Confusion (Cazalet Chronicle #3)

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(3rd in "The Cazalet Chronicle" series)

The third volume of the Cazalets' family saga opens with Sybil's daughter Polly and Polly's cousin Clary, leaving Home Place for London, where Archie Lestrange, an old family friend keeps an eye on them -- too close an eye, for it leads to infatuation. Sybil was always stable and centered. Her death sets the children adrift -- and their lives show it -- in a sense mirroring the turmoil of war and its impact on everyone to touches. As CONFUSION moves through the dark, middle...

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Overview

(3rd in "The Cazalet Chronicle" series)

The third volume of the Cazalets' family saga opens with Sybil's daughter Polly and Polly's cousin Clary, leaving Home Place for London, where Archie Lestrange, an old family friend keeps an eye on them -- too close an eye, for it leads to infatuation. Sybil was always stable and centered. Her death sets the children adrift -- and their lives show it -- in a sense mirroring the turmoil of war and its impact on everyone to touches. As CONFUSION moves through the dark, middle days of the war to VE Day, the characters we have come to know, to love and admire find the turmoil of the times reflected in the chaos of their lives. The question remains, "Will war's end bring peace and tranquility to this family?"

"Lush, sprawling escapist fiction of the first order." (Publishers Weekly)

The third entry in Howard's magnificent trio of novels takes the Cazalets from the dark, middle period of World War II to VE Day, May 8, 1945. The characters--including beautiful Zoe, philandering Edward, and passionate, troubled Louise--find the turmoil of those long, somber days echoed in the inner chaos of their own lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With great historical accuracy, this second installment in the Cazalet Chronicle follows The Light Years . (Mar.)
Library Journal
In 1937 the three Cazelet brothers gather their respective families and head for the family manse in the heart of Sussex for their annual summer holiday. Howard is expert at creating detailed physical environments for her characters, habitats that often reveal just as much about the Cazelets as their words or actions do. The publisher compares The Light Years to Rosamund Pilcher's recent best seller The Shell Seekers (LJ 1/88), but the characters on the whole lack the passion, warmth, and depth of feeling of Pilcher's. Howard's family saga is well written, however; she has considerable literary talent. A sequel concentrating on the interesting scions of the Cazelet dynasty would be welcome. Recommended.-- Lydia Bur ruel Johnson, Mesa P.L., Ariz.
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This sequel to the acclaimed novel, The Light Years, continues the story of the Cazelet family, now on the brink of World War II. The three girls, Louise, Polly, and Clary, are immersed in good times and the relative safety of peace in England, until the war hits home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671527969
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Series: Cazalet Chronicle Series , #3
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 720,978
  • Product dimensions: 0.79 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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