Circles of Time

  • Title: Circles of Time
  • Author: Phillip Rock
  • ISBN: 9780062229335
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • Circles of Time A generation has been lost on the Western Front The dead have been buried a harsh peace forged and the howl of shells replaced by the wail of saxophones as the Jazz Age begins But ghosts linger that
    A generation has been lost on the Western Front The dead have been buried, a harsh peace forged, and the howl of shells replaced by the wail of saxophones as the Jazz Age begins But ghosts linger that long ago golden summer of 1914 tugging at the memory of Martin Rilke and his British cousins, the Grevilles.From the countess to the chauffeur, the inhabitants of AbingdonA generation has been lost on the Western Front The dead have been buried, a harsh peace forged, and the howl of shells replaced by the wail of saxophones as the Jazz Age begins But ghosts linger that long ago golden summer of 1914 tugging at the memory of Martin Rilke and his British cousins, the Grevilles.From the countess to the chauffeur, the inhabitants of Abingdon Pryory seek to forget the past and adjust their lives to a new era in which old values, social codes, and sexual s have been irretrievably swept away Martin Rilke throws himself into reporting, discovering unsettling political currents, as Fenton Wood Lacy faces exile in faraway army outposts Back at Abingdon, Charles Greville shows signs of recovery from shell shock and Alexandra is caught up in an unlikely romance Circles of Time captures the age as these strongly drawn characters experience it, unfolding against England s most gracious manor house, the steamy nightclubs of London s Soho, and the despair of Germany caught in the nightmare of anarchy and inflation Lives are renewed, new loves found, and a future of peace and happiness is glimpsed for the moment.

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    About Phillip Rock


    1. Phillip George Rock was born in Los Angeles on 30 July 1927 He grew up in Beverly Hills and England, returned to America in 1940, and served in the U.S Navy towards the end of World War II His first on screen credit was for Escape from Fort Bravo 1953 , directed by John Sturges and starring William Holden and Eleanor Parker Rock then concentrated on writing novels and, in 1967, published his first The Extraordinary SeamanM adapted The Extraordinary Seaman to the big screen in 1969 The film was poorly received and Rock is said to have vowed never to have another of his books made into a movie Instead, Rock reversed the process and wrote a number of film novelizations for Popular Library and Bantam before turning again to writing novels Rock wrote a trilogy of novels The Passing Bells, Circles of Time, and A Future Arrived which followed the lives of the Stans of Abbingdo, an English family whose history Rock charted from the days of World War I to the Jazz era The first novel was a Book of the Month Club alternate selection.Rock died in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, on 3 April 2004, aged 76, of complications from cancer He was survived by his son, Kevin, and two grandchildren.


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    1. Circles in Time begins in 1921, continuing the story of American journalist Martin Rilke and the Grevilles of Abingdon Pryory. The Great War might be over, although not everyone came home (sniff!). The world as they knew it is forever changed, social barriers between the elite and the working class are breaking down. The great estates are suffering from years of neglect, and even if one does have the money to restore them, where do you get the staff to keep them running? I really don't want to g [...]

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    2. THis is the second book of the Passing Bells series.This is the story of Martin Rilke, a Chicago journalist and his British cousins, the Greevilles, who live in Abingdon Pryory.After the end of World War I, some characters must face their beloved lost during the Great War as well as to recover from acute shell shock.A momentary feeling of peace and happiness occurs but the economical and political German situation doesn't bring the expected optimism: the inflation is quite high, there is lack of [...]

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    3. Sequels are a tricky business, I think. They are either a delight to read, just like catching up with old friends, or they are a disappointment. Circles of Time by Phillip Rock follows on from The Passing Bells, a book I read last spring and completely fell in love with. The books tell the story of the aristocratic Greville family; the earl and countess of Stanmore, their children Charles, William and Alexandra; several family friends including the Wood-Lacys; their staff and finally the countes [...]

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    4. While the "war to end all wars" came to its official conclusion in 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, two years later the effect of that devastating conflict is still to be found rippling through the lives of the survivors. American Martin Rilke, who gained worldwide acclaim for his dispatches from the frontlines, returns to London to work as a news bureau chief -- but leaves a piece of his heart buried forever in a Flanders grave. His Greville cousins have their own wartime scar [...]

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    5. After re-discovering The Passing Bells – after a thirty year estrangement – I was thrilled to learn there were two more books in the Greville Family Saga. Originally published between 1978 – 1986, this welcome reissue of the trilogy by William Morrow Books is just in time for fans of the popular television series Downton Abbey to plunge back into the era between the wars and cocoon themselves in history, drama and romance.Set in England during 1921 – 1923, Circles of Time opens two years [...]

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    6. For fans of Downton Abbey going through withdrawal, the rerelease of Phillip Rock's Abingdon Pryory trilogy is a welcome relief. The first novel, The Passing Bells, introduced us to the Greville family, owners of Abingdon Pryory, which is very similar to Downton. Sir Anthony has the title and his German-American wife Hannah has the money.The first novel took us deep into WWI- the politics of war, the horrors of the fighting, the loss of vibrant young men and women. The second novel, Circles of T [...]

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    7. I really haven't been able to breath since starting these books, the three novels that make up Philip Rock's Passing Bells trilogy. I am in serious love.  (See my review of the first book for the start of my swooning fit.)This book has a much tighter time span -- 1921 to 1923 -- and starts a year after the first book ends. Life in Britain has changed: the 'Jazz Age' has dawned, and the public starts to accept a more open discussion of the events of World War I. Rock covers an array of details i [...]

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    8. Another Greville book done and I'm still in awe of this series. I didn't quite love the 2nd book as much as the first, but it's still very much a 5 star book. As a Downton Abbey fan, I keep reading this and saying, "Good lord, were the creators of Downtown inspired by the Grevilles?" It certainly seems that way. But I wouldn't say this book smacks of Downton was around well before, and is so, so much better.I love the characters in this series. From the Grevilles to Fenton to Martin to Rossevery [...]

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    9. I picked this book up at a second hand book store because of the cover picture and back cover description. I ave a fascination in the Great War and World War 2 and the description made it evident that the era between these wars would provide the subject matter of the book. The front cover says: " A new chapter in the unforgettable saga that began with the national best-seller THE PASSING BELLS" Clearly this book was the second in a series and I usually hesitate to start a series part way through [...]

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    10. In volume two of a trilogy, the aftermath of World War I is explored as our characters move through a changing world order and the end of an era in Great Britain of the great morality and and the order of wealthy and titled. Here we also get a glimpse at the Weimar Republic and the beginnings of the rise in Nazism.A enjoyable historical novel. With this written so many years ago I find that these first two books were a road map for the writers of Downton Abbey.

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    11. Even better than book 1, particularly in its depiction of Germany between the two world wars. I enjoyed seeing the adult lives of the Greville siblings and the continuing story of their American cousin, Martin Rilke.

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    12. Fantastic read - this was written in the early 80s and the writing is spare and the characters are deeply developed - my favorite type of novel. Can't wait for the third book in the trilogy but must read Z (Zelda Fitzgerald) first for a book club.

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    13. Es ist schlicht nicht meins und gefühlt passiert echt wenig, aber irgendwie liest es sich ja doch ganz gut weg. ^^

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    14. Due to some complications with the shipping of the second and third books in this series, my tour dates got pushed back. As such it has been over a month since I read The Passing Bells. That's enough time for a lot of the little details to go rushing out of my head. Thankfully, who was who came back quite quickly. Circles of Time is just as enjoyable, both from a family drama perspective and a historical perspective as the first book in the series.Fiction set during WWI and WWII abounds, but the [...]

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    15. The war to end all wars has finally come to an end and with it comes great change. For the Grevilles, though, it does mean something of a return to normalcy: Abingdon Pryory will soon be returned to its former glory and Lord Stanmore is anxious to return to the country estate. Alexandra, now widowed and with a young son in tow, has returned from overseas but there's tension between her and her father. Charles also has returned and is showing marked improvement. Meanwhile, Martin has taken a posi [...]

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    16. Circles of Time is the second book in The Passing Bells Trilogy. This book picks up a few years after the end of WWI as each of the characters the reader met in the first book struggles to adjust to life in a world turned upside down by a war that killed millions.Abingdon Pryory is being rebuilt by Lord Greville exactly as it was before the war. He plans to move back there once the renovations are done despite the fact that Lady Greville does not seem as anxious to move back to the country and t [...]

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    17. Circles of Time, the second novel in Phillip Rock's "Passing Bells" series, brings us back to the Greville family and their life post WWI. The world is evolving and great change is coming, yet the Earl of Stanmore wishes for the simpler times of the past. Charles, the Earl's first born son and heir to the family estate, is suffering from severe PTSD that has caused him to withdraw and become noncommunicable. Hidden away in home up in Wales it becomes easy for the rest of the Greville family to p [...]

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    18. This novel follows the main characters of the series in the years 1921-23. It begins with a shock. Ivy Thaxton Rilke died in the last gasps of the war. Martin Rilke is finally putting his life on track, and he is at the pinnacle of his career. Charles Greville is still locked away and Fenton Wood-Lacy is having to face the dire consequences of his actions at the end of The Passing Bells. Alexandra is back in England with a baby son and William Greville and his parents are not adjusting well to t [...]

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    19. Circles of Time is the sequel to The Passing Bells. I have to say that I like this book just as much, if not more, than the first. The war is over and now begins the reconstruction not only of building, but also of lives. "The horizons have been expanded" in every direction. The line that divided the classes no longer existed. This is one of the major themes of this book: Exploring this new age. Once again the book focuses on Martin. He's from Chicago, but spent many years during the war as a jo [...]

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    20. Having enjoyed The Passing Bells, I was excited to read Circles of Time and wasn't surprised to find out that I enjoyed it even more than the first book. In the aftermath of the first world war the individual thoughts and motives of the characters deepened and my appreciation for them as unique people grew. I especially delighted in the nurturing yet unapologetic Winifred Wood-Lacy - woman, mother, pacifist, soldier's wife. The heavy backdrop of war and death, present in the first novel, was swa [...]

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    21. Oh how I love this series!My one issue with the first book was that it started a little too slowly but definitely wasn't a problem with this one. It was right into the action, life going on after the war and things getting more normal. Or well new normal, I guess.I'm not even sure what to say about this book that I didn't say about the first one. The brilliance of it is the ensemble of characters and all the ways it shows the different ways people are moving on and recovering after the war. Ther [...]

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    22. The second in the fabulous Abingdon Pryory series written in the 1980's. Downton Abby's primary source, for certain, there is even a chauffeur who transcends his station to marry one of the family's daughters. This volume mainly tells the tale of American reporter cousin Martin Rilke who writes a scathing tell all about life in the trenches during the war that has just ended (and which most are trying to forget) and bad leadership in the British army that cost lives. He answers for that with los [...]

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    23. I enjoyed this installment more than the first in the series! In >Circles of Time, we follow the Grevilles and their relations through the first three years of the Roaring Twenties, ending with the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. I still found that events moved quickly - for instance Alexandra's sudden romance with Jamie (which I enjoyed - much better suited for her than dreadful Noel!) where she was suddenly moving to the US and having a baby, both which were mentioned in passing! I did find the book [...]

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    24. this was a good coda to the lives of the people we met in The Passing Bells. Everyone finds their own way to cope with the horrors of the war, and everyone gets a happy ending.Though it's the last part that irritated me; when you have a large group of characters, why is everyone happy and rich at the end? It felt like each group had been blessed with the authorial fairy wand of being able to observe the torments of the world, but not be harmed by them. It gave the story a very off feel by the en [...]

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    25. The second book in the Passing Bells series is just as good as the first! It continues the story of the aristocratic Greville family and their family and friends in post-WW1 Britain. They like the rest of of British society are struggling with all the changes in the modern Britain in industry, society and politics. Rock writes with engaged prose and makes even the dryer passages enthralling. who knew I could be interested in British military strategy in 1920s Iraq? The characters are smart and i [...]

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    26. It was fun to return to the Passing Bells characters and see where life took them next! I did not love this sequel as much as I had loved the original, but it was still a solid historical fiction read. I really enjoy reading about Martin and his experiences with reporting during and after WWI and I thought his experiences in Germany were compelling in this book. I did find some of the drama in Circles of Time to be a bit unbelievable although I suppose the drama in Downton Abbey is sometimes a b [...]

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    27. This is the 2nd book in the Greville family saga, billed as being similar to Downton Abbey in timeframe and addressing class issues. I liked this one better than the 1st book in the series. In the first book, I commented that I didn't like the characters. But the ones who have survived to the 2nd book are the nicer ones, so that's better. This books ends with Hitler's 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. There is one more book in this series, which I'm guessing will deal with the rising Nazi movement. Not a b [...]

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    28. As I watched the first season of Downtown Abbey, I turned to my husband on more than one occasion and said "hmm, this seems lifted from 'Passing Bells' - a book I'd read, loved and lost in the early 90s and my husband tracked down for me in hardcover. One of my fav comfort reads. Needless to say, I was thrilled to read the sequel (and even more amazed to find out that part of the story moved to my very not British hometown). And, like so many sequels, it didn't have the punch of the first story. [...]

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    29. The Abington Pryory saga continues! The story picks up shortly after WWI, and finds each of our characters recovering form the war in different ways. Life has significantly changed, and the old world of parties, servants, and defined class roles are gone. As the younger generation begins to change daily life, the older one starts to, reluctantly, adapt to this new way of thinking. The depth of despair and ruin of Germany is explored - and knowing the fate of the country comes as no surprise. Lov [...]

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    30. The family of Grevilles are rebuilding the family home after the home has been occupied during the war. The family has one son who has been in a shell shocked state and is in a hospital, their daughter is now home after a marriage and death of her husband and has a young son but this daughter is not in favor with her father who disapproved of the marriage. Different eras and different times when upper class still rules but changes are about to happen. The one son finally comes home and another s [...]

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