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Celebrate! The Dance Is Halfway Finished!


Today, I celebrate.

Because, today, I am halfway finished with A Dance To The Music Of Time, perhaps the most lengthy and tedious piece of literature I have ever read. That means “The Year of The Dance” is 50% complete.

So what’s it like to read A Dance To The Music Of Time? The following paragraph, taken from Book 6, The Kindly Ones, will give you an idea:

For some reason there was a great deal of fuss about moving the marquetry cabinet from Hyde Park Gardens to South Kensington. The reason for these difficulties was obscure, although it was true that not an inch remained in the Jeavons house for the accommodation of an additional piece of furniture.

You just read a paragraph about the obscure difficulties of moving a piece of furniture. This is riveting drama.

Where does A Dance go from here? Well, World War 2 has started and is now a part of the novel’s plot background. Maybe, just maybe, this will help the story pick up and become more interesting.

To be fair, I will give you an example of a paragraph I liked from the book.  If you’ve been out of high school for awhile, and maybe even been to a high school reunion or two, you’ll see how dead on this paragraph is:

There was, of course, absolutely no reason why Templer should adopt a satirical tone towards Widmerpool, who had as much right as anyone else to make friends with–if necessary, even to dominate–persons like Templer, who had made fun of him as a schoolboy. It was the juxtaposition of his complete acceptance of Widmerpool with Templer’s equally complete indifference to his old crony, Stringham, that gave the two things an emphasis that certainly jarred a little.

So the novel isn’t without its strengths. Powell makes plenty of powerful insights. But the story itself? Meh. It’s killing me. Never has so little happened in 1,500 pages of a novel.

Yet, I continue on. I begin Book 7, The Valley Of Bones, in July.

Have I sold you on this novel yet?

Check out my previous posts about A Dance To The Music Of Time. 

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17 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nel #

    You should eat a piece of cake or something. :D

    June 27, 2012
    • Yes ;)

      June 27, 2012
    • That’s the best advice I’ve seen. I think you should eat cake while reading Dance.

      June 27, 2012
      • Nel #

        From what I’ve read about these books, you need to eat cake to make them bearable.

        June 27, 2012
      • I’m all in. I’ll buy a cake for book 7!

        June 27, 2012
  2. Not sold! Every time I see it on one of those lists (including Time’s). Your writing voice comes into my head and is like NOOOOOOOO! Back away, back far away. Hopefully it gets better – or you just finish.

    June 27, 2012
    • I think I’ll just finish, but I have heard the second half might get better. Maybe there’s hope.

      June 27, 2012
      • Let’s hope – I find the premise interesting and would consider reading it, but I’ve not read anything to really make me want to yet.

        June 27, 2012
  3. I am not sold, but I’m proud of you for continuing to read.

    June 27, 2012
    • It’s self-inflicted torture.

      June 27, 2012
  4. I don’t think I will ever read this one.

    June 27, 2012
  5. You’re hilarious. I love reading these posts about a book where nothing ever happens.

    June 27, 2012
  6. I’m so glad you’re reading it, so I don’t have to. Thanks!

    June 28, 2012
  7. Geoffrey #

    Keep up with reading A Dance – i’m loving it – i’ve saved the final three books (subtitled “Autumn”) for my holiday to Ibiza where i’m going next week!! Can’t wait to finish the series and see what happens to them all in the end, especially Widmerpool – I so want him to slide down the greasy pole that he’s been socially climbing up til now!!

    June 29, 2012
  8. I admire your stamina! I read the first book and couldn’t go any further. The TV adaptation wasn’t that riveting either…

    June 30, 2012
  9. In the case of this book, I really question whether the Time selection committee even read this thing before putting it on the list. Length does not always constitute greatness!

    September 2, 2012

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