The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard

The Light Years

byElizabeth Jane Howard

Kobo ebook | March 18, 2011

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With an introduction by Joanna Lumley.

Elegantly constructed and told with exceptional grace, The Light Years is a modern classic of contemporary English life and the beginning of an extraordinary family saga.

Every summer, the Cazalet brothers, Hugh, Edward and Rupert, return to the family home in the heart of the Sussex countryside with their wives and children. There, they are joined by their parents and unmarried sister Rachel to enjoy two blissful months of picnics and childish games. But despite the idyllic setting, nothing can be done to soothe the siblings' heartache: Hugh is haunted by the ravages of war, Edward by his latest infidelity and Rupert by his inability to please his demanding wife. Meanwhile, Rachel risks losing her only chance at happiness because of her unflinching loyalty to the family.

Title:The Light YearsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 18, 2011Publisher:Pan MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0330527266

ISBN - 13:9780330527262


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting family This family is lovely. Wealthy yet kind, thoughtful and warm. They are a family that enjoy each other's company and respect everyone within it. Even the children are given voice and listened to. This book is the pre-WWII setting, building the familial relationships, getting ready for what we know will come. The setting is peaceful, yet watchful as War looms but hasn't yet arrived. The story focusses a lot on the children. They are the true starting point of this series. I look forward to continuing the story of this warm, enjoyable family.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The light years Brilliant. It takes a little while to get to know all the characters but bear with it and you will be rewarded. Ms Howard has a tremendous understanding of human nature and the story is told with great empathy. I will read it many more times.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The light years This book kept me awake all night reading.....and it is only number one in a series of five!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful, funny, true Howard writes wonderfully from the perspective of the novel's many children, their fears and hopes. She is very good at the complexity of relationships, their conflicts, but also the obligations they contain - or we imagine they do. Finally, what she does most cleverly is use the weight of the history going on behind the story to balance what might otherwise be a soap opera. Loved it and looking forward to reading the next book in the chronicle.
Date published: 2009-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Light Years This book is the first in a series about the Cazalet family. It takes place in the years before World War II in England. The grown children of William and Kitty Cazalet gather together at Home Place for their summer vacations. Hugh and Sybil have three children, and are very happy, but for Hugh's violent headaches, a souvenir from World War I, and their habit of doing what they think the other person wants without communicating first. Edward and Viola(Villy) also have three children, but aren't quite as happy. She's bored and he's philandering. Rupert and Zoe have two children, or Rupert does by his first wife,and Zoe is desperately trying to avoid having any while she desperately tries to keep Rupert's love with her stunning good looks. Rachel is single and has one true love she's trying to keep secret from everyone. It's very entertaining watching these people and their children enjoy the last couple of peaceful summers before the war. The story is told from all points of view, young and old, servant and master. It's a good start to a series.
Date published: 2000-06-23