Marking Time (Cazalet Chronicle #2)

Marking Time (Cazalet Chronicle #2)

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by Elizabeth Jane Howard
     
 

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(2nd in "The Cazalet Chronicle" series)

Volume two of the Cazalet Chronicles turns to the Cazalet children. Sixteen-year-old Louise, Edward and Villy's daughter, moves out into the world, discovering at drama school a casualness towards language and sex that would shock her parents - as much as their secret lives would shock her. And Polly, now fourteen, finds that

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(2nd in "The Cazalet Chronicle" series)

Volume two of the Cazalet Chronicles turns to the Cazalet children. Sixteen-year-old Louise, Edward and Villy's daughter, moves out into the world, discovering at drama school a casualness towards language and sex that would shock her parents - as much as their secret lives would shock her. And Polly, now fourteen, finds that war cannot forestall the pangs of adolescence, while another fourteen-year-old, Clary, is the one hit hardest by the war: her father, Rupert, has been reported missing after Dunkirk. While the rest of the family gradually accepts that he must be dead, Clary clings to the belief that he is alive.

"Deeply romantic without ever straying into the maudlin or sentimental . . . a triumph of authentic nostalgia." (The Times of London)

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671527945
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Series:
Cazalet Chronicle Series, #2
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
544,461
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 8.18(h) x 1.11(d)

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Marking Time 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I've never been SO bored as when I read Marking Time. At every page turn I wondered if SOMETHING interesting would finally happen in the story. It rarely did. The book is a real disappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading all 3 books on the Cazalets and wished there was more. The stories are about how the war affected a large English family and growing up during the war. The first book started slow but the tempo picked up and the stories unfolded with enough twists and turns to keep your mind curious as to what will happen to the characters. The last book ended just as the war ended and I felt didn't give enough closure. The author left it as if there will be a continuation. Not only are the books good fictions, you learn a piece of history on WWII and the British life as well.