- Audio CD
- Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Feb. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0754054888
- ISBN-13: 978-0754054887
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 18 x 4.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (365 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,990,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Light Years: Complete & Unabridged Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Feb 2002
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'Vivid and compulsively readable' Sunday Telegraph; 'A superb novel... strangely hypnotic... very funny... surpasses even the best of what Elizabeth Jane Howard has written' The Spectator; 'The creation of a vanished historical world... engrossing' Village Voice --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'A superb novel ... strangely hypnotic ... very funny ... surpasses even the best of what Elizabeth Jane Howard has written.' (The Spectator)
'Vivid and compulsively readable.' (The Sunday Telegraph) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Elizabeth Jane Howard gives a detailed and often touching insight into lives where servants provide breakfast, drive 'one' to the office, and nanny and governess are accepted within the household, although their social ( lack of status) is clearly defined. It's a time of uncertainty as war clouds gather over Europe and the Cazalet children provide an interesting insight into the moral complexities of war and socialism. The Brig and The Duchy, as familial patriarch and matriarch, are an interesting counterpart to changing conventions. Along with daughter Rachel, who's bound by familial duty, but yearning to explore an alternative lifestyle, the microcosm of life is complete.
I like the way the story builds, very slowly as the reader is introduced to both the time and the people. There's a very strong sense of individuals as each character is introduced and developed. Often amusing, always interesting, there's a sudden darkness when much darker issues are explored. Familial abuse creeps in, along with adultery, same sex attraction, deceit and a whole range of family conflicts bubbling away beneath the surface.
This book is very much a snapshot of time, people and place, with all the associated moral conventions and challenges. I particularly enjoyed the humour, always understated, but adding a depth to the characters. The governess is a masterpiece in depiction of type. Absolutely captivated from start to finish and I'm looking forward to the later books in the series.
However back to this fantastic book according to my mum who is relaying the book to me word by word and now I'm going to steal it from her.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was the first book I had read by this author and based on this I sadly will not be reading any others. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sussex bookworm
a complete waste of paper its like reading an Enid Blyton without the lashings of ginger beer. How many times can you write that someone took a bath? DreadfulPublished 2 months ago by mrs frost