A Dance to the Music of Time: 4th Movement (A Dance to the Music of Time #10-12)

by Anthony Powell

Anthony Powell’s universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth centuryLondon.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 793 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.2 out of 5
  • Published May 31st 1995 by University Of Chicago Press
  • Original Title: A Dance to the Music of Time: Fourth Movement
  • ISBN: 0226677184 (ISBN13: 9780226677187)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Series: A Dance to the Music of Time #10-12
  • Characters: Nicholas Jenkins
  • Kenneth Widmerpool

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.In this climactic volume of A Dance to the Music of Time, Nick Jenkins describes a world of ambition, intrigue, and dissolution. England has won the war, but now the losses, physical and moral, must be counted. Pamela Widmerpool sets a snare for the young writer Trapnel, while her husband suffers private agony and public humiliation. Set against a background of politics, business, high society, and the counterculture in England and Europe, this magnificent work of art sounds an unforgettable requiem for an age.Includes these novels: Books Do Furnish a Room Temporary Kings Hearing Secret Harmonies