Hearing Secret Harmonies by Anthony Powell

The last in this wonderful series of novels. The characters are getting into late middle age, dealing with death, madness and social change. But through it all, artistic sensibilities give shape and comfort.

Widmerpool, perhaps the central character of the novel, meets a bizarre end, his conventionality and unconventionality finally becoming unwound from each other. And Nick, the narrator, appropriately for the reflective nature of the whole cycle of novels, collectively known as A Dance to the Music of Time, begins to assert his own views a little more, as he comes to terms with all that he has seen and experienced.

I will miss these novels – a great literary achievement.

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