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4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable as always, but badly edited, 9 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: All Change (The Cazalet Chronicle Book 5) (Kindle Edition)
The Cazalet novels are modern classics, and I was so looking forward to this slightly unexpected bonus.

In the really important ways I wasn't disappointed. Howard is masterly at representing real life through the prism of fiction, it's high points and dull realities, pleasures and pains.

However (as another reviewer has said) there is the glaring error that it was Hugh's son William's twin who died at birth, not Simon's. Yet more than that, facts presented in the four previous novels have been altered. Simon was not told that his mother Sybil died by his Headmaster; he was brought home from school in time to say goodbye, when she was still conscious, a fact that upset his sister Polly who was only taken in to see her when she wasn't. In CASTING OFF Simon was also a success at University and set to be a doctor, confident and sure of his place in the world. This is not reflected in this book at all.

It makes me wonder how well the current editor actually knew the quartet of previous books. That grouch over, I loved the novel.
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2013 12:44:32 GMT
Penny Lane says:
Yes and yes! I am only about a third of the way through the book having loved the Chronicles and read them numerous times. There are various parts which seem inaccurate -
Didn't Louise have dark hair? EJH keeps referring to her 'red gold hair' in All Change
Did Lydia really join a group of actors exactly like Louise?
Simon did not have a twin who died - Wills did
The description of slippers like broad beans has definitely been used more than once in previous novels
Georgie seems to be exactly like Neville as a boy and equally the lost nature of Simon seems to be mirroring Christopher in the past books - particularly his admiration of Polly

These things are all annoying me!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2013 17:29:22 GMT
Hi there,

I did think that Lydia would turn out to be an actress, but feel that Louise would be hugely envious that her sister had succeeded where she failed, and this isn't touched on at all. Dark hair for Louise, yes.
I also thought Neville and Lydia might marry, or at least remain friends, but no...

I could have written a lot more but don't want to be too grudging as after all, EJH is 90!

Posted on 22 Nov 2013 12:34:15 GMT
Cornwallgurl says:
Gosh, well spotted with the inconsistencies. It's a couple of years since I read CASTING OFF and did consider re-reading it before starting on this unexpected bonus. However, was anxious to get going, but did find myself wondering a couple of times. Still enjoyable though, and if I can write as well when I'm 90 I'll not be complaining.

Posted on 24 Dec 2013 14:10:13 GMT
S. Kroon says:
yes, I agree that there were a lot of inaccuracies in the book. I spotted another one. Near the end of the book, Simon has a homosexual relationship with a boy whose father had been an Italian prisoner in the war. He married after the war, so this boy would have been max. 13 years old in 1958. Not very likely, Simon is not portrayed as a pedophile.
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