All Change

All Change

eBook - 2016
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Written twenty years after the publication of Casting Off, the final volume of the Cazalet Chronicles begins in 1956 when the death of the family matriarch brings the scattered members of the extended clan back together The death of eighty-nine-year-old matriarch Kitty "the Duchy" Cazalet marks the end of an era-and the commencement of great change for the family. The long, difficult marriage of second son Edward to Villy has ended in divorce and Edward is contemplating wedlock with his longtime mistress, Diana. Hugh, the eldest son, wounded in the Great War and haunted by the death of his wife, Sybil, has finally found happiness with Jemima Leaf. Rupert, the youngest, who was missing-in-action during World War II, is now committed to rebuilding his relationship with his wife, Zoe. Rachel, who has spent a lifetime looking after others, has the chance to finally live for herself-even as she's faced with the loss of all she cherishes most. And Home Place, the beloved Sussex estate where the Cazalets have gathered for years, is now a beloved relic that, with its faded wallpaper and leaky roof, has aged along with its occupants, including faithful servants like Mrs. Cripps, Mr. Tonbridge, and former governess Miss Milliment, now steadfast companion to Villy. Elizabeth Jane Howard's critically acclaimed family saga comes to its conclusion as the Cazalets reflect on their past and begin the inexorable move forward.
Publisher: [United States] : Open Road Media : Made available through hoopla, 2016
ISBN: 9781504034951
1504034953
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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FVReader1
Jul 26, 2018

I'm sorry to come to the end of the Cazalet series.
That said, this book made a few changes and omissions that didn't sit well with me.
As in all the books, the title says it all. This book is all about change. The times have changed, the economic situation of the Cazalets have changed (foreseen in a previous book; the war changed the structure of Society), their futures are uncertain. The kids lead a very different lifestyle than they were brought up in. Times change.
I'm sad for this family. I'm glad I got to know them but wish this had ended with Voumel 4 or continued to Volume 6, giving us a more definitive ending to the characters's stories.
So many loose ends.

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jazpur
Jan 05, 2014

I have the Duchess of Cornwall to thank for reminding me about author Elizabeth Jane Howard when she took one of her books in the Cazalet Chronicles away on holiday last year.All Change, number 5 in the series, is very much a case of 'Once more with Feeling'. I'm so glad that Elizabeth Jane Howard at 90 still had another round of stories about the Cazalets to tell. Ideal holiday reading and very much enjoyed.I hope the Duchess received an advance copy.

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