A Dance to the Music of Time: 3rd Movement

A Dance to the Music of Time rd 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

  • Title: A Dance to the Music of Time: 3rd Movement
  • Author: Anthony Powell
  • ISBN: 9780226677170
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.In this third volume of A Dance to the Music of Time, we again meet Widmerpool, doggedly rising in rank Jenkins, shifted from one dismal army post to another Stringham, heroically emerging from alcoholism Templer, still on his eternal sexual quest Here, too, we are introduced to Pamela Flitton, one of the most beautiful and dangerous women in modern fiction Wickedly barbed in its wit, uncanny in its seismographic recording of human emotions and social currents, this saga stands as an unsurpassed rendering of England s finest yet most costly hour.Includes these novels The Valley of BonesThe Soldier s ArtThe Military Philosophers 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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    1. “War is long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror.”-- old combat adageThe Third Movement (**FALL**) contains the following three novels: 1. The Valley of Bones (A Dance to the Music of Time, #7)-- read June 19, 20162. The Soldier's Art (A Dance to the Music of Time, #8)-- read August 16, 20163. The Military Philosophers (A Dance to the Music of Time, #9)-- read August 22, 2016I read these three novels starting in mid June 2016 and ending August 22, 2016. I've hyperlinked [...]

    2. 4.5 starsWhile the dullness of administrative army life is inevitable, here it is not written as such, at least not lengthily, and through much of this installment I was speeding along with everything that happens. Irony abounds: the worst happens to these characters while the narrator, Nick, is on leave; he hears of other deaths quite a while after they happen and his informants are surprised to find that he did not know already. When Nick first meets Pennistone (one of several new characters i [...]

    3. I am still working on the best way to describe A Dance to the Music of Time in a sentence or two and how to persuade someone that they should read a twelve-volume epic about a posh English guy's really rather unremarkable life. Nick Jenkins, our stalwart protagonist, is now in his thirties as World War II breaks out, and rest assured, he will not be storming the beaches at Normandy, interned in a POW camp, or even working in secret outfits, though many of his associates and even childhood friend [...]

    4. This is a very strong 4 rating, with episodes that were higher. Some of the war minutiae occasionally seemed excessive but then Powell again would steer me to a place I hadn't expected, an insight well earned.full review to come

    5. The more I listen to these books the more I admire Powell's wonderful prose and the control he exerts over his ever-increasing cast of characters. They come together, they part, they come together again in the dance that gives its name to the series.The Third Movement - novels seven to nine of the series - covers WWII. It commences with the narrator Nick Jenkins' enlistment in the army and ends six years later with his demobilisation. However, although the war forms the background to the narrati [...]

    6. It seems summer will last… But autumn is already at the doorstep.“Think first, fight afterwards – the soldier’s art…” Robert Browning – Childe Roland to the Dark Tower CameThey think… Tsars, dictators, despots, tyrants always think that they will win and they start fighting… Widmerpool, earlier defined as a frog footman, came to power – frog footmen always do – and now he sets the rules… But his brains remain those of a frog.“And an highway shall be there, and a way, an [...]

    7. Greatest novel in the English language, part 3. This is perhaps the movemement I most often think about, but they are all so good.

    8. This one was a struggle. War from beginning to endwhich I guess isn't supposed to be a whole lot of fun. I don't know if it was a deliberate manifestation or the effect of advancing history (Powell wrote the sequence from 1951-1975), but I detected definite shades of Yossarian in these pages. Different dialect, different arena, same outlook.The most affecting character in this section is Charles Stringham, former schoolfriend, former drunk cured of alcoholism by "Tuffy" his former governess (&am [...]

    9. 60 pages into the "3rd Movement", and I am c-r-a-w-l-i-n-g along.Perhaps, this book will drag along, as did WAR AND PEACE, until the 200th page.Who knew the beginnings of World War II would be less intriguing than the vapid vacuous social lives of the protagonist's friends and relations, in the first two movements?! The character of soldiers is typically quite fascinating.Ugh.But, I am committed! Halfway through the series, I am not quitting.And thisTHIS the reason I do not like to read a series [...]

    10. The Third Movement of A Dance to the Music of Time is the strongest and most engaging and accomplished movement of the four, covering the years of the Second World War. I know this because I’ve also finished the Fourth Movement, the least of the four, before I managed to write this review. Of the four youths we meet at the start of this twelve novel cycle, only two are alive at the end of this movement. Widmerpool continues to rise through his mastery of logistics, bureaucratic logic, and his [...]

    11. Novels 7-9 of Powell's overall twelveThe Valley of Bones -- 3/5It took me some time to get into reading this one.Partly due to it being a war novel, and my dislike of/disinterest in war novels. And partly due to a near-complete reboot of characters. After six novels of getting to know all of the characters of Jenkins' aristocratic world, Powell replaces all of them with the new characters of Jenkins' military career.As I said, it took some time to get used to these new characters and to care abo [...]

    12. A Dance to the Music of Time: 3rd Movement includes these three novels:The Valley of BonesThe Soldier's ArtThe Military Philosophers The Valley of Bones heralds the beginning of the war and Jenkins' life in the military. We find Jenkins, a thirty something year old second-lieutenant in an infantry regiment trying to now adapt to the new rules and regulations  which now constitute his life in the military. We are also given more information about the life of Widmerpool who has managed to get [...]

    13. I left too long a gap between reading the Second Movement and the Third. I was distracted by other things and then found myself floundering a bit: I'd forgotten who some of the characters from the Second Movement were, and then there was a wealth of new characters as well. That in itself is significant. In tracing the decline of the British Upper Class, Powell in this novel of their war years shows how a rather incestuous collection of people whose social group was entirely predictable is confro [...]

    14. Ah, the vicissitudes of life. In the third movement of A Dance to the Music of Time, Nick Jenkins, a bit too old to fight in World War II, jumps from army post to army post, where he struggles with bureaucracy, politics, and personalities in the sometimes bewildering hierarchy of the British Army. As the main characters as they are, come in and out of interacting with Jenkins: Charles Stringham, emerging from alcoholism to fight in the way he can in the War; Peter Templer, who involves himself w [...]

    15. A well-written story which follows a group of school boys through the two great wars of the 20th century and, for those who survived World War II, their integration into British society following that war. One of their classmates, Widmerpool, seems to pop up everywhere during the narrator's life, and to serve as a topic of humor. Widmerpool, despite his untiring efforts to be a respected member of British society, usually ends up being a type of schmurz. Unfortunately the library did not have a [...]

    16. Dance was originally published as 12 novels over a span of about 20 years, but they should properly be viewed as one long novel. Nowadays you often see it published in four volumes, each with three of the original novels.The novels are narrated by Nicholas Jenkins, but Jenkins never reveals much about himself, at least not directly. Instead he focuses on his friends and acquaintances from roughly 1920 to 1970.I'm now pretty close to the age Jenkins was at the end of these novels, and more than e [...]

    17. Out of the four "movements", this one was my favourite. Vols 7-9 deal with the war years where Nick (the narrator) is serving with the land forces. Nick meets Gwatkin, Kedward and the strange Bithel during his early army days, before being posted to Northern Ireland. Widmerpool is still in evidence - he seems to almost "stalk" Nick about, and each book is like a "where's Widmerpool" game. The trilogy in the Third Movement follow the antics of Nick and his division - some comic, some strategic. T [...]

    18. Life in the army, as opposed to the war, is the focus. The everydayness of of it allmakes it difficult to feel one is doing their part. Much like the Depressionthe war is subtly in the background.'The Soldier's Art' examines the politics of 'upper management' as we watch the scheming,workaholic, Widermerpool, Jenkins sometimes friend and sometimes nemesis,manipulate his way through the Army ranks.The effects of war hits closer to home as a few of our friends are killed inbombing raids on London. [...]

    19. War deepens the story, perhaps at its best when it touches, sometimes tragically, the lives of those we've come to love. The style's so beautiful it can spoil others by comparison. Enter Pamela.

    20. My favourite three books of the series. Widmerpool at his finest bullying best, Jenkins getting more and more boring and the only interesting female character in the book, Pamela Flitton.

    21. There's an interesting moment in the third novel of this particular segment of Powell's series where our fearless narrator, Nick Jenkins, not only extensively quotes from Proust but winds up visiting the seaside villa where Proust's narrator experiences quite a few knotted clauses. Given how often the series is compared to Proust's magnum opus, it's either a sign of Powell having some fun with all the people who saw it as Proust clone, or his way of differentiating it from that other massive nov [...]

    22. The third season into Powell's "A Dance to the Music of Time" series, and I finally feel that I'm understanding what's going on. Powell's series is very British, and early on I missed a lot of action because it was hidden amongst the understatements and other polite forms of communication. I read this group of three much more closely, and I feel that I got much more out of it. "Autumn" (as my three in one volume calls this group of three) is the World War II years for Jenkins and his life comrad [...]

    23. This third "movement" of Anthony Powell's long sequence A Dance to the Music of Time covers narrator Nicholas Jenkins' service in World War II, going from early 1940 at the beginning of THE VALLEY OF BONES to late summer 1945 in THE MILITARY PHILOSOPHERS.Soon after the war begins, Nicholas Jenkins is assigned as a subaltern in a Welsh infantry unit, which is immediately posted to Northern Ireland. The Dance perennially exhibits to the reader comical and grotesque personalities, and anyone who ha [...]

    24. (Review of the full series here: /review/show/)This is the volume about World War II, and war exerts a strong influence on the narrative. The humor is a little broader, by the standards of this series--fewer subtle verbal jabs at social gatherings, and more caricatures of superior officers (such as the two colonels named Eric and Derrick). And, as you would expect, the bad things that happen are far more serious. The Soldier's Art brought home to me the reality of the London Blitz in a way nothi [...]

    25. I entered this third of fourth parts of Dance hoping that Powell might pry open the hinge to his narrator, Nick Jenkins', outlook on life. War, after all, brings misery but most of all change. It was disappointing that nothing of the sort unfolds here. The writing is excellent, incisive as always, but the content, especially considering the upheaval of the time, is peculiarly insular and abstracted. The coincidences on which the "dance" must necessarily depend seem more forced, less a natural in [...]

    26. The TLS review of Michael Schmidt’s ‘The Novel: a biography’ (Harvard UP 2014) tells me that in it Schmidt ‘damns’ Evelyn Waugh and Anthony Powell. As it happened, I was in the middle of a ‘compare and contrast’ exercise between volumes 7,8 and 9 of Powell’s ‘Dance to the Music of Time’ (Valley of Bones, The Soldier’s Art, The Military Philosophers) and Waugh’s ‘Sword of Honour’ trilogy (Officers and Gentlemen, Men at Arms, Unconditional Surrender), both trilogies abo [...]

    27. There were times when, reading this book, I thought I might take off a star from my rating: the world of men at war, in particular men at war far from the field of battle, seemed at first so much less enthralling and scintillating than that of men (and boys) in school, at work, in society, in love. And then I realized that was the point: that the cataclysm of World War II, which basically wrecked the world that was England (and Europe) before 1939, WAS less scintillating, grimmer, more randomly [...]

    28. _A Dance to the Music of Time_ is an extremely absorbing and well-crafted novel (composed of 12 smaller novels). Its subject is the decline of the English upper classes from the First World War to about 1970, a decline seen is inevitable and probably necessary, but somehow also regrettable.Such a description might make the novel seem stuffy, but it is not. _A Dance to the Music of Time_ is at times very funny indeed, and always interesting. always involving. It features an enormous cast of chara [...]

    29. I can't believe when I finally finish this series of twelve books that I only get one checkmark on my list. The characters are flat and devoid of feeling. Even when things happen, they are filtered through the narrator's apathy, which robs them of all gravitas. I think I finally grasp what I don't like about these books: it's fiction but based on someone's reminiscences in a way that the stories aren't colorful and the characters don't matter and we never really know what the narrator actually t [...]

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