I saw this beautiful set at the used bookstore today—but I didn’t take it home. A Dance to the Music of Time has been on my to-read list since college. The volume is daunting and intimidating. I feel weak to tackle it at least for now. One of his famous quotes is “Books do furnish a room.” The universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. The First Movement opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art. Some readers call Powell the English Proust. Others say the whole series is about manner. My fear is that it’s only when you’ve got many hundreds of pages into the series that it starts coming together. So patience is golden.