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A Dance to the Music of Time: Winter par…
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A Dance to the Music of Time: Winter (édition 2010)

par Anthony Powell

Séries: A Dance to the Music of Time (Omnibus 10-12)

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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 4 contains the last three novels in the sequence: Books do Furnish a Room; Temporary Kings; Hearing Secret Harmonies.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:A Dance to the Music of Time: Winter
Auteurs:Anthony Powell
Info:Folio Society, 2010, Hardback
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A Dance to the Music of Time: Fourth Movement, Winter par Anthony Powell

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How nice that life goes on after 40 ( )
  farrhon | Jan 25, 2021 |
Books Do Furnish a Room:
Unexpected deaths
inevitable conquests
manuscripts destroyed.

Temporary Kings:
Ken's laundry is aired
perversions, dirty dealings
Pam stalks love and death.

Hearing Secret Harmonies:
Kenneth joins the cult
at last, a race he can win
through sheer force of will. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
(26) The last of this collection of novellas, I guess you could say. The 4th 'movement' of the Dance for me was the weakest link. I was beginning to enjoy them more in the second and third movement as I got used to the author's verbose style full of allusions and complex sentences. I actually expected this one to be the best as I felt it would take an ironic and profound look at growing old and the the 'winter' of life. Perhaps the novels did just that, but if they did it was lost on me with all the nonsense about the silly cult. Widmerpool's whole ending was unlikely given the character we thought we knew and it just felt wrong and forced. The only novella of the three I enjoyed some was 'Temporary Kings,' at the literary conference in Venice.

I felt the loss of the old friends Stringham and Templar, that had been easily replaced by the military friends. Trapnel, Gwinnett, and the weird cult boy never interested me. It also was disappointing that Powell did not focus much on the Tolland nieces and nephews (never mind Isobel and Nick's children!) As your life moves on, you become very involved in the younger generation through your children, right? I understand Nick's role as a foil, but this complete neglect of his own children's lives was not believable. Also, the weird almost lack of grief when people died. So matter of fact - after awhile, I felt as if this played false as well. In general, due to things feeling incongruous, eventually the book began to feel like what it was - long and ponderous.

I am glad I read the whole collection given my Anglophile literary tastes. My reading life would have been incomplete without it, but on the whole it was a bit tedious. Poor Widmerpool - he deserved a better ending. Not a sympathetic one, mind you - just better. ( )
  jhowell | May 31, 2020 |
It took me all of 2019, but I finally finished A Dance... It was incredible. Though this fourth and final volume was my least favorite (by comparison with the previous three), it was still so phenomenal and well written. In the three books making up the Fourth Movement, we see the bizarre horror show that is the Widmerpools' marriage, leave England for a literary conference in Venice, and witness the late sixties through the introduction of a sinister hippy/Manson-like cult (a countercultural continuation of the pre-WWI occult group first mentioned in, I think, book 2, whose characters have cropped up now and then throughout the series).

I think I read this series at about the right time in my life--about to be 40. I have a different perspective on things that seemed important or pressing when I was very young. I recognize that my life is about half over. I'm not so near my end that the sense of mortality suffusing this final volume feels upsetting or imminent (yet).

Probably the most moving and successful meditation on a life in long slow-motion that I can conceive of. ( )
1 voter sansmerci | Jan 4, 2020 |
Books Do Furnish a Room 3.5 stars
Temporary Kings 4 stars
Hearing Secret Harmonies 4 stars

Take a chance on it. You'll live like a king once you get there.'
'One of those temporary kings in The Golden Bough, everything at their disposal for a year or a month or a day—then execution? Death in Venice?'
'Only ritual execution in more enlightened times—the image of a declining virility. A Mann's a man for a' that. Being the temporary king is what matters. The retribution of congress kings only takes the form, severe enough in its way, I admit, of having to return to everyday life. Even that, my dear Nicholas, you'll do with renewed energy. Like the new king, in fact.


When I first read A Dance to the Music of Time, nearly twenty years ago, I didn't like the the last three books much, but now that I am in my fifties they speak to me much more than they used to. Old friends and relations leave the dance as they age and die, but new dancers are taking their place.

I'm still not all that fond of Books Do Furnish a Room because I find author X. Trapnel unbearable and his involvement in the Widmerpools' fraught marriage is frankly tedious. Temporary Kings is a great improvement on the previous book. Mark Members persuades Nick Jenkins to attend a literary conference in Venice where he meets an American academic who is writing a biography of X. Trapnel and wants to be introduced to his former friends, colleagues and lovers. In Hearing Secret Harmonies, both Lord Widmerpool and Nick's niece are drawn into a cult run by the charismatic, manipulative and possibly dangerous Scorpio Murtlock, and Nick as usual stands back and watches as events unfold. ( )
  isabelx | Dec 29, 2015 |
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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 4 contains the last three novels in the sequence: Books do Furnish a Room; Temporary Kings; Hearing Secret Harmonies.

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