Posted on The Millions blog, Seven Reasons to Read A Dance to the Music of Time, by Marjorie Hakala. Thanks to the AP List.
Late in life, I've discovered an appetite for monumental works of fiction. I recently finishedWar and Peace, at 1200+ pages. But my longest non-series read has to be Anthony Powell's Dance, at twelve volumes. As I approach 60, I have begun to appreciate how choices and consequences play out over decades, all the time receding into the past, while a new cohort mounts the stage and we look on, older and wiser.
These works take some patience to get into. Dance, War and Peace, or Trollope's Barsetshire Chronicles, to which I am returning now, need a book or three just to set the characters in motion. But after that, A Dance to the Music of Time is nectar.