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By Anthony Powell

Anthony Powell’s universally acclaimed epic A Dance to the tune of Time bargains a matchless landscape of twentieth-century London. Now, for the 1st time in many years, readers within the usa can learn the books of Dance as they have been initially published—as twelve person novels—but with a twenty-first-century twist: they’re to be had in basic terms as e-books.

The moment quantity, A Buyer’s Market (1952),finds younger Nick Jenkins suffering to set up himself in London. Amid the fever of the Nineteen Twenties, he attends formal dinners and wild events; makes his first tentative forays into the worlds of paintings, tradition, and bohemian existence; and suffers his first disappointments in love. outdated acquaintances come and move, however the paths they as soon as shared are swiftly diverging: Stringham is settling right into a lifetime of debauchery and drink, Templer is plunging into the area of industrial, and Widmerpool, notwithstanding nonetheless a determine of out-of-place grotesquerie, continues to be unbowed, convinced in his personal significance and eventual luck. A Buyer’s Market is a extraordinary portrait of the pleasures and anxieties of early maturity, set opposed to a backdrop of London existence and tradition at one in every of its so much bubbling moments.

"Anthony Powell is the simplest dwelling English novelist by means of some distance. His admirers are addicts, allow us to face it, held in thrall by means of a magician."--Chicago Tribune

"A publication which creates an international and explores it intensive, which ponders altering relationships and values, which creates brilliantly dwelling and numerous characters after which watches them develop and alter of their milieu. . . . Powell's international is as huge and as complicated as Proust's."--Elizabeth Janeway, New York Times

"One of crucial works of fiction because the moment global warfare. . . . the radical appeared, because it all started, anything like a comedy of manners; then, for it slow, like a tragedy of manners; now like a significantly exciting, deeply depression, but by some means brave assertion approximately human experience."--Naomi Bliven, New Yorker


“The such a lot amazing and penetrating novelist we have.”--Kingsley Amis

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Such, at least, were the terms in which I thought of her as I approached the Walpole-Wilsons’ that evening. Taxis were drawing up in the late sunshine before several of the houses in the square, and young men in tails and girls in evening dress, looking rather selfconscious in the bright daylight, were paying fares or ringing front-door bells. It was that stagnant London weather without a breath of air. One might almost have been in the Tropics. Even Archie Gilbert, who had immediately preceded me in the hall—he had never been known to be late for dinner—looked that night as if he might be feeling the heat a little.

In addition to this appreciation of his status as a kind of milestone on the winding and dusty road of existence, I found something interesting—though not entirely comfortable—about Mr. Deacon’s personality. He had given me a long, appraising glance when we shook hands, an action in itself, for some reason, rather unexpected, and later he had asked which were my favourite pictures in the gallery, and elsewhere, in the same deep, grave voice with which he had formerly explained his views on tone values: listening to the reply as if the information there contained might possess considerable importance for himself.

There really are moments when one feels one has more in common with the French than with one’s own countrymen,’ he said. ‘Their practical way of looking at things appeals to a certain side of me—though perhaps not the best side. If you want something here, the question is: Have you got the money to pay for it? If the answer is “yes”, all is well; if “no”, you have to go without. Besides, there is a freer atmosphere. That is something that revolutions do. ’ ‘I’m afraid I can’t possibly ask you there in its present state,’ he added.

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