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Acceptance World This novel is the first in the Summer This begins in 1934 and follows many of the characters we have in 1934 and follows many of the characters we have become fond of as well as some new introductionsThe last novel The Acceptance World saw Nick Jenkins ust embarking on a career in publishing The Bright Young Things of the 1920 s are now growing up and embarking on marriages and divorces You have a sense that Nick feels he is somehow being left behind His affair with Peter Templer s sister Jean is over and later in the novel he meets a woman that he feels he will marry However like much of the romantic affairs in this book it all feels rather tired and inevitable rather than romantic and wonderfulCentral to this book is Kenneth Widmerpool who to our narrator s surprise has become engaged This engagement and other characters reactions to it continue as a thread throughout the novel Widmerpool was of course at school with Jenkins and his childhood friends Templer and Stringham Now Templer s first marriage has broken down while Stringham is drinking heavily We also meet up with other familiar characters including uiggins and Mark Members Jenkins is now a published author but there is still a feeling of dissatisfaction and impermanence about both his life and career while Widmerpool is on an upward trajectory the unlikely success forging aheadAs well as personal relationships the novel also explores the era the books are set in At one point in the novel characters wonder whether there will be another war Still although dark clouds are on the horizon nobody yet seems that concerned about any immediate danger Life for Nick and those around him goes on and I look forward to reading the next novel in the series Casanova s Chinese Restaurant Summer arrivesLife The Wild Side jogs along apparently in the same old way and then suddenly your attention is drawn to some terrific change that has taken placeLife hardly ever turns out to be what it was expected to becomeAnd the narrator looks around and keeps wonderingSo often one thinks that individuals and situations cannot be so extraordinary as they seem from outside only to find that the truth is a thousand times odderThe novel At Lady Molly s mostly concerns matrimonial prospects of a social climber Kenneth Widmerpool who was earlier defined as a frog footman which description suits him perfectly I guessAnd one character commented on his chosen one Women may show some discrimination about whom they sleep with but they ll marry anybody And what about the other female personages A lot of social butterflies that s all they are Summer is a season of butterflies and men are catchers 4 AT LADY MOLLY S The two year s gap between the 3rd and 4th volume brings us to what seems a different ballroom with different dancers and at first I feel as if I had lost my footing At Lady Molly s is a different mansion Eventually though I realise the music is not really different Same pace same harmoniesust some variation in the melodies Powell s addictive writing and tune soon draws me into the whirls and swirls and then as some of the dancers from the previous volumes gradually stream into this new salon I regain my balanceAlong this fourth volume we can also fell that Jenkins the narrator is gradually aging How Powell manages this so subtly baffles me Because along all these ballrooms there does not seem to be a mirror hung anywhere No self reflections Instead we can only see portraits And indeed how punctilious and exacting these portrayals are Nothing seems to escape the sharp eye almost surgical of Jenkins He is Almost Like Our Peek Hole But He Is Not He like our peek hole But he is not He part of the action part of the plot and the memories and recollections are his And yet they never reveal much about him All his attention is directed elsewhere like that of a meticulous portraitistBut all along the long gallery of portraits there is one which consistently stands out He was after all the first dancer of the Dance And even though Widmerpool is so very creepy and such a gauche dancer I am infinitely amused whenever he walks into the ballroom and steps onto the limelight He is the where is Wally of Powell s dance Where is WidmerpoolHe certainly was At Lady Molly s and left his uncanny mar. 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Of Time series1 I referred to Invitation To The Dance by Hilary Spurling when I needed to remind myself who s who and recommend it It s a fantastic resource and a good read in its own right2 wwwanthonypowellorguk has a character list synopsis and some excellent essays that throw light on various aspects of the book and further enrich the reading experience45 Woman may show some discrimination about whom they sleep with but they will marry anybody Anthony Powell At Lady Molly s Marriage as I have said is a form of action of violence almost an assertion of the will Its orbit is not to be chartered with precision if misrepresentation and contrivance Are To Be Avoided Its to be avoided Its can perhaps only be known by implication It is a state from which all objectivity has been removed Anthony Powell At Lady Molly s At Lady Molly s is the fourth book of 12 or the first book in A Dance to the Music of Time 2nd Movement If you prefer to think of Anthony Powell s rhymes with pole s not towel s masterpiece cycle in terms of months At Lady Molly s is AprilThis novel like most all of Powell s novels so far brings in new characters allows old characters to flow through and gene The first volume of Summer the second of four trilogies of Anthony Powell s Dance to the Music of Time Synopsis followed by What I ThoughtIn this synopsis I ve used Hilary Spurling s brief overview of the chapters to remind me of the narrative threads in each of them see Invitation to the DanceThis segment of the Dance takes place in 1934 The first chapter commences on the New Year The series first person narrator Nicholas Jenkins is now in his late twenties working in the low grade film industry as a scriptwriter He s taken to a party by Chips Lovell at Lovell s aunt s place The aunt is Lady Molly Jeavens who has graciously bestowed her name via the handiwork of Powell to the book The typical party banter of Powell s novels here produces among other new revelations of time s passing the unexpected ne Come along all of you said Molly You must all see the monkey You too Tuffy You simply must see him People say that you can meet anybody at one of the evening parties given by Lady Molly and Nicholas Jenkins is about to test the theorem when he gets invited by one of his new friends Chipp Lowell You can find anything at Aunt Molly s even lovely girls Are you coming I d like to very much The monkey residing in the bedroom of the host is actually one of the least controversial and surprising guests in the house Old acuaintances from the first three books are popping in and out of the limelight Tuffy Wheedon Dicky Umfraville an elderly reclusive gentleman that seems related to everybody else old school friends and old flames New names and their family connections are thrown at the reader Molly and Jeavons the hosts a general that trains poodles for hunting dogs Alf alias Erridge alias Lord Warminster an unconventional butler named Smith and a society lady that smokes like a chimney stack and swears like a soldier in the trenches even the pretty girls that are liable to make the heart of the still young Nick flutter All of them though are eclipsed by the dramatic entrance of the most ubiuitous character in the whole series view spoiler Life is full of internal dramas instantaneous and sensational played to an audience of one This was ust such a performance The fiance was Widmerpool Based on this particular scene I have a fancy that Widmerpool should be played onscreen by Kramer from the Seinfeld TV series hide spoiler In 1934 Nick is working as a scriptwriter for the film industry He meets a new group of people at Lady Molly s and gets to know the Tolland family Nick is courting Isobel Tolland but we find out Lady Molly s and gets to know the Tolland family Nick is courting Isobel Tolland but we find out little about their relationshipWidmerpool shows up uite often in this fourth book of the series and gets involved with an unusual older woman There are many humorous events and eccentric new characters in this book Very entertaining This is the fourth volume in the twelve novel Dance to the Music of Time The books are organised in terms of the seasons and so the first three novels are the Spring of our narrator s life consisting of A uestion of Upbringing A Buyer s Market and The. A twenty first century twist they’re available only as e books At Lady Mollys by Anthony Powell Crappy At Lady Mollys With unabated invention Anthony Powell continues his beautifully wry account of the conventional English scene of a generation ago to which he introduced us through the persons of Widmerpool Templer stringham Uncle Giles and the rest of that remarkable crows in At Lady Molly's Infogalactic the planetary At Lady Molly's is the fourth volume in Anthony Powell's twelve novel seuence A Dance to the Music of TimeA first person narrative it is written in precise yet conversational prose Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize At Lady Molly's is set in England of the mid s and is essentially a comedy of manners but in the background A third of the way through this uniue series and I expect I ll continue at a modest pace to work through to the end The narrator and the cast of characters that revolve around him continue to interest and at times fascinate I can t say that I loved this book or that I m obsessed with starting the next one but the content so far fully ustifies continuing to see where things will go and how the relationships will play outIn many ways one of the most intriguing aspects of the books and the series is how neutral unassuming at times passive vanilla unexceptional Powell has crafted his protagonist It s not fair to describe Nick as a cipher but it feels that while he may be the axle around which the action spins his actions seem largely irrelevant to what animates each bookOn a book by book basis and particularly on a chapter by chapter or page by page level this is leisurely languid stuff Nothing aw dropping but similarly reading the books is a comfortable and strangely compelling experience Today it s very much a period piece almost like reading a male centric Jane Austen in serial form or I m guessing for some like watching Downton Abbey lots of parlor room banter social commentary abstract observation caste and Status Related Jockeying EtcOne related ockeying etcOne I find striking is that while the story line at least so far evolves between WWI and WWII the books as I understand it were originally published from 1951 to 1975 Nonetheless it feels fresh and contemporary As literary historical fiction goes it s easy to see why it s stood the test of timeThis may seem obvious but my sense it would be a huge mistake to read these out of order The following passage was discovered in 2007 in an early draft of Anthony Powell s novel At Lady Molly s It was presented at a His Plaything joint meeting of the Anthony Powell and Sigfrid Siwertz societies held earlier this month in Stockholm where it was the occasion for considerable debateI suddenly realised that the person talking with Sir Magnus was General Conyers whom I had not seen in over a year I scanned his face anxiously at that age senility can set in with terrible suddenness but he seemed almost preternaturally unchanged A moment later he had moved over tooin meYou look well sir I hazardedKeeping busy said the General That s the important thing Had I started reading Swedish when we last metThe rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons At Lady Molly s is volume four of the A Dance to the Music of Time series and is Anthony Powell yet again at his best Once again I cannot praise the A Dance to the Music of Time series highly enough It s deliciously addictive and an absolute pleasure to read Imagine if you will the best of Evelyn Waugh when he s dealing with a large number of disparate characters eg of Evelyn Waugh when he s dealing with a large number of disparate characters eg of Honour and Brideshead Revisited and following some of your favourite characters from these books throughout their lives add in the kind of twists and turns you d find in superior soap operas then sprinkle liberally with the humour of someone as gifted as PG Wodehouse and all written in an accessible beautiful and lucid style A Dance to the Music of Time is utterly fantastic and gets better and better as the characters become familiarIt s now 1934 and Nick Jenkins is working as a scriptwriter and At Lady Molly s sees Nick finally embrace the adult world completely It s the first time we encounter Nick making a proactive decision rather than passively observing what is happening around him At Lady Molly s also introduces us to a large number of new and diverse characters who I m guessing will continue to play significant roles as the Dance progresses The key character is the eponymous Lady Molly who whilst she only appears in two scenes provides the meeting places for diverse and eclectic characters to interact Needless to say we encounter Widmerpool once again and as always in many ways he is Nick s alter ego and the star of the show Despite having yet ignominy heaped upon him he continues his reinvention and upward trajectory as his evolution from school boy nerd to driven and successful businessman continuesTwo tips for anyone reading the A Dance to the Music. 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