Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

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by Anthony 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…  See more details below

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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:
A Question of Upbringing
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 by a 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226677149
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Series:
First Movement
Edition description:
1
Pages:
732
Sales rank:
248,633
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.70(d)

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Anthony Powell's work includes Miscellaneous Verdicts and Under Review, both available from the University of Chicago Press.

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Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
rgarro More than 1 year ago
I think that this book needs more action. The characterizations are insightful, but on the whole the book is boring. I am having a very difficult time to keep reading. I want to believe that because there are so many books in the series that it must get better, but I may give up after the first book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"A Dance to the Music of Time" is better than Proust's "In Search of Lost Time" (perdue is "lost," not "past"!!!!) There is a steady supply of "laugh-out-loud" moments, a great understanding of the underlying springs of human nature, and Anthony Powell (which he apparently pronounced "pole") captures what England was like after World War I.
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