The main characters are all now well into young adulthood and most of this volume of Powell’s epic 12-volume A Dance to the Music of Time revolves around social occasions rather than, as in the previous volumes, educational establishments. Along with the beginnings of careers in various fields, there are also the first brushes with the opposite sex.
More characters are introduced but these seem quite two-dimensional as particularly Nick Jenkins and Widmerpool start to stand out from the crowd. That said, I do find Nick an emotionless narrator, almost as if he is suffering from some inability to come to terms with either his own feelings or those of anyone he observes. He does observe acutely, but it all seems rather detached and clinical. Intentional or not, I don’t know.
Having already completed the third volume as I write this, I can see that novel two is very much setting the scene for what happens to Nick and Widmerpool in the third novel. In fact, the volume wasn’t
that memorable to me and I had to go back to Wikipedia for a refresher. While it’s less memorable than the first volume, it is an essential part of the entire novel nevertheless. Just hurry through it for volume three.
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