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Anthony POWELL
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A question of upbringing. Book 1. A Dance to the Music of Time

A question of upbringing. A Dance to the Music of Time. There was on no occasion the slightest question of Widmerpool being bullied, or even seriously ragged about the matter. On the contrary, his deviation seems scarcely to have been mentioned to him, except by cruder spirits: the coat becoming recognised almost immediately as a traditionally ludicrous aspect of everyday life.

So where better to start my meandering epic than at the school - there is only one so I need not be so vulgar as to name it - where these classical allusions first became choate. It was December 1921 and I was returning from the High Street when Widmerpool appeared on his daily solitary run.

A Question of Upbringing is the opening novel in Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time, a twelve-volume cycle spanning much of the 20th century. Published in 1951, it begins the story of a trio of boys - Nicholas Jenkins (the narrator),. Published in 1951, it begins the story of a trio of boys - Nicholas Jenkins (the narrator), Charles Stringham, and Peter Templer - who are friends at a nameless school (based upon Powell's public school Eton College) and then move on to different paths. A fourth figure, Kenneth Widmerpool, stands slightly apart from them, poised for greatness.

A Question of Upbringing book. Discover the extraordinary life of Anthony Powell – captured by acclaimed biographer Hilary Spurling in Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time.

For the rest of tea, Uncle Giles, who, for the time being at least, had evidently dismissed from his mind the question of discussing arrangements for meeting my father, discoursed, not very lucidly, on the possibility of a moratorium in connection with German reparations and the fall of the mark. Uncle Giles’s sympathies were with the Germans.

Anthony Powell was an only child, born in 1905. As a young man he worked for a crumbling publishing business whilst trying to find time to write novels

Часто встречающиеся слова и выражения. Anthony Powell was an only child, born in 1905. As a young man he worked for a crumbling publishing business whilst trying to find time to write novels. He moved in a bohemian world of struggling writers and artists, which was to provide the raw material for much of his fiction.

The opening novel in Anthony Powell's twelve-novel sequence, 'A Dance to the Music of Time'. The opening novel in Anthony Powell's brilliant twelve-novel sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time.

Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic A Dance to the Music of Time offers a matchless panorama of. .

Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic A Dance to the Music of Time offers a matchless panorama of twentieth-century London. A Question of Upbringing (1951) introduces us to the young Nick Jenkins and his housemates at boarding school in the years just after World War I. Boyhood pranks and visits from relatives bring to life the amusements and longueurs of schooldays even as they reveal characters and traits that will follow Jenkins and his friends through adolescence and beyond: Peter Templer, a rich, passionate womanizer; Charles Stringham, aristocratic and louche; and Kenneth Widmerpool, awkward and unhappy, yet strikingly ambitious.

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IT is not easy-perhaps not even desirable-to judge other people by a consistent standard. le principles of behaviour are in practice relaxed-not always with impunity-in the interests of those whose nature seems to demand an exceptional measure

  • Fordrellador
I promised myself that I would stay away from book series, but I decided to try again with this one. There’s reason to hope that these separate books will stand on their own. Powell seems to be the kind of writer who can keep his readers interested. The activity of this first book is nothing but introductions, parties, an unpleasant train ride in France and a harmless car wreck. Except for the wreck, it sounds mundane, but it all works. It remains interesting.

Powell achieves this by expertly developing a large cast of characters spread between the university, London and France in the 1920s. This character development includes the protagonist and narrator, Jenkins. He tells us what he thought at the time and how things appear to him now. I admit that Powell emphasizes the least interesting and most mysterious character, Widmerpool. This makes me suspect that Widmerpool will become more interesting as the series progresses.

Powell has one weakness. His exposition can be downright awful. For example, read the paragraph on page 149 that begins with “Naturally these reflections”. It’s mealy-mouthed, barely readable and it contains a 68-word sentence. Fortunately, his narrative is as good as his exposition is bad and it takes up most of the book. His dialogue is strong, illuminating the characters and is often funny in a subtle way.

This book could be rated G, but it wasn’t written for children.

2.9 stars
  • Ynonno
A man reflects upon his encounters with schoolmates, friends, and family as he grows up, enters university, and starts to find his way in upper class 1920's English society, offering detailed, thoughtfully drawn descriptions in a kind of measured, somewhat nostalgic voice. I found this well-drawn glimpse into another time and another society quite fascinating; but if you don't like books where nothing much happens but observations of life, this may not be your cup of tea.

This is the first book of a somewhat intimidating 12-book series, but I thought it stood pretty well on its own and was worth reading even if I don't end up finishing the entire series.
  • Bajinn
Over the years, I've come across references to Anthony Powell's 12-volume series, "Dance to the Music of Time," as being a towering achievement of 20th century English literature, and I remember, vaguely, that some decades ago I checked out one of Powell's volumes from my local library, the time then being when I went to the library and found books and a quiet reading atmosphere, as opposed to today, with the library being heavily digitized and the ambient sound filled with patrons seeking help on how to navigate the electronic devices that comprise the collection. At the time, I had just finished reading and adoring C. P. Snow's "Strangers and Brothers" series, and I was hoping to find in Powell, an author akin to Snow, one who could absorb me into the lives of people from a society I only superficially knew, and then largely through its literature. I was sorely disappointed in Powell: his prose was long-winded, complex, and the plot moved slowly, if at all. I put the Powell book down and after these many years, I think due to its ready availability on Kindle and its near give-away price, I thought I would give "Dance to the Music of Time" another try, this time starting with the very first volume of the series, "A Question of Upbringing."

Set in the period from the end of WWI to about 1921, and within what I imagine to be upper (very upper) class English society, "A Question of Upbringing" introduces four students in a English public school, whom Powell will follow through the remaining 11 volumes of "Dance to the Music of Time," until after WWII. It didn't take me long to realize the extent to which I had changed and how, what I long ago thought was at least boring, I now viewed as fundamental to good and enjoyable literature: the extended and complex sentences, beautiful in themselves, the leisurely pace of the narrative, with much of what "happens" being the subtle changes in the observations of the characters, and the universality, on a human level, of what they experience, even though the exterior circumstances of their lives reflect a world that passed at least a lifetime ago. I credit Powell's genius with giving meaning to what happens to his characters. Immediately after finishing this first volume, I enthusiastically started reading book 2, "A Buyer's Market."
  • 6snake6
This is the first volume of Powell's highly regarded "Dance to the Music of Time" sequence of books and it offers a smooth, if rather unexciting read. The story evolves around a young Englishman in the 1920s, his school friends, their families and some of their adventures growing into adulthood in the post World War I era. The book offers a wonderful sense of time and place although the main character utilizes a strange, detached narrator voice. He's present as events unfold but he's never really a part of what's happening. He just observes, reports and discusses the various people involved.

The characters in the book are interesting in an English drawing room kind of way, reflecting the strong class struggle that dominated society back then. The novel is well written and offers an excellent portrait of a specific time and place although readers of modern thrillers and suspense novels might find Powell's work a bit slow.
  • Foxanayn
im cheating and writing the same review for each of these 12 books because the reasons i love them are the same for each

if you love proust, evelyn waugh, atonement and the like - then you will love these books - they are a wonderful - principally internal monologue/dialogue based - stroll through the middle of the 20th century - nothing much happens, nobody is particularly happy, but it's fascinating in any case

although - there's a chance that - given my love for long series - i may just love these because there's 12 of them...