An epic of the lives of a group of British men who went to the same school in the 1920's, with the main character, Nicholas Jenkins, played by James Purefoy (Rome). For the next forty years we see how each character drifts in/out of Jenkins' life; who gets divorced, who sleeps with a different wife, who drinks too much, etc. Through the Depression, WWII, the Cold War and the wild 1960's, Jenkins moves through the dance of life, faithful to his wife and children. Human frailties are exposed in all their rawness.
Didn't like the choppy time progression (i.e. the 1930's). It was alright during WWII because there were historical dates pointed out (Hitler invades Poland) but once it got past the war it drifted until the 1963 literary award presentation.