A A Dance to the Music of Time : Dance To The Music Of Time Volume 2 Summer Vol 2, Paperback Book

A A Dance to the Music of Time : Dance To The Music Of Time Volume 2 Summer Vol 2 Paperback

Part of the A Dance to the Music of Time series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Anthony Powell's brilliant twelve-novel sequence chronicles the lives of over three hundred characters, and is a unique evocation of life in twentieth-century England.

It is unrivalled for its scope, its humour and the enormous pleasure it has given to generations. Volume 2 contains the second three novels in the sequence: At Lady Molly's; Casanova's Chinese Restaurant; The Kindly Ones




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If not all of these episodes in the saga live up to the promise of the very first one, and the Valley of the Bones is nothing more than a pilot episode of "Dad's Army", The Kindly Ones surely has to be a very great novel in its own right?

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'A Dance to the Music of Time' follows the lives of a group of young men through public school, university, and careers in politics or the arts, as they fall in and out of love. The narrative is episodic in nature, sometimes jumping forwards through the years, structured like a formal dance, with characters coming together and parting at intervals, a little changed each time. This is not a book that reaches out to the reader. You have to fight your way through a cloud of reserve and understatement and nuance. At the beginning, there is almost a vacuum where the first person narrator should be. He describes the people around him and their actions, but we learn next to nothing of the narrator himself. But it is a book worth persevering with. The complexity of the dance is compelling, and the characters if lacking in warmth, altruism, or any sort of commitment (other than to surface appearances and to the struggle for power) are fascinating. And by the end we come to see an intriguing hint of depths behind the icy reserve of the narrator.