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Lakeman

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  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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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.

    jennifer says: "A Masterpiece on All Counts"
    "A stately masterpiece. Not for the impatient."
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    If you could sum up A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement in three words, what would they be?

    Profound, multi-layered.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The brilliantly sharp humour, and the ever deepening insights of both protagonist and indeed reader as the narrative unfolds. A marvellous portrait of an era long gone. To be compared with Brideshead Revisited.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    The different voices and the sense of wistfulness that Powell intended.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No! Certainly not.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't blame those people who complained they were bored. It is not for everyone. This is a cerebral slow burner of a tale spread over 12 novels and about 40 years. It's not for those who like a rollicking, tumultuous incident-packed plot. It just aint that sort of work.

    For those with time, patience, and an interest in English social history, this is a glorious and profound experience.

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