Friday, February 4, 2011
A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME : Volume 6 THE KINDLY ONES
The initial part of this, the sixth volume is told in retrospect by the narrator. It concerns his childhood prior to the Great War.
For the first time in the novel we meet his parents. There is sadness and humour in this section, as there has been throughout.
When the scene returns to a contemporary setting the world has now realized that war is again inevitable and it is only when this will occur.
More early characters die off with new and interesting ones being introduced. The core still remain however and we are treated to the arch bore, Widmerpool, dressed up in a farcical looking uniform.
There is a touch of the mystical about this volume with several discussions on the spirit world, after life.
This volume is comparable to volume three as the two best in my view thus far.
The book ends with the world at war.