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FIFTH AND FINAL BOOK IN A LANDMARK SERIES.,
This review is from: All Change (Cazalet Chronicles) (Hardcover)
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To gain full enjoyment out of this book you do need to have read the previous four
Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard.
This volume opens with the death of the Duchy. It is 1956 and with the passing of the
old lady the life of privelege found in the earlier chronicles comes to an end also.
The author does a brilliant job of bringing the reader up to speed with past
histories without holding up the continuing story.
In this post-war world, the family finds itself facing the challenges of a changing
world and economic climate, and are dealing with an uncertain future. This is a
new world, where financial securities of the past are jeopardised. Prosperity of
the family buisness can longer be guaranteed, consequently bold decisions have to
be taken concerning the fate of the beautiful country house which was the setting
of so many idyllic summers and Christmases in the past.
E J Howard draws the reader in fully and convincingly, so you feel involved in these characters
lives and care deeply about them. Howard's strength is bringing alive historical
detail and brings into play social, cultural and economic changes and how they impact
on the day to day lives of individuals.
This is a book reflecting on change in all its forms and nostalgic though it is - the
harshness of modern times and events do reflect the life of the author herself who at
the age of ninety has written an engaging and powerful closing chapter of the Cazalet
chronicles - a gem of a book.
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Initial post: 25 Jan 2014 17:55:44 GMT
Read the first four on a Caribbean cruise...found it hard work at first getting to grips with who was who, but gradually I became Hooked...as I was born late 30's I identified with so much of the historical events that I was delighted with the stories I went from one to another without a break...on my last day I downloaded the 5th and cant wait to read it...am so sad that the author has passed away but what a lovely legacy to leave behind. Jokatrina
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2014 11:32:18 GMT
Mrs. C. Swarfield says:
I completely agree - I also read the first three on a cruise and could not wait to read the fourth and fifth, the author was 90 when she wrote the last one - I am glad you enjoyed them as much as I did. Christine.
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