A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement

A Dance to the Music of Time st Movement 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 Dan

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, busiAnthony 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 En

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  1. Anthony Dymoke Powel CH, CBE was an English novelist best known for his twelve volume work A Dance to the Music of Time, published between 1951 and 1975.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.

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  1. I ve been meaning for some time to post a review of Dance to the Music of Time, which is pretty much my favorite book ever, but it s hard to know where to start If you ve read it, you know it s a masterpiece, and anything I say is irrelevant If you haven t read it, I m faced with the daunting task of persuading you that it s worth your time to get through it Not only is it 12 volumes long, but everyone calls Powell the English Proust Why read some inferior Proust wannabe when you can get the rea [...]


  2. As an unrefined youth up until last year or so when someone said Jane Austen s novels were all about manners, I d wonder how it was she could have filled whole books with talk about fork placement and ballroom protocol It finally dawned on me that they must have meant manners in a broader sense prevailing customs, ways of living that sort of thing If my new interpretation is indeed correct, I can state with confidence that this collection of twelve Anthony Powell classics is also all about manne [...]



  3. I ve been somewhere tonight that Ant has never been and frankly, I m thinking maybe he s right Maybe it s better to discuss how posh people lay the cutlery for dinner parties than life at the bottom And I have only myself to blame Much, much later the rest of this entry has been cut on the grounds that it is crap, even by the standards set here And, as usual, I hope it is understood that a review of A Dance to the Music of Time can be about absolutely anything Really, this is no than an apology [...]


  4. 5 Strobing Foxtrot Stars on a Huge Dancefloor Go to this Roman FleuveI took much delight in this fascinating and woefully underappreciated roman fleuve a long sequence of novels together making up a single work particularly when reflecting upon it as a dance to the music of time in which partners disappear only to reappear once again, once giving pattern to the spectacle A Dance to the Music of Time, composed of four movements of three novels each, takes place between 1921 through 1975 in Engla [...]


  5. see comment explanation belowNot yet started my planned reread of not only these three novels A Question of Upbringing, A Buyer s Market, The Acceptance World , but of the whole series The twelve volumes of Powell s Dance was really one of the reading highlights of my life.I ve written a few words to review Powell s first season of the dance, Spring, than once The earliest version had a personal note in it, something like the reconstruction of it as I now recall, which occasioned Comment 1 belo [...]


  6. I thought of Plato s Cave during the very first page I was reminded of Brideshead Revisited as Nick the narrator visits the home of a friend with a rich mother admittedly, that s based on superficialities I couldn t help but think of M Swann while reading of Nick s childhood memories of Mr Deacon the child had heard his parents discuss the man and he thus becomes a mysterious figure to the narrator.I realize I m not catching many of Powell s literary and painterly allusions.I hope to have of su [...]


  7. A A Dance to the Music of Time may well be one of the great literary works about the everyday life of the upper class in England and those attempting to break into it or rise within its social ranks The writing is excellent, of course, but I rarely found myself transported by this work of meta fiction about social climbing and high society, for example, in the same way in which Proust does Powell is often considered an English Proust as the focus of the writing has to do with life and striving a [...]


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  9. Wisdom is the power to admit that you cannot understand and judge the people in their entirety Anthony Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time 1st Movement The First Movement SPRING contains the following three novels 1 A Question of Upbringing A Dance to the Music of Time, 1 read January 28, 20162 A Buyer s Market A Dance to the Music of Time 2 read February 1, 20163 The Acceptance World A Dance to the Music of Time, 3 read February 9 , 2016I read these three novels starting in January 2016 and en [...]


  10. Spring is a season when nature awakes and everything comes into blossom Youth is a spring of human life consciousness awakes and everyone is full of high expectations And it is also a time of opening one s eyes and shedding some delusions But, in a sense, nothing in life is planned or everything is because in the dance every step is ultimately the corollary of the step before the consequence of being the kind of person one chances to be Anthony Powell literally makes long forgotten conflicts and [...]


  11. the termination of a given passage of timee hidden gate goes downd all scoring is doubled This is perhaps an image of how we live For reasons not always at the time explicable, there are specific occasions when events begin suddenly to take on a significance previously unsuspected so that before we really know where we are, life seems to have begun in earnest at last, and we ourselves, scarcely aware that any change has taken place, are careering uncontrollably down the slippery avenues of etern [...]


  12. A Dance to the Music of Time is a twelve novel cycle examining English society from the 1920s to the 1960s through the lives of its predominantly upper middle class characters, which is presented as the memoirs of the narrator, Nick Jenkins The cycle is broken into four movements , consisting of three novels each This, the first movement, is comprised of A Question of Upbringing, A Buyer s Market and The Acceptance World The title is a reference to Nicolas Poussin s painting of the same name, wh [...]


  13. 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 amus [...]


  14. I have very mixed feelings about this book On the one hand, Powell gives a highly detailed picture of English life between the wars for a certain class of men And some of it is quite funny On the other hand, it was incredibly slow moving though listening to large parts of it dramatized the book than reading it Nicholas Jenkins, the protagonist of the book, is very passive, an observer than a truly well rounded character And his views of women are condescending and derogatory I don t think that [...]


  15. First posting 6 11 2014 for A Question of UpbringingSecond posting 7 29 2014 for A Buyer s MarketFinal Posting 8 19 2014 for The Acceptance WorldThis edition includes the first three books of the 12 volume series I ll review them individually, as that is how I m reading them.A Question of Upbringing introduces us to who I assume will be the four main characters throughout the series It is told in the first person by Jenkins first name as yet unknown and begins in about the year 1921 The boys are [...]


  16. This contains the first three novels of Powell s cycle.A Question of Upbringing 4 out of 5 stars.This first novel, of the overall twelve novels involved, comes across as little than a high er brow version of A Seperate Peace And to me, that s not a bad thing It s quite readable, if a bit dry in places, and manages itself very well.It s essentially the first 230page chapter of an overall novel that spans the life of the main character so, this time is spent introducing the character, as well as [...]


  17. This and the other four volumes are actually a total of 12 novels following a welter of British characters from 1914 until the mid 1960s I am about to start reading the whole sequence for the third time There is also a great BBC dramatization on DVD Dance to the Music of Time.This is the British equivalent of Proust s In Search of Lost Time I guess I find it closer to life as it was lived in the 20th century and certainly to the idea of our lives as a dance that characters keep returning to, in [...]




  18. A Dance to the Music of Time is a twelve volume cycle of novels by Anthony Powell The books are available individually or as four volumes.SpringA Question of Upbringing 1951 A Buyer s Market 1952 The Acceptance World 1955 SummerAt Lady Molly s 1957 Casanova s Chinese Restaurant 1960 The Kindly Ones 1962 AutumnThe Valley of Bones 1964 The Soldier s Art 1966 The Military Philosophers 1968 WinterBooks Do Furnish a Room 1971 Temporary Kings 1973 Hearing Secret Harmonies 1975 Dates are first UK publi [...]


  19. My favorite novel of the 20th century is probably Anthony Powell s twelve volume marathon, A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME, written between 1951 and 1975 Supremely civilized, enormous in design, an unforgettable picture of a way of life and a class that were disappearing even when Powell was one of the bright young people who were so visible in the 1920s in London, the books that make up Dance are also very funny.I first read DANCE when I was in my early thirties, and the story in the first three b [...]


  20. A verdade que todas aquelas salsichas e bananas espalhadas na cara do in cio de A Question of Upbringing me fez lembrar do quanto gosto do ch com bolo do pequeno Marcel Mas se eu quiser tentar gostar desse livro, vou ter que esquecer que Proust existe e tentar me concentrar e pensar na obra por si s , j que Em Busca do Tempo Perdido sofre do mesmo mal dos grandes as, uma vez experimentado tudo que lhe subsequente parece nfimo, p lido e sem gosto, mas nem por isso deixaremos de experimentar outro [...]


  21. Powell takes you back to a time and place, Britain and France in the 1920s, that no longer exists He also describes a class culture that is unfamiliar to this reader who grew up in the Midwest He does this with a prose style and a structure that, through episodes in the lives of four boys on the verge of adulthood, slowly builds a story that seems very true to life You gradually learn about the relationships through the eys of the narrator, Jenkins, and by the time he says goodbye to his Uncle G [...]


  22. This book was in 3 parts and this is some of my frustration on how to rate the book Even having completed the book, I m still struggling with some of the first portion I either was missing key points along the way, or that part of the story could have been shorter By a lot By the last portion, I really liked it I could see things clearly The people seemed 3 dementional I m probably going to have to read the next book now, which I didn t imagine I would say when I finished the first part of the [...]


  23. On a recent holiday to London we decided not to be too touristy and spent our time walking the streets and soaking up the feel of the city We actually stayed around the corner from Shepherd s Market in Mayfair exactly where Nick Jenkins resided So, reading this was not only wonderful because of the great characters and comic relief, the sense of place for me was magical.


  24. I ve rated the individual books which make up this First Movement as 4 stars each however, the overall experience definitely rates 5 stars for me I m so thoroughly loving this journey into the world of Nick Jenkins.


  25. I picked this one and the second movement up at the book sale Its supposed to be difficult but beautiful Right up my alley.


  26. Now, I must be honest.While the book did captivate me in the end, I am glad there are at three other movements to be read, or I would not have felt the story had concluded, as, of course, it was not meant to.For Powell, the author, to build the social and political settings for the novels which follow, it took hundreds of pages before I began to feel an engagement with characters This being said, Powell has tremendous insight into the complexities of love and human psychology In addition, his al [...]


  27. It s difficult to write about this series without mentioning Proust at some point, so I might as well get it out of the way now It s probably not a coincidence I m reading this series not long after finishing a certain doorstop of a translated French novel, for one thing they stack really nicely together and if you re browsing in a well stocked bookstore they re shelved conveniently near each other thanks to the last names being very similar It doesn t take long for the eye to wander from the sh [...]


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