The Military Philosophers

The Military Philosophers

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Set mostly in London with a brief interlude overseas, it is the period 1941-1945. Nicholas Jenkins has been posted to a War Office liaison Section to work for the Allied forces. Absurdities coincide with horrors for the characters of A Dance to the Music of Time, especially in the shady secret services; and although the violence is off-stage, it is still catastrophic. Jenkins's friend and colleague, David Pennistone, talks in philosophic terms while making the best of being a soldier; the dazzling array of individual foreign officers encountered adapt themselves to life in exile, while the eminent figures of Finn, Farebrother -- and, naturally, Widmerpool -- have different ideas of how War should be waged.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 365 pages
  • 165 x 248 x 25mm | 522g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Large Print Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0753158221
  • 9780753158227

Review Text

Another novel in a series intended to develop, in aggregate, the master plan indicated by the title, The Music of Time. Powell's concept is vast; its manifestations, within the context of the total work, technically fine. The gloved touching of personalities, the groupings, helter-skelter meetings, congruences are forced by the times, present a chance pattern, inconclusive but a pattern nonetheless. Powell's characters are never transformed-they merely adapt. They are upper class, articulating, "riding through." In this latest and last, in the war trilogy, Jenkins is assigned to a War Office Section with the Allies of World War II. Somehow the times never seem quite out of joint and Widmerpool continues his career climb; Pennistone wittily regards a bureaucracy; Farebrother's jaunty buccaneering is further tolerated; the deaths of Stringham and Peter Templer are noted as blankly as the horror of an offstage holocaust. Odd entities are accepted as just that-a dreadful girl named, dreadfully, Pamela Flitton; a blind bat of a bureaucrat named Blackhead. Also foreign military; one hapless Prince; compeers recognized and noted-the cast is enormous, with the agreeable dissonance of chiming clocks. For those with an accrued interest in the complete work. (Kirkus Reviews)
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