In the eleventh volume of A Dance to the Music of Time, Nick Jenkins, persuaded by his old friend Mark Members, attends a literary conference in Venice.
Meanwhile, old school pal Widmerpool continues to climb the ranks, this time as a Life Peer. But his position in power is under threat when he becomes the subject of whispered accusations of espionage, and wife Pamela, former lover of the dead writer X. Trapnel, also finds herself the centre of attention, as the mystery around the writer continues to draw ghoulish interest from readers and academics alike.
Even in Venice, surrounded by the beautiful vistas of the city, Nick cannot escape his friends’ turbulent lives.
Strangely Like Real Life
My own prime favourite is Anthony Powell’s sequence of novels A Dance to the Music of Time: panoramic, sharply observed, farcical, ironic, yet shot through with what Kingsley Amis called an...Read more