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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable ending, 26 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: All Change: Cazalet Chronicles Book 5 (The Cazalet Chronicle) (Kindle Edition)
Having partially seen the BBC adaptation of the Cazalet Chronicles, I devoured the first 4 books in the series with great enjoyment. They are a superior family saga (I thought of the Forsyte Saga and a little bit of the Whiteoaks series - both very popular in their day). It could be a soap opera of the upper middle classes but the gentle but sharp observations, the excellent descriptions and the clarity of the writing (meaning that although the cast of characters is huge, I can generally sort them out without too much resorting to the family tree) lifts it up a level.

I was thrilled, like many, to see a 5th book was coming out, and pre-ordered it on Kindle. With a gap of a couple of years since reading Casting Off, I did wonder if I ought to re-read this in order to get to grips with the characters again, but I found the intro, family trees and catch-up sections more than adequate. Some sharp eyed reviewers have spotted editorial and continuity glitches, but I have to say, I just wallowed, and only one thing had me wondering if I was wrong, or if this contradicted the earlier books. E J Howard does wonderful observations of children - they really leap off the page in all their varied awfulness, and the memory of having to have one plain slice of bread and butter at tea before being allowed anything with jam on, or any biscuit and cake, was a blast from the past from my own childhood. As the author is 90, it's unlikely there will be further episodes, but the ending, although tying up most loose ends, was not totally final, and you never know. I was aware they were semi-autobiographical, but having just started Slipstream, I am now aware just how closely they mirrored the author's own family & experiences.
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