Autumn (A Dance to the Music of Time, Book 3) by Anthony Powell

By Anthony Powell

Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic features a four-volume landscape of 20th century London. Hailed through Time as "brilliant literary comedy in addition to a super caricature of the times," A Dance to the song of Time opens simply after global conflict I. Amid the fever of the Twenties and the 1st sit back of the Thirties, Nick Jenkins and his pals confront intercourse, society, enterprise, and artwork. within the moment quantity they circulate to London in a whirl of marriage and adulteries, models and frivolities, own triumphs and screw ups. those books "provide an unsurpassed photograph, without delay homosexual and depression, of social and inventive lifestyles in Britain among the wars" (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.). The 3rd quantity follows Nick into military existence and conjures up London in the course of the blitz. within the climactic ultimate quantity, England has gained the struggle and needs to now count number the losses.

In this 3rd quantity of A Dance to the song of Time, we back meet Widmerpool, doggedly emerging in rank; Jenkins, shifted from one dismal military publish to a different; Stringham, heroically rising from alcoholism; Templer, nonetheless on his everlasting sexual quest. the following, too, we're brought to Pamela Flitton, the most attractive and unsafe girls in glossy fiction. Wickedly barbed in its wit, uncanny in its seismographic recording of human feelings and social currents, this saga stands as an unsurpassed rendering of England's most interesting but costliest hour.

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He was talkative, but all the time he sat with his head high, turning it swiftly this way and that, for all the world like a scared partridge on a tree branch. The jeeps bounced and almost threw people out, but not quite. Shots were fired at them and bullets whined overhead; they hit it up to sixty or seventy miles an hour, and it was most exhilarating. They stopped in front of the town hall, which was the CP, busy as a beehive. The passengers got out and announced themselves. The commander here was Lieutenant Colonel Cherry, who came from Georgia and was courteous, like all Southerners; he was a much worried officer and looked as if he hadn’t slept or eaten since the day before yesterday.

These and other things you had to learn, and your first mistake might be your last. They heard the sound of engines and backed away into a thicket and lay flat. They carried automatic guns and about their waists a string of grenades, objects like gourds with long necks. Behind them came Panzerfaust teams and officers, then medical-aid men, all precisely spaced. But it wasn’t; it was just one Panzer Grenadier Battalion, and the Germans were sending in four whole divisions of them, about sixty thousand men; also four Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions, that is, of the regular Army, and four SS Panzer Divisions, who were Hitler’s own chosen troops, his private army, as you might say, trained from childhood to be cruel and deadly killers.

On the other hand, what were Lanny Budd’s personal chances if he surrendered? He had destroyed all his papers and could give a false name and might get by with it. But he had traveled all over Germany, ever since boyhood, and had known literally thousands of Germans, especially of the officer class and among the Nazis of the ruling group. Wasn’t it certain that they would apply all the fancy kinds of scientific torture they had devised to make him reveal the names of his accomplices? So why not die quickly and take a few highly trained enemy troops along with him?

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