of information contained within- the character biographies are droll and, while the nature of the book (essentially purely factual) does not necessarily lend itself to the author expressing her own views to any considerable extent, one does encounter a certain wryness here and there that proves amusing.

Regarding the physical quality of the book- the binding seems fairly sturdy, and the paper of a good quality (considering the poor quality of many modern English books I feel it is sadly necessary to assuage potential buyers' fears on this matter!)

For anyone who finds themselves occasionally losing track of details in the plot, or simply wishes to check whether Sillery's first name was ever mentioned, this is a superb purchase. Random House should be praised for their publication of this book, which was much sought after by Powell enthusiasts during a lengthy period of being out of print. Highly recommended.
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on 23 February 2018
Thanks to Hilary Spurling's indefatogable new mega-biography, I have plunged back into Anthony Powell's *Dance* (compulisve reading it is too, even after all these years).... this handbook is invaluable. actually: in a book of so many volumes 'tis easy to forget who's who.What's more. its is VERY WELL DONE. Strongly recommended!
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on 14 May 2016
My husband is a great fan of Anthony Powell's Dance to the Music of Time --- so this book was a present for him. He finds it extremely informative and fascinating. Thank you.
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on 11 December 2013
Useful to Powell devotees, and well-written in its own right. The thumbnail sketches are often like Marc cartoons in their sharpness.
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on 29 June 2013
This is strictly for readers and lovers of the Powell sequence- like me. In that case, it's a wonderful browse and a reminder of the whole series..
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on 14 November 2013
A work of reference for a complex novel. One doesn't read it through - just use it as and if needed. Detailed and thorough.
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on 19 February 2015
Brilliant resource. An enormous help in finding my way amongst huge cast of characters, and events.
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on 31 January 2014
Very useful but be careful if you read it before finishing the whole series, I was reminding myself of details of one of the lesser characters when I was near the end of the series and accidentally hit a massive spoiler so be careful not to read about a character beyond where you have got up to!!
Very thorough and useful book though apart from that!
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on 4 December 2012
NOT FOR KINDLING AS ONE NEEDS TO REFER TO THE INDEX FREQUENTLY BUT WONDERFUL BOOK FOR POWELL ENTHUSIASTS.
WHY DO YOU INSIST ON A CERTAIN NUMBER OF WORDS?
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