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Where ignorance is bliss,
This review is from: All Change (The Cazalet Chronicle Book 5) (Kindle Edition)
"Where ignorance is bliss tis a folly to be wise "they say.
Thats how I feel about this book .
Once I finished it I wished I'd left the Cazalet's in the late 1940's where there was hope and I could imagine them going along much as they always had.
I found this fifth instalment of the fabulous Cazalet's a dreary and quite depressing read.
Some of the characters seem to have had a total personality change, Archie and Simon for instance.
Nevile although he was a horrible child had some endearing traits the older Nevile was devoid of any of these and his storyline was quite frankly ridiculous
I really didnt want to read about the family being older and somewhat diminished, as they face death, infirmity and bankruptcy.
There was one death in particular we could have been spared
The writing wasn't as sharp of finely crafted as the previous four chronicles it was as though someone had written it, I found it courser and not at all like the great author I know so well.
I understand that Ms Howard was 90 years old when she wrote this and was very sad to hear of her death recently.
I felt in this book her heart just wasnt in it. Some reviewers commented on the inaccuracies in the timeline especially regarding Simon, this for me although annoying was not the book's biggest crime,
The whole book had a lack hope and I felt the family I had loved for so long with nothing much to look forward to.
I finished the book because one I had started it I had to finish, I think the Cazalets were not good in the 1950's and should have stayed where the were at the end of Casting Off