Books: The War of Total Paper

THE SOLDIER'S ART by Anthony Powell. 228 pages. Little, Brown. $4.95.

When the time comes for the historian to get the sense of what life was like for the British between and during the two big wars, he will be better off turning to fiction than to journalism. Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honor trilogy will serve for a start. For a finish, he can wrap up the whole era with Anthony Powell's incalculably brilliant series, The Music of Time. In The Soldier's Art, the eighth novel in this marathon enterprise,* Powell, now 61, brings his...

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