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Confusion by Elizabeth Jane Howard
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Wonderful family saga set against WW2
By sally tarbox on 8 March 2018
Format: Audible Audio Edition
Fabulous- you start reading this series and have to work through all five volumes as the characters are so vivid, their dramas so well-drawn.
This, the third, takes place through the years of World War 2, ending with the celebrations for peace.
With Rupert still missing in France, the family are starting to conclude he must be dead; wife Zoe starts to move on with her life, even devoted daughter Clary is starting to doubt...
Louise marries; Sybil's death has left a void in her family; the youngsters are growing up... New friends, careers, all set against the fears and privations of War. Unputdownable. And on to Volume 4... ( )
  starbox | Mar 7, 2018 |
Deel 3 van de Cazalets, ik heb er enorm van genoten. ( )
  elsmvst | Oct 14, 2017 |
The war drags on . . . and on and on. What Howard conveys, better than anyone else ever has to me, is how the war affected childhood and adolescence over the long haul. I've read plenty of books about the war with children and young adults in them but never one that stays quite this focussed, quite this thoroughly. The three cousins, Polly, Louise, and Clary even speculate at some point how it might have been different for them or how it might not have been growing up in the midst of this. The biggest difference, for this family, anyway, was how the war keeps them together, at Home Place, where it was safe and there was room for everyone. For some this delays events, for others it is life-saving. The girls are not just expected to be ornamental and find husbands, either, they learn to do practical things and look after themselves (more or less). With the war everything is hard work, decisions are hard to make, some couples spend too much time apart and get themselves into various forms of trouble or unhappiness. . . Confusion is the right name for this volume! Couldn't put it down! ( )
  sibyx | Feb 17, 2016 |
The third in the Cazalet Chronicles...this one annoyed me a bit because the author felt compelled to begin chapters by making the reader guess which of her many characters was starring. It would take a couple of paragraphs and sometimes even a page before you figured it out. That aside, the story continues to interest me and this particular book ends with the knowledge of one character's status which has been uncertain through the last two books. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
This, the third in the five-book series which is The Cazalet Chronicles, covers March 1942 to July 1945, again we see the family’s experiences through the teenage eyes of Polly, Louise and Clary. Much has changed now as the war progresses, particularly affecting the role of women, the breakdown of class barriers, the empowerment of working women and educated poor.
These books are quite a social history of a period which more often is the reserve of thrillers and spy novels. Elizabeth Jane Howard has a subtle hand when it comes to observing relationship, such as Polly’s observation after her mother’s death: “It was possible to believe that she was gone; it was their not ever coming back that was so difficult.” ‘Confusion’ is in part a study of the grief of Polly and her father Hugh; and that of Clary and Neville, whose father Rupert has disappeared in action in France. Clary continues to believe her father is still alive, though the rest of the family quietly accepts his death. Then word from France brings a sliver of hope. Clary grieves for the father she remembers as a child, writing a daily diary for him, and not as the soldier he died as.
The other theme in ‘Confusion’ is love, or the lack of it. Louise’s story is not about death but about young love, expectations and marriage and the realization that her husband Michael is more strongly wedded to his mother Zee than to her. There are war-time affairs, some lust, some love, and with all of them comes the confusion of uncertain times, stress and the pressure of living life ‘now’.
War seems ordinary in the everyday sense, but the Cazalets are living through extra-ordinary times. The familiar characters continue from the first two books, their story arcs going through radical change now as the war progresses and everyone’s life is changed forever.
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  Sandradan1 | Oct 31, 2015 |
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The room had been shut up for a week; the calico blind over the window that faced south over the front garden had been pulled down; a parchment coloured light suffused the cold stuffy air.
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Confusion begins with a heartrending scene: Sybil is dead and her daughter, Polly, is going through her clothes. Polly and her cousin Clary have left Home Place for London, where Archie Lestrange, an old family friend, keeps a close eye on them... and a love triangle ensues. Passionate, troubled Louise Cazalet, not yet twenty, marries Michael Hadleigh and has a horrible, lonely time having a baby. Edward's philandering demands a reckoning; and beautiful Zoe, despairing of Rupert's return, embarks on an affair with an American airman. As Confusion moves through the dark, middle days of the war to May 8, 1945, VE Day, the characters we have come to know--to love, to admire, occasionally to dislike--find the turmoil of that somber time echoed in the struggles and inner chaos of their own lives. Confusion ends as Rupert is crossing the Channel, coming home after five long years...--Back cover.
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The continuing story of the Cazalets, a well-to-do English family. The present volume, the third in the series, centers on cousins Polly and Clary as they leave their country home to begin adult life in World War II London.

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