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The Kindly Ones A Dance to the Music of Time his brilliant novel sequence which chronicles the lives of over three hundred characters is a unique evocation of life in twentieth century England The novels follow

  • Title: The Kindly Ones
  • Author: Anthony Powell
  • ISBN: 9780006540410
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Dance to the Music of Time his brilliant 12 novel sequence, which chronicles the lives of over three hundred characters, is a unique evocation of life in twentieth century England.The novels follow Nicholas Jenkins, Kenneth Widmerpool and others, as they negotiate the intellectual, cultural and social hurdles that stand between them and the Acceptance World.

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    1. Algernon on said:

      The god, Mars, approaches the earth to lay waste. Moreover, the future is ever the consequence of the past. Why would Anthony Powell take us back, in the beginning of the sixth episode of his Dance, all the way to the early childhood of his narrator, Nicholas Jenkins? The answer may be in the quote I have used to open my review. The words are part of the ramblings of a self-appointed holy man/ prophet/ guru, a Dr Trelawney, and serve a dual purpose in forecasting the world going to war (twice, h [...]

    2. Ted on said:

      We followed through the door, crossing the hall again, while I wondered what on earth had happened to Templer’s wife to give her this air of having been struck by lightning.or, if you prefer, “Takes place”: 1939. The first chapter consists of Jenkins’ memories of 1914, when he was a lad of seven or eight and his family were renting Stonehurst, a (fictional) place near Aldershot; the second chapter, memories of 1928-29, then October 1938; third chapter, summer 1939; last chapter, autumn 1 [...]

    3. Diane Barnes on said:

      "One of the worst things about life is not how nasty the nasty people are. You know that already. It is how nasty the nice people can be."Volume Six starts out by going back to Nick's childhood and the beginning of WWI. It ends with the beginning of WWII, as Nick and his friends and family divulge some secrets and keep others close to the vest. We meet characters that have only been spoken of in earlier volumes, and lose others as time takes its toll. This is a brilliant sequence of novels, and [...]

    4. Connie on said:

      "The Kindly Ones" starts with a look back to Nick Jenkin's boyhood just as World War I is starting. Nick learned in his mythology lessons that the Greeks called the Furies the flattering name the Eunenides (or the Kindly Ones) to appease their wrath. The Furies were responsible for the gods inflicting war, dissension, and other maladies on the earth. Nick also remembers a visit from General Conyers and his wife to the Jenkins' home. As they were leaving, Uncle Giles arrived with the news that th [...]

    5. Nigeyb on said:

      Exquisite writing, a gripping narrative, humour and a wonderful social history of England In common with the previous five volumes this book is an absolute delight. Exquisite writing, a gripping narrative, humour and a wonderful social history of England throughout the twentieth century. What more could a reader wish for?The shadow of war hangs over "The Kindly Ones" ("A Dance to the Music of Time" Volume 6). The book opens at the start of World War 1 and closes with the start of World War 2. As [...]

    6. Darwin8u on said:

      "The Essence of the All is the Godhead of the True.""The Visions of Visions heals the Blindness of Sight."Is it better to love somebody and not have them, or have somebody and not love them? I mean from the point of view of action -- living intensely. Does action consist in having or loving? In having -- naturally -- it might first appear. Loving is just emotion, not action at all. But is that correct? I'm not sure.-- Anthony Powell, The Kindly Ones.Book 6? Done. 2nd Movement? Done. Summer? Fini [...]

    7. Laura on said:

      This is the sixth book of a 12 volumes series. Its sequel is "The Valley of Bones."The novel captures the dying fall of the period between the wars, relating the run up to the Second World War to the circumstances prevailing just before the Great War. Hints abound that the vulnerable are to suffer, just as those driven by force of will begin their advance. Widmerpool is portrayed as one such, and a harbinger of war. As ever, Nick is carried upon the tide of events, whilst seeking to do the honou [...]

    8. Kim Kaso on said:

      This one seems very much a book on the brink. We spend a good deal of time with Nick before the war, before he was in school with his friends, on the brink of WW I. Then we spend the rest of the war as people try and live out their day-to-day lives as Europe moves towards WW II and the inevitable disruption of all their lives and routines. This book felt more passive and distant to me, perhaps reflecting how people were in the run-up to a war that will exceed all their expectations and fears. Ra [...]

    9. Eleanor on said:

      The Kindly Ones are the Furies, and in this volume we are reminded that Nick was a child in the First World War, and at the end of the book, the Second has begun. Meanwhile the dance of the many lives intertwined in this brilliant series of novels continues. I liked this observation towards the end of the book:"One passes through the world knowing few, if any, of the important things about even the people with whom one has been from time to time in the closest intimacy."The book ends on a seriou [...]

    10. Kalliope on said:

      6 -- THE KINDLY ONESThe Essence of the All is the Godhead of the True.The Vision of Visions heals the Blindness of Sight.These quotes would mean nothing for anybody who has not read the book, while they mean everything for those who have.**************In this volume the Eumenides, or Kindly Ones, unleash the Will to Action. War.Like the previous volume this one interrupts the chronology and we jump back to an earlier time than the beginning. Reading the memories of the Narrator’s early childho [...]

    11. Bruce on said:

      The title of this sixth book in the series, “A Dance to the Music of Time,” refers to the Furies, the Eumenides. The novel begins with a large jump back in time to Nick Jenkin’s boyhood in about 1914, taking place at Stonehurst, the country residence temporarily occupied by his parents and servants while his father’s regiment is stationed in the area. A whole new cast of characters is introduced, servants primarily, including Albert and Bracey, as well as the charismatic religious fringe [...]

    12. Vit Babenco on said:

      Memories of childhood and perturbations of the present…“The Greeks, because they so greatly feared the Furies, had named them the Eumenides – the Kindly Ones – flattery intended to appease their terrible wrath.”But despite the flattery the Kindly Ones stick to their unkindly doings…“The grey, flickering sequences of the screen showed with increased persistence close-ups of stocky demagogues, fuming, gesticulating, stamping; oceans of raised forearms; steel-helmeted men tramping in [...]

    13. Ali on said:

      The Kindly Ones is the sixth book in Anthony Powell’s Dance to the Music of Time sequence. It is now the late 1930’s, the possibility of war hangs over everyone– but this novel opens with reminiscence taking us right back to the dawn of WW1 and Jenkins’ boyhood. Nick and his family, as sister mother and father, lived then in a large colonial style bungalow on the Stonehurst estate - where they are assisted by three members of staff. It the stories of these three rather odd characters tha [...]

    14. Jeremy Silverman on said:

      Another very fine work that follows Nick Jenkins, the narrator, and his many associates, family members and in-laws up from around the Munich Agreement to the Second World War's beginning. The book opens, however, with an extended remembrance of Jenkins in childhood, living in the country house with his family and their servants and aides just prior to the beginning of the First World War. Thus, this individual book possesses a sort of symmetry and balance, even as it takes us to the halfway mar [...]

    15. Paola on said:

      This volume opens and close with war: the great war, that closes up the flashback to Nicholas' childhood, and the WWII which is at this stage luring in almost everyone, ready to serve for king and country.In Nick's childhood home we see more of the “upstairs-downstairs” relationships in a middle class household - not a grand one, that of a military man who can however support a housemaid, a cook, a gardener, a nurse, a parlourmaid and a butler. Yet it is a poor man’s version of the good li [...]

    16. Mario Hinksman on said:

      Fantastic. A culmination of the 'summer' season of three books, from the 'year' of twelve. For me, this was the strongest book so far although in part due to the groundwork set out in earlier books.'The Kindly Ones' is a potentially misleading title actually referring to a euphemism in Greek mythology applied to the furies and one that is designed to appease them. The principal furies encountered are war and the impact of other people's problems.The book's first chapter is a step back in time to [...]

    17. Renee M on said:

      I very much enjoyed this new chapter of Nick's life and observations. I love the way it started with a chapter from his past, from just before WW I, and ended in the period before WW II. Initially, I was confused by the flashback but it proved to be a perfect way to begin. Several new and unique characters appear, and several reappear after long absence. Plus, there are a few revelations that take Nick (and the reader) by surprise. But each is handled beautifully and mined for resonance. This ma [...]

    18. Ian on said:

      More of the same from Powell and thank goodness for that. Everyone is jostling for position as war becomes a reality; Uncle Giles' demise leads to a seaside encounter with Bob Duport. All is set in the context of the eponymous Furies, as memories of childhood and thwarted relationships between servants are recalled. There is a marvellous quote on the back cover blurb of my edition to the effect that when you emerge from reading Powell it seems that no one else is writing English any more.

    19. Gregory on said:

      "One of the worst things about life is not how nasty the nasty people are. You know that already. It is how nasty the nice people can be."

    20. Jason on said:

      As I believe I’ve mentioned before, since I began this reading project, I get asked regularly what book I am reading and what I think of it. Earlier this week, I met a friend for lunch, and as we were leaving, she nodded to the book in my hand and asked what I was reading. “The Kindly Ones, by Anthony Powell,” I said, holding up the book. “Hmm,” she replied, which I took to mean that she had never heard of it (before this list, neither had I). “Is it good?” And for a moment I was s [...]

    21. Christopher on said:

      When we last left Anthony Powell's 12-volume work "A Dance to the Music of Time", we were in the late 1930s and steadily approaching the outbreak of the Second World War. THE KINDLY ONES, the sixth novel in the sequence, unexpectedly opens with a flashback to the start of the First. In 1914, Nicholas Jenkins is an eight or nine year-old, living in a rented manor in the countryside where his father is stationed. For some fifty pages, we follow some disputes and love affairs among the family's ser [...]

    22. David Mcangus on said:

      Change is afoot. This has been true throughout The Dance. But in The Kindly Ones, disorder looms over the characters, both in the form of the increased march towards war and the final goodbye to the last remnants of youth.Powell seems to focus specifically on the loss of innocence during this instalment. Nick's memories from his early childhood feature here for the first time and paint a picture of eccentric wonder, rendered specifically in the character of Dr. Trelawney. This aspect of British [...]

    23. Mary on said:

      I finally made it through the midpoint of A Dance to the Music of Time. It's a good feeling to have made it this far and even better to know that I still have six more books following the eccentric friends of Nick Jenkins. I take whatever book I'm reading with me everywhere that I expect to have any amount of free time. Because of this I get people asking me what I am reading. I answer and the natural question is, "I've never heard of it, what's it about?". I find myself unable to give a good an [...]

    24. Realini on said:

      The Kindly Ones by Anthony PowellWith The Kindly Ones I have reached the middle of A Dance To The Music Of Time, the epic work of Anthony Powell. Why is it called The Kindly Ones?“The Greeks, because they feared the Furies, had named them the Eumenides, “The Kindly Ones „flattery intended to appease their wrath…” Even if war is looming over the atmosphere of this volume, the sixth in a long but splendid book, there are hilarious passages. Humor is one of the aspects I like most in Powe [...]

    25. max on said:

      This sixth installment in the Dance to the Music of Time sequence is the first to really delve into Nick’s childhood, taking a sustained look at the household of his upbringing, including his father’s military manners, the servants and their preoccupations, a few of the neighbors, and the rare visitors to the somewhat inaccessible abode. Honestly, what took Powell so long? Couldn’t some of this material be placed in one of the previous five books? Nevertheless, if the timing of this backst [...]

    26. Stenwjohnson on said:

      If you're an Anglophile that can't be satisfied by Evelyn Waugh's "Brideshead Revisited" or "Downton Abbey," you may be ready for Anthony Powell's "A Dance to the Music of Time" series (1951-75), the "Ring of the Nibelung" of high between-the-wars British school-and-country-house fiction.  Whether Powell's 12-part series is a single unbroken novel is a matter of debate. It's at its best when individual segments are more self-contained and conventionally novelistic, with healthy exposition and t [...]

    27. Rob on said:

      So, after a slight sense of disappointment with Book 5 - a feeling that that novel had been a touch bogus and by-the-numbers - we're back with Jenkins and his observant murmurings. There's a promising change of pace from the outset with a return to the Jenkins house around the outbreak of WWI and that's enough to rekindle the flames of our roman fleuve-reader relationship. Jenkins now gets to do his musing with more depth to the timeframe and we get a few more crumbs of his upper crust slightly [...]

    28. Lars Guthrie on said:

      My favorite of the twelve-volume 'A Dance to the Music of Time' (so far) and the one that gets me to the half-way point. I am more enthusiastic about this project with every installment. Each novel fills in more and takes me to unexpected places. I particularly like 'Kindly' because of its opening flashback to narrator Nick Jenkins's childhood and its accompanying look at some characters who, for once, don't inhabit the upper class, and the historical tie to Britain just before WWII. Also, Widme [...]

    29. Ian Brydon on said:

      Re-reading this marvellous novel was immensely entertaining. This sixth volume of Powell's majestic Dance to the Music of Time sequence starts with a recapitulation of memories of Nick Jenkins's childhood, and in particular the suitably apocalyptic events that occurred in Stonehurst, the remote bungalow a few miles from Aldershot in which he grew up, on what proved to be the day on which Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. We are reintroduced to General Conyers and Jenkins's meddlesome Un [...]

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