Books: Powell's Piano Concertos

THE MILITARY PHILOSOPHERS by Anthony Powell. 244 pages. Little, Brown. $4.95.

Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time, a serial novel issued in fairly regular installments for more than 18 years, can now be seen for what it is: a great prose composition in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Powell invites his dedicated (though still small) readership to think of his work in musical terms. The descriptive form that suggests itself for his nine novels is a series of piano concertos with variations on a single...

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