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The Acceptance World (1955)

di Anthony Powell

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Serie: A Dance to the Music of Time (3)

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A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME 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. THE ACCEPTANCE WORLD follows Nicholas Jenkins, Kenneth Widmerpool and others, as they negotiate the intellectual, cultural and social hurdles which stand between them and the 'Acceptance World'.… (altro)
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Still loving it, still waiting for some payoffs...a lot of dominoes have been set up now. ( )
  Adamantium | Aug 21, 2022 |
Meh. Not sure I'll continue the series. ( )
  majkia | Mar 18, 2021 |
read more than once ( )
  Milesc | Dec 2, 2020 |
Not quite as good as the earlier novels in the first movement, but that's like saying a particular chapter in a novel isn't as good as the earlier chapters. They can't all be gold. There are nice reflections here, but the whole is dragged down by too little Widmerpool, and far too much expository dialogue. Most of this volume is people telling our narrator about events that have happened to third parties. This can be enjoyable in short bursts; but here it's pushed to an extreme that shows precisely why first-person narratives must be based around thought rather than action, or, otherwise, so heavily stylized that you can barely distinguish the first person narrator from a third person (consider Conrad's Marlowe). One could argue that the repetitive, boring events that fill this novel satirize the way people actually live in their late-twenties (c. 2013; probably mid-twenties in the 1920s), and I could be convinced. But that doesn't make it any more interesting to read about someone's being married on one page, and then their divorce fifteen pages later, without ever having actually seen that person outside of social gossip.

None of which will keep me from re-reading the other 9 novels, of course, because Powell's sentences are so lovely. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
This is number three of twelve in the 12-part “A Dance to the Music of Time” series. I found the first two volumes a little dull and slow, but I am continuing to read this series mainly due to Richard Horton’s exhortations. With this book, I finally got a sense of why Richard keeps urging me along; something finally clicked. As characters reappeared, I welcomed them back as old friends, and didn’t need to flip back to find where they had entered the story before. Jenkins, the narrator, started doing something, rather than just commenting on the actions of Stringham, Templar, and Widmerpool. Marriages were consummated and broken. Literary and political differences moved into the foreground of the novel. For once, I even thought I saw a plot.

I guess what really happened is that I warmed to both Powell’s prose and subjects. In the first two books, I thought there were occasions upon which Powell waxed poetical–loving bits of description that put both character-building and story into suspension until the subject at hand was drained of detail. I am the first to admit that I am not one fond of overt description, but one can sit still for only so long before something falls asleep.

Jenkins and his contemporaries are in their late 20s in this book, which takes place in the golden years between the two World Wars. Trouble is brewing in the world, seen here in some characters who are pronounced revolutionaries, followers of Marx and Trotsky.

A quote from page 63 sums up the idea of this series in my mind:

"Afterwards, that dinner in the Grill seemed to partake of the nature of a ritual feast, a rite from which the four of us emerged to take up new positions in the formal dance with which human life is concerned. At the time, its charm seemed to reside in a difference from the usual run of things…. But, in a sense, nothing in life is planned–or everything is–because in the dance every step is ultimately the corollary of the step before; the consequence of being the kind of person one chances to be."

And, while I am in a quoting mood, here is a line that seemed apt: “There is, after all, no pleasure like that given by a woman who really wants to see you.” Lines like that have me anxious to continue the series. ( )
  engelcox | Oct 18, 2020 |
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Powell, Anthonyautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Boxer, MarkImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Broom-Lynne, JamesProgetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Ekholm, RaunoTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Lancaster, OsbertImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Leistra, AukeTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME 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. THE ACCEPTANCE WORLD follows Nicholas Jenkins, Kenneth Widmerpool and others, as they negotiate the intellectual, cultural and social hurdles which stand between them and the 'Acceptance World'.

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