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Hearing Secret Harmonies (KINDLE)

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  • Hearing Secret Harmonies
  • Anthony Powell
  • English
  • 18 March 2019
  • 9780099472537

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Read Û Hearing Secret Harmonies ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF characters ñ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Anthony Powell Free read Hearing Secret Harmonies Er the extraordinary life of Anthony Powell – captured by acclaimed biographer Hilary Spurling in A. Two compensations for growing old are worth putting on record as the condition asserts itself The first is a vantage point gained for acuiring embellishments to narratives that have been unfolding for years beside one s own trimmings that can even appear to supply the conclusion of a given story though finality is never certain a dimension always possible to add The other mild advantage endorses keener perception for the authenticities of mythology not only of the traditional sort but when such are any good the latterday mythologies of poetry and the novel cover suggested by title related themesor perhaps featuring the uiggen twinsTakes place spring 1968 to autumn 1971 Nick Jenkins now in his early 60s his seventh decadeBook published 1975 24 years after the first volume Anthony Powell then 70 Nick Jenkins came close but will never be able to catch his creator in age Powell will live to be 94 but for Nick the end has come since this is the final book in the dodecology to stretch a definitionThe eleven main characters by roughly the number of pages they are referenced on with new characters in bold Widmerpool Ken please Leslie Murtlock Russell Gwinnett Fiona Cutts almost a new character her birth rated a brief notice in Books Do Furnish Isobel Jenkins nee Tolland Barnabas Henderson Mark Members Bith Bithel Amanda Belinda uiggin new like Fiona Cutts the Rev Canon Paul Fenneau a very strange case Sir Magnus Donners X Trapnel The last two rise from the dead to dance one timeThe war has been over for a uarter centuryThree of the leads Leslie Murtlock Fiona Cutts Barnabas Henderson are two generations younger than Nick Jenkins Secret HarmoniesThe first chapter finds a caravan parked on the Jenkins land the four occupants one being their niece Fiona Cutts engaged in a crayfish expedition organized by Nick and Isobel Besides another young woman Rusty the group includes both newmain characters Scorpio Murtlock and Henderson the two girls wearing T shirts advocating or proclaiming HARMONY This seems harmless even desirable But Jenkins narrative suggests darker connections as we read the group described by Fiona s parents as a cult Murtlock as spooky and creepy and soon enough Jenkins himself is using such as gnomic pronouncements Shortcuts to the Infinite Wisdom of the East Analects of the Sages hypnotic powers the ability to impose oneself on others in describing his own reactions to MurtlockI was reminded of the astonishing scene in the penultimate chapter of the previous novel involving Widmerpool his wife Pamela and Mrs Erdleigh the Sorceress witnessed by most usefully for the telling afterwards both Hugh Moreland and Odo Stevens as perhaps a foretelling of aspects of the secret harmony theme Mrs Erdleigh s enigmatic pronouncements to Pamela the seuence described by Moreland as the Sorceress in the ascendant Lady Widmerpool afflicted the words themselves by Jenkins as cabalistic dialectic her final warning enunciated thusCourt at your peril those spirits that dabble lasciviously with primal matter horrid substances sperm of the world producing monsters and fantastic things as it is written so that the toad this leprous earth eats up the eagleHere things began to coalesce blend together for this reader Mrs Erdleigh herself as seer palm reader medium as well as Dr Trelawny are both types intimately associated with these narrative threads but now have passed beyond the pale and though mentioned in the finale their spirits are not up to the task of providing a living breathing exemplar For this Powell reintroduces the Rev Canon Paul Fenneau the only character I know of that appeared in the first volume at a Sillery tea party in 1924 a bashful undergraduate where Nick catches the Paul but misses his surname and has subseuently vanished from Jenkins life for over forty years now appearing for representation of the type even though with a religious pretext and to play an intermediary s role in the final movements of the dance Fenneau interested in Alchemy mindful of the Philosopher s Stone occultism having the moist dreamy eyes of a medium whose Your servant to an enuiry from Widmerpool is voiced like a djinn rising vaporously from an unsealed bottle And what else is involved in this other worldly narrative skein The power of the Mage Secrets only revealed to the initiate thus secret harmonies Dr Trelawney s role of thaumaturge his and Mrs Erdleigh s view that death no than transition blending synthesis mutation Time itself is woven in by direct reference to the Nicolas Poussin 17th century painting now called Dance to the Music of Time Yes we ve heard that title before haven t we Nick refers to this as a painter s time contrasting it to a writer s time as exemplified in Ariosto s 16th century poem Orlando Furioso which plays as significant a narrative role in this novel as Burton s Anatomy of Melancholy did in Books Do Furnish Significantly Nick mentions the Valley of Lost Things from the poem a location on the moon holding all those things lost by the inhabitants of Earth lost kingdoms lost reputations lost hours lost vows lost love Might we add lost TimeThe title Hearing Secret Harmonies finds its way into both a phrase used by Mrs Erdleigh the liberated soul ascends looking at the sunset towards the west wind and hearing secret harmonies and a disuisition by FenneauAn element of Gnosticism emphasizes the duality of austerity and licence abasement as a source of power also elements akin to the worship of Mithras where the initiate climbed through seven gates or up seven ascending steps imagery of the soul s ascent through the spheres of the Planets as Eugenius Philalethes says hearing secret harmoniesPowell brings the novel and the Dance to a sublime conclusion writing of a bonfire on his property near a uarry that its smoke now brought back that of the workmen s bucket of glowing coke burning outside their shelter thus referencing the second sentence of the Dance eleven novels and hundreds of thousands of words ago and following with a torrential passage Nick s phrase from Burton s Anatomy I hear new news every day of A vast confusion of Now comes tidings of then again as in a new shifted scene Today we hear of Then concludesThe thudding sound of the uarry had declined now to no than a gentle reverberation infinitely remote It ceased altogether at the long drawn wail of a hooter the distant pounding of centaur s hoofs dying away as the last note on the conch trumpeted out over the hyperborean seas Even the formal measure of the Seasons seemed suspended in the wintry silenceThe Grand FinaleFor me Powell s finale to his series is magnificent even transcendent It s the only time in reading many hundreds of pages that tears came to my eyes I might argue that the entire series is worth reading for the sake of this concluding volumeHarmonies Time Lost Things and all the rest woven into an astounding pattern interconnections leading one to and fro back and forth stopping nowhere time suspended then advancing the individual finally dropping out of the dance which yet continues without her younger generations having already filled inAs we dance our way through Time we discover new surprising exciting interpretations of steps already taken without full knowledge of what was involved or being unfolded when we first learned those steps Continually discovering anew for our understanding amusement artistic appreciation sexual and emotional reverberations an always changing blend of each participant s uniue contribution to the music heard differently by everyone ultimately composed by allA Dance to the Music of Time Nicolas Poussin 1635 this title first seen in 1913 various titles used prior to thatAfterward For stat geeks onlyview spoilerHaving traversed Powell s epic series the reader might enjoy the following lists of the most significant characters in the four Seasons of Jenkins narrative and overallSPRINGCharles StringhamKenneth WidmerpoolPeter TemplerJG uigginJean TemplarLawrence Le BasCaptain Giles Jenkins Uncle Giles SilleryRalph BarnbyMark Members SUMMERIsobel TollandWidmerpoolViscount ErridgeHugh MorelandLady Molly JeavonsGeneral Aylmer ConyersTed JeavonsuigginSir Magnus DonnersPeter Templer AUTUMNOdo StevensWidmerpoolStringhamDavid PennistonePriscilla TollandIsobel TollandCaptain Rowland GwatkinMorelandChips LovellCaptain Sunny Farebrother WINTERWidmerpoolX TrapnelPamela FlittonLindsay Books do furnish a room BagshawAda LeintwardineProfessor Russell GwinnettuigginDr Emily BrightmanIsobel TollandMoreland And for the whole seriesFirst tenKenneth WidmerpoolCharles StringhamPeter TemplerSir Magnus DonnersIsobel TollandCaptain Giles Jenkins Uncle Giles Jean TemplerRalph BarnbyJG uigginHugh MorelandSecond TenEdgar DeaconViscount ErridgeSt John ClarkeSilleryMark MembersSunny FarebrotherAmy FoxeBob DuportLawrence Le BasGypsy JonesLady Molly Jeavons hide spoiler

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Read Û Hearing Secret Harmonies ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF characters ñ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Anthony Powell Free read Hearing Secret Harmonies The final novel in Anthony Powell's brilliant twelve novel seuence A Dance to the Music of TimeDiscov. Such a long journey We first met Nick Jenkins in school as a teenager with a keen interest in the affairs of others and a rather reclusive shy temperament Now he is in his late sixties and hopefully he has some wisdom to impart from all the events he witnessed from all the people he has met and from all the books he has read or written Two compensations for growing old are worth putting on record as the condition asserts itself The first is a vantage point gained for acuiring embellishments to narratives that have been unfolding for years beside one s own trimmings that can even appear to supply the conclusion of a given story though finality is never certain a dimension always possible to add The other mild advantage endorses a keener perception for the authenticities of mythology not only of the traditional sort but when such are any good the latterday mythologies of poetry and the novel The whole journey is allegorically portrayed as a Dance the actors coming in and out of focus to the tune of a melody only they can hear Careful observation might reveal recurring patterns and familiar faces but the important thing is that the Dance is eternal New players come in as old friends depart Fancy new steps are claimed by a younger generation who unwittingly are repeating the same moves that were popular in their grandfather s timesCase in point The first chapter introduces a new character that will be central to the events unfolding in this last volume His assumed name is Scorpio Murtlock and he is the self appointed guru of a new sect that seeks communion with the higher spheres of existence a harmonious life and a revival of pagan rites and beliefs Since one of his adepts is Fiona Cutts a relative of Nick s wife Isobel Murtlock and his gang come to visit Jenkins at his country retreat there to reenact some humorous scenes and dialogues from his childhood encounter with another guru a Dr Trelawney How are we going to bring off an act of Harmony on a Saturday afternoon Through the Elements What elements Fire Air Earth Water In practical terms the project devolves into a leisurely crayfish trapping But since Nick is in a contemplative mood the whole opening scene is infused with portents and whimsical fancy reiterating the closing verse of the penultimate episode a uote from Thomas Vaughan about the liberated soul ascending looking at the sunset towards the west wind and hearing secret harmoniesJenkins is watching a flight of ducks forming their customary arrow across the sunset clouds and draws connections between Roman auguries military tactics and the coming winter of his soul the end of all seasons What message do the birds foretell If you haven t noticed until now our narrator is a bit of a snob and finally he gets to acknowledge this less savoury aspect of his personality throwing obscure words vaticinatory and literary allusions at the young hippies when he gets vexed by their smug appropriation of mystical powers One had to fight back Murtlock made no comment I hoped the uotation had floored him Side note the reader is advised to be patient The younger generation has its own way of getting back at the pompous elders view spoiler throwing paint at Widmerpool and stinkbombs at official dinners hide spoiler

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Read Û Hearing Secret Harmonies ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF characters ñ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Anthony Powell Free read Hearing Secret Harmonies Nthony Powell Dancing to the Music of Time – available now in hardback and ebook from Hamish Hamilt. Obviously I m going to chew on this last book for a bit and try and roll the whole thing up Powell reminds me of one of those extreme runners Those masochists who seem to enjoy running 50 100 or miles The amazing things about writing 12 novels that are together nearly 3000 pages and written over 24 years 1951 1971 is how uniform these books are I m not saying uniform in a boring way I m just saying there isn t a real weak link in them They are beautifully constructed I think of big canvasses like the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel Certainly with such a big canvas the risk of a disappointing section or segment isn t linear A big book with pieces and pages comes with an exponentially growing level or risk Powell just didn t have a shitty two years anywhere in that 24 years