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The Light Years: Complete & Unabridged Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Feb 2002

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  • 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)
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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.

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'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.

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The first book in a series about the Cazalet family is a formidable achievement. It's a sweeping narrative about what may be best described as an upper middle class family in the years just before WW2. It's an evocative account of people, largely blessed by fortune and favour, whose views represent a select few from that time. The Cazalet sons are blessed by family connections, but scarred by war and apparently untouched by some social conventions.

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.
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The first book ‘The Light Years’ in The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard introduces the upper middle class English Cazalet family and starts the late 1930’s is a hugely enjoyable read. The large sprawling Cazalet family and the supporting cast of friends and servants are all believable rounded characters - not all stereotypically formed, having good and bad characteristics, tone changes from comical to at times heartbreakingly sad. The generation that have survived WWI are shown to be carrying the weight of that war with them. The different generations bring their different points of view to the understanding of what is going on and some of the social and political problems of the time. The book is imposible to read without referring back to the family tree. The converations of the children trying to understand the complex lives of adults and mostly adults behaving in a way and with the freedon that only people with money can behave - that is that they have the safety of money to fall back on.
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Quite delightful. Elizabeth Howard was such a student of human nature. Here is the first book of the Cazalet saga - a big sprawling family of three generations heading towards the second world war concerned with such things as extra-marital affairs, when to bottle the plums, and how to persuade the grown ups to take them to the beach for swimming. But, as we all know, life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. And the world includes the Cazalets in its plans, whether they want to be included or not. All of life is here.
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I brought this for a mothers day gift this year, I know, how wonderful am I? :] And now she hardly notices I'm in the house, if only I brought this when I was a teenager I might have got away with a lot more!
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.
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I love these stories by Elizabeth Jane Howard. This is the first volume of a bygone age before the 2nd world war. I have read the book but now can listen to this audio book.
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As with my other reviews of the Cazalet novels, love this! Family saga charting before, during and after WW2 from the female characters' perspective which is really interesting.
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the first chronicle gives a very clear insight into the lives of upper middle class families, their concerns, their children and how they treat staff. I have read the following three chronicles and thoroughly enjoyed them.
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Quite a nice book but glad to get to the end and I wont be buying any more by Elizabth Jane Howard
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