Clockwise counting 24/50: Anthony Powell - The Acceptance World (1955) This is the third novel in the epic series of 12 novels collectively called A Dance To the Music of Time. I read the first two novels a couple of years ago and then got distracted with other stuff. Now getting back to Powell's masterpiece, I find that the narrative has gathered pace and the youngsters from the first two books are well into their late 20s. The series covers a span of 50 years of English upper class and (upper) middle class history and after the first 3 novels we have moved from the 1920s to the early 1930s. We are following Nick Jenkins, the narrator, and his three school friends Stringham, Templer and Windermoor as they grow into adulthood in an England between the wars. Excellent character studies and humorous descriptions of a leftist intelligentsia, a blasé and world-weary upper class and complex human relations. This is very very good but due to the 12-volume challenge also a major undertaking! The whole series is counted as one in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Similar to Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time to which Powell's saga has also been compared. I think I'll get to Proust after I am done with Powell.