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The Kindly Ones (A Dance to the Music of Time 6) (original 1962; edition 1977)

by Anthony Powell

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Title:The Kindly Ones (A Dance to the Music of Time 6)
Authors:Anthony Powell
Info:Fontana (1977), Paperback
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In this sixth book of the series 'A Dance To The Music Of Time', Jenkins continues his narration and brings the story to the eve of World War Two. Among the notable events on route is the affair of the 'love triangle' between Albert,Billson and Bracey, respectively cook,maid and soldier-servant to General Conyers at Stonehurst. Also of note is the 'photographic party' in which Sir Magnus Donners and his friends compose and act out a series of tableaux depicting ''The Seven Deadly Sins'. Later the death of Jenkin's Uncle Giles occurs. ( )
  devenish | Jan 24, 2013 |
Simply wonderful! This sixth volume of the majestic Dance to the Music of Time starts with a recapitulation of memories of Nick Jenkins' childhood, and in particular the apocalyptic events of the day on which World War One broke out. While humour is at the forefront throughout the series, there is also an ever-present undercurrent of melancholia.
After a glimpse into Jenkins' childhood, with a brief cameo from his Uncle Giles, we are brought back to the months leading up to the war, and the struggle to eke out an economic subsistence during an aesthetically unsympathetic time. Hugh Moreland looms large, as does the menacing Kenneth Widmerpool, as pompous and odious as ever.
In this particular volume General Conyers, old, venerable and seen by many as a relic from a bygone age suddenly establishes himself as one of the pivotal figures in the sequence. and is unmasked as an innovator and conduit for modern though.
Yet the most striking character to emerge for the first time in this volume is the alchemical thaumaturge whose unorthodox commune struck terror into the pre-adolescent Jenkins. ( )
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