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A Question of Upbringing - Anthony Powell
A Question of Upbringing
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Anthony Powell’s universally acclaimed epic A Dance to the Music of Time offers a matchless panorama of twentieth-century London. Now, for the first time in decades, readers in the United States can read the books of Dance as they were originally published—as twelve individual novels—but with a... show more
Anthony Powell’s universally acclaimed epic A Dance to the Music of Time offers a matchless panorama of twentieth-century London. Now, for the first time in decades, readers in the United States can read the books of Dance as they were originally published—as twelve individual novels—but with a twenty-first-century twist: they’re available only as e-books.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. By the end of the novel, Jenkins has finished university and is setting out on a life in London; old ties are fraying, new ones are forming, and the first steps of the dance are well underway. "Anthony Powell is the best living English novelist by far. His admirers are addicts, let us face it, held in thrall by a magician."—Chicago Tribune"A book which creates a world and explores it in depth, which ponders changing relationships and values, which creates brilliantly living and diverse characters and then watches them grow and change in their milieu. . . . Powell's world is as large and as complex as Proust's."—Elizabeth Janeway, New York Times"One of the most important works of fiction since the Second World War. . . . The novel looked, as it began, something like a comedy of manners; then, for a while, like a tragedy of manners; now like a vastly entertaining, deeply melancholy, yet somehow courageous statement about human experience."—Naomi Bliven, New Yorker  “The most brilliant and penetrating novelist we have.”—Kingsley Amis“There is no other work in the annals of European fiction that attempts meticulously to recreate half a century of history, decade by decade, with anything like the emotional precision or details of Powell’s twelve volumes. Neither Balzac’s panorama of the Restoration, nor Zola’s chronicles of the Second Empire, nor Proust’s reveries in the Belle Epoque can match a comparable span of time, an attention to variations within it, or a compositional intricacy capable of uniting them into a single narrative. . . . The elegance of this artifice was only compatible with comedy.”—Perry Anderson
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B004DNWDNC
Pages no: 181
Edition language: English
Series: A Dance to the Music of Time (#1)
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The Professor
The Professor rated it
4.0 A Question of Upbringing
“Just a whim of mine regarding elephants.” If you read narrator Nick Jenkins’ thoughts on who might have scrawled the picture of Widmerpool on the wall of the toilet at La Grenadière (along with who might have added “certain extraneous details”) without a smile on your face, without luxuriating in t...
Krazykiwi @ Kiwitopia
Krazykiwi @ Kiwitopia rated it
3.0 A Question of Upbringing (A Dance to the Music of Time #1) by Anthony Powell
The first of Anthony Powell's epic 12 volume saga, this is a nice introduction, but little more. This first book focusses on our narrator, one Nick Jenkins, and his youthful adventures in a series of vignettes serving to introduce us to a host of characters, and their place in post WWI British socie...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0 A Question of Upbringing by Anthony Powell
bookshelves: winter-20152016, a-cut-above, jan-2016-litricher, lit-richer, re-visit-2016, published-1951, group-read, e-book, britain-england, sartorial, amusing Read from January 03 to 07, 2016 Description: Who is Widmerpool? The question that is to dog Nicholas Jenkins crystallizes as he sees...
Nigeyb
Nigeyb rated it
4.0 "A Question of Upbringing" by Anthony Powell
"A Dance to the Music of Time" is a twelve-volume cycle of novels by Anthony Powell, and "A Question of Upbringing" is the first of the twelve volumes.I've wanted to read "A Dance to the Music of Time" since discovering that Julian Maclaren-Ross features somewhere in the series as a character called...
JulieM
JulieM rated it
3.0 A Question of Upbringing (A Dance To the Music of Time #1)
A Question of Upbringing is the first of 12 novels that make up Powell's opus A Dance to the Music of Time. The theme behind these books is the accidental nature of our relationships. The stories cover the lives of four main characters. In this first book, the setting is England in the 1920s, and...
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