The Light Years

The Light Years

Paperback - 2013
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Home Place, Sussex, 1937. The English family at home . . . For two unforgettable summers they gathered together, safe from the advancing storm clouds of war. In the heart of the Sussex countryside these were still sunlit days of childish games, lavish family meals and picnics on the beach. Three generations of the Cazalet family. Their relatives, their children and their servants - and the fascinating triangle of their affairs . . . The Light Years is the first volume in The Cazalet Chronicles. The next novel in the series is Marking Time.
Publisher: London : Pan Books, c2013
ISBN: 9780330323154
Branch Call Number: FIC HOW
FIC HOW
Characteristics: 418 p. ; 20 cm

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Einer2
Jul 13, 2017

Agree that until at least halfway through the book I had trouble keeping up with the characters , but as a fan of Downtown Abby I loved the look at the absurd life of this era in England. Will try to read the next before I forget who's who!

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marthabwaters
Jun 03, 2015

This is a sprawling family saga set in the late 1930s, focusing on three generations of a wealthy family, the Cazalets. It's probably a good rec for Downton Abbey fans, and a good readalike for fans of Penny Vincenzi's Spoils of Time trilogy, but, while I enjoyed this and thought it was pretty good, I thought it had a couple of problems. First of all, it has so many characters that it loses focus - it's hard to keep the characters straight, and the author would have been better served by focusing on just a few. Secondly, the wide focus means that several storylines are taken up and then abandoned without explanation -- although it IS the first in a series, so that might resolve itself later on. It's an enjoyable, light summer read, and I'm hoping that reading further volumes will resolve some of my lingering issues with it, as I know this series is rather beloved in the UK.

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