I seem to have fallen into a bit of a pattern whereby after reading three of four other books I then return to read the next installment of Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of Time series. This is the third novel in the series, covering Nick Jenkins’ time in London between 1931 and 1933.

The Acceptance World by Anthony Powell

Here we find that Nick, who is now approaching thirty, is working for an art publishers and has released his first novel. Like the previous installments, the book covers only a small number of scenes, peopled predominantly with characters from Nick’s past. We meet once more Uncle Giles, Jenkins, Templer, Stringham, Widmerpool and even Le Bas.

A lack of time prevents me from being able to write a fuller review of this novel, but may it suffice to say that I enjoyed this book, as I have the previous two in the series. Anthony Powell’s quietly amusing portrayal of this singular set of characters is expertly executed; each book is written in beautiful prose, with intelligent observations and memorable set-pieces.

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