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A Dance to the Music of Time First Movement Summary ´ 0 Anthony Powell ✓ 0 Free read characters Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Anthony Powell 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 an Spring is a season when nature awakes and everything comes into blossomYouth 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 delusionsBut 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 conseuence of being the kind of person one chances to beAnthony Powell literally makes long forgotten conflicts and compromises between the imagination and the will reason and feeling power and sensuality pleasure and pain come aliveThe summer is ahead and the summertime is a season of ripening fruits

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A Dance to the Music of Time First Movement Summary ´ 0 Anthony Powell ✓ 0 Free read characters Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Anthony Powell D 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 Templ 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 hereAnd 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 Throats cut Lebanese men with big knives Penelope what s her name I realise this review is in danger of becoming interesting Might I calm things down with the information that it is 44C here where I live just now Too hot to cut throats wave knives about or care what nationality your neighbour is Too hot to sleep Too hot to do anything but be exceedingly dull on goodreads You are welcome to vote for me if you sincerely think I ve been boring enough Oh dear I can t resistSo one of the things that happens in A Dance to the Music of Time is that the narrator mentions a lot of completely obscure books whether or not they were so at the time of reading I don t know Like what is the point of my telling you here that I m reading An Iron Rose Then moving on to explain that I am doing so in my LBD at The European while eating Turkish eggs and drinking tea I confess I think I was especially irked because I tried to catch him out with his dates so I d look up all these books to see if any of them had come out at a time that contradicted the story line and they don t Yes we seem to have established that I m that petty mindedLater on in the day I went to see Broken Embraces so I know now what Penelope what s her name looks like I guess you need to be a boy to get the full rise from that The movie could have done with a good looking man but considering it was SpanishSo my LBD had a full day of it posh restaurants a film and then tea at the Windsor while we discussed how great Australia is and what the fuck do those Indians know anyway No offense any Indians reading this but India is a country where the value of human life is virtually nil People are killed every day for pure fancy They are killed because they are women because they are poor because they are from the wrong part of town and yet apparently Australia is this incredibly racist place because an Indian was murdered here the other day without being robbed Like Australians aren t killed for kicks I think they are I used to collect statistics on women killed in India by their husbands and mother in laws It is generally done by dousing the wife in petrol and then setting them alight Some of these poor women don t actually die Shaking my head Get your own house in order please IndiaMeanwhile I gather that England has been so cursed by the need to be politically correct that my sister in law tells me this story They are sitting in a London restaurant with their daughter and son in law The people at the next table see Sarah say I ll fucking kill you you fucking Jew If you don t stay away I ll fucking kill you Sarah is brandishing a knife while saying this Now the reason is that she is telling the never ending saga of the Lebananese restaurant owner next to their apartments He most certainly isn t particularly anti Jewish he has threatened them all with knives and other tasty Lebanese treats some involving stuffing the Lebanese do like to stuff things Martha and John completely freaked out Evidently this was enough to get them arrested Sarah telling this story Racist tensions much be an awful thing to live with in the UK but fortunately in Australia everybody still gets on in a natural way without having to legislate racial harmonyAll of which brings me back to An Iron Rose Might this segment of my review of A Dance to the Music of Time conclude with an archetypical description of some Aussies playing footy in the bush This is Australiapp 61 63Ten minutes into the last uarter it began to rain freezing rain driven into our facts by a wind that had passed over pack ice in its time We only needed a kick to win but nobody could hold the ball let along get a book to it We were sliding around falling over trying to recognise our own side under the mudpacks Mick Doolan was shouting instructions from the sideline but no one paid any attention We were completely knackered Finally close to time we had some luck a big bloke came out of the mist and broke Scotty Erwan s nose with a vicious swing of the elbow Even in the rain you could hear the cartilage crunch Scotty was helped off streaming blood and we got a penalty Take the kick Mac said Bill Garrett the captain He would normally take the kick in situations like this but since the chance of putting it through was nil he thought it best that I lose the game for Brockley Privilege I sad spitting out some mud Count on my vote for skipper next year Skipper I was right in front of goal but the wind was lifting my upper lip I looked around the field There were about twenty spectators left some of them dogs sitting in old utes Slab says you can t do it said the player closest to me He was just another anonymous mudman but I knew the voice Very supportive Flannery I said You re on you little prick Suinting against the rain I took my run up inot the gale scared that I was going to slip before I could even make the kickBut I didn t I manged to give the ball a reasonable punt before my left leg went out under me I hit the ground with my left shoulder and slid towards goalAnd as I lay in the cold black mud the wind paused for a second or two and the ball went straight between the uprightsThe final whistle went Victory Victory in round eight of the second division of the Brockley and District League I got up My shoulder felt dislocated That ll be a slab of Boag Flannery I said You fucking traitor Brought out yer best Flannery said Psychology Read about it I said Read about it Psychology in Pictures I didn t know they d done that Paul I ve been called to dinner I trust you will proofread this In deference to Paulchokengtitiktitikchokeng196 This was an unnpleasnt surprise for everyone The girls could not have made noise if they had been having their throats cut Now this really did make me think In my opinion the girls certainly could not have made noise if they had been having their throats cut But this is not what Ant means Ant means that he considers one would make a lot of noise while having one s throat cut More noise perhaps even than Manny would make if anybody actually gave him a vote for his review of Go book number two I have to say I ve spent uite a bit of time thinking about this I considered googling it but I m fairly sure that I d get taken somewhere I really don t want to be I m not talking about Manny suealing with delight I m talking about the girls with the cut throats of courseMy own sense of what would happen is that the loudest noise during this process would be that of blood hitting a hard surface Or maybe the sound of shit as the blood meets the clothes of the throat cutter The cuttee nup surely silentThen just this morning as I m eating sourdough baguette toast and tea at my local French coffee shop I come across the following scene in An Iron Rose p 138He d been killed where he lay his head pulled back by the ponytail and his throat cut More than cut He was almost decpaitatedCarlie mance was in the bathroom nakedthe man had been behind her when he cut her throatNow this is merely inferential but The place has been staked out by the Feds it is tapped for sound There is no doubt that if these people had made so much as a sueak while having their throats cut the Feds would have been right onto itI rest my case 330pm I cruise into the kitchen not unnnoticed What are you doing Looking for lunch But you had lunch half an hour ago I hate people who count your food Hate hate hate And I feel sure I said somewhere on goodreads just a day or so ago that I haven t hated anybody ever but let s just exclude people who count your food out of that rash statement You can t have another lunch now just because that book is making you miserable And it is true Absolutely true I didn t even want the first lunch I had I certainly don t want this one ButI feel like I ve given this book chances that Jesus gave all humanity I wouldn t care to speak for him but for me I ll say too many Way way way too manyI keep thinking that I will nail my case here by uoting a really really really boring passage But what to choose Honestly dip in anywhere and prepare to be bored to death by pompous formal writing of a kind I m gobsmacked got into print p250At school I had known Tom Goring who had later gone into the Sixtieth and although we had never had much to do with each other I remembered some story of Stringham s of how both of them had put up money to buy a crib for Horace or another Latin author whose works they were reuired to render into English fucking hell why oh why this tedious ualification Are we going to find the narrator out Ah ha YOU said it was Horace and actually and of trouble that ensued from the translation supplied having contained passages omitted in the official educational textbook This fact of her elder brother having been my contemporary the younger son David was still at school may perhaps have had something to do with finding myself immediately after our first meeting on good terms with Barbara though the matter of getting on well with young men in no circumstances presented serious difficulty to herSorry if that had you on the edge of your seatI formally throw in the towel I ve done my hundred dollars Bugger LaterIf you happen to have read this book you will understand that digressions are the essence of the thing So it is in this spirit that I mention I went to Brightstar and I make a note to myself never to shag Keats should he come across my path I take note that he s dead these days but I can t see that this detail will make him less lively In fact make that poets fullstop Pop poet on your profile send me a little something about the affinity you feel for some body part or another my mind even if you like and I promise I ll stay well clearAnd I go to bridge and somebody asks me if I know anybody with influence in the city and a big house The whole passing acuaintance with an academic who might live near Cambridge just hasn t really done it for me So I ve got a better approach now Well Bob of course And Jeff And there is nothing the other person can say to that They are in terrible danger of showing inexcusable ignorance if they get pursue the details of this claim Honestly it worksAnd our young wanker well Manny thinks otherwise so does that mean it s the author who is a wanker narrator spends two pages of such tedium describing the process of thinking about kissing somebody and then kissing entirely the wrong person honestly truly you don t want to know that I revise my opinion about Brightstar I have to admit that I would shag Keats dead or alive him not me rather than the earnest sad little sod who fancies himself as a writer in this First Movement Maybe you have to have been a young man sometime in your life to fancy him Maybe you have to care about money and influence and big houses I just don t knowAt bridge certain interesting things happen but I shan t tell you about then since it would be against the spirit of this book to pep you up that way So I will merely mention that my partner forgot a baby bit of system on board one leaving us in the wrong game which I made rather than the right slam And the very next board my opponent failed to understand the simple truth that aces are not necessarily highest Hmm That last point is almost philosophically interesting I beg your pardon Later At dinner Gowers asks me whom I know with a big house and an important position in the City Panic Are there no names I can drop anybody of note I know Will I be invited back here again Umm I reply after a frozen moment I know an academic I believe lives near Cambridge Gowers sniffs But do you know any Oxford academics Gowers replies in those two words sweeping away the entire concept of there being academics outside that institution Of course My own niece lives in Oxford with her husband who is an academic there I lean back in relief Not to be invited back to the Gowers well the shame of it Gowers is pleasedDonald changes the subject Any good practical jokes lately He describes his mother in a nursing home He turned off her TV at the powerpoint and she spent an entire day thinking her TV wasn t working It was such a hoot That prompted Andrea to say she was thinking of moving the newspaper her 94 year old mother gets delivered to the edge of the stairs Wouldn t it be hysterical if the old bint fell down the stairs while attempting to retrieve the paper We all smile at the prospectThen I woke up This is what comes of reading First Movement before bed The subject matter of the book to date as you can see is gross Nasty boys with nasty values doing nasty things One might hope they grow up except that the rest of the cast to date are nasty adults with nasty values doing nasty things This book has a mighty lot of characters in it so far but not one that is likeableOne wonders if it is the author or the narrator who is a wanker Well obviously the narrator is a wanker in a literal sense he is a young man But intellectually metaphysically Are we supposed to be appalled by the entire thing Would I have a different understanding of this book if I lived in a country like England where social status is so important that one can write hundreds of pages about it without being either offensive or dullAnd please God could you not lighten up a bit Ant Could we not have a knock knock An I say I say I say So it s Sunday I m going to have tea and toast for breakfast soon at one of my favourite coffee shops I was going to wear my NYE party frock today but it s too cold Sorry cute LBD You have to wait again Next I m going to be playing bridge all day and coming back to whereever I m staying right now Then I ll be cooking dinner or I will have dinner cooked for meAnd anything absolutely anything is a review of A Dance to the Music of Time So it s New Year s Eve I had three parties I promised to go to come as a celebrity Marta said you mean other than a famous writer I ask Marta is Hungarian she didn t get it a gorgeous new dress the sexiest heelsand what am I doingI m writing about A Dance to the Music of Time First Movement The bloody thing s twenty eight hundred pages long I don t have time for parties You might say you are so not doing that writing about this book but hey I m learning on my feet while I m reading Powell Pithy he is not To the point Hardly I m reading Les Miserables as well right now and frankly Ant I hope he wouldn t mind my being intimate I m going to be with the guy for two thousand eight hundred pages I don t see how to avoid getting too close to him well Ant makes Victor Hugo look like he s on a word diet He makes Hugo look like he s on a bet just how short can you make this book And to his credit Hugo takes a uarter of the space Ant does Maybe he collectedHaving stated that this book is about a certain Myriel the first sentence of Les Miserables readsAlthough this detail has no connection whatever with the real substance of what we are about to relate it will not be superfluous if merely for the sake of exactness in all points to mention here the various rumors and remarks which had been in circulation about him from the very moment when he arrived in the dioceseThe first sentence of Ant s testament to the English language if we might compare readsThe men at work at the corner of the street had made a kind of camp for themselves where marked out by tripods hung with red hurricane lamps an abyss in the road led down to a network of subterranean drain pipesWhat happened to sucker your reader in with your first sentence What happened to It was love at first sight Oh Joseph Heller was still on his wayI guess the fact is that you don t want to give too much away in your first sentence when you have about hmm let s see 2800 pages say a dozen sentences to a page that s 33600 sentences to go Face facts right from the very beginning tight writing we are not looking forThe sandals are wedges the dress has lace and beads and red bits and a drop waist which I adore and it s close fitting to the waist after which it s got the most gorgeous skirt and well I m SORRY dress Sunday Maybe you get an outing Sunday And I know it s sounding again like I m not reviewing Dance to the Music of Time but honestly everything is a review of this book Absolutely everything

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A Dance to the Music of Time First Movement Summary ´ 0 Anthony Powell ✓ 0 Free read characters Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Anthony Powell Er 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 uestion of Upbringing A Buyer's Market The Acceptance Worl 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 among the English upper crust However Proust strikes me as the far superior writer insofar as Proust is able to build a rhythm and cadence in the pure narrative beauty of his elegant syntax Powell seems to want us to be amused by rather silly even juvenile plot points and I found it difficult to become immersed in or even to like an epic cast of characters of sycophants and a pretentious landed gentry so rapt in petty materialism and social score keeping to extend beyond their own thin veneer of human artifice That is also part of Powell s message but it s a theme which becomes laborious and redundant and boorish in its interminable length Maybe it s because I m American and am not compelled to engage in or to understand the complex nuances of the social class system of England For me life is too short to become further invested in reading another 2000 pages of movements I did very much appreciate Powell s uncommon use of the dance as a metaphor for life itself Powell sees life as a dance during which we move over time in a series of movements This idea intrigues me and the scenes of the novel often engage music and dance in the story line I also became sensitive to and appreciative of the transitions or specific movements as the characters navigated among each other and their society It is an important aspect of this novel to enable the reader to step back and view life this way The novel begs the uestion how well do you manage to navigate through the movements of your life over time in your business family and society Life can be measured in a sense by one s existential agility in moving attuned to the music of time The ethereal concept of recognizing the partnership of music and time also proved interesting insofar as the constructs of music entail so many existential ualities in measures stresses beats points counterpoints orchestration creativity individual talent volume scale instrumental ability discipline improvisation listening expression nuance subtlety and grace all of which accompany one s personal dance throughout a lifetime I became attuned to Powell s transitions among the many scenes he depicts and the vast number of characters who served as dance partners in the music of the narrative So this is definitely a great literary read and even if in my view Powell may fall short of Proust so what They re both great literary novelists not mutually exclusive and one can over a long life read both if one starts at a sufficiently early age on the task Given the choice I would recommend reading all of Proust first I m glad I read this movement in time in order to become attuned to my own danse macabre


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  • Paperback
  • 725
  • A Dance to the Music of Time First Movement
  • Anthony Powell
  • English
  • 23 October 2019
  • 9780749323998