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Marking Time (1991)

de Elizabeth Jane Howard

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Séries: Cazalet Chronicles (2)

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The place is once again Home Place, Sussex but the year is now 1939. The sunlit days of childish games and family meals are over, as the shadows of war roll in to cloud the lives of one English family. At Home Place, the windows are blacked out and food is becoming scarce. And a new generation of Cazalets takes up the story.… (mais)
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The second installment of the Cazalet Chronicles opens with Britain’s declaration of war against Germany. Initially, life goes on pretty much as it did before the war. But even air raid sirens and German bombers flying overhead don’t disrupt the family’s lives as much as one might think. Only the youngest Cazalet brother, Rupert, is young enough to join up for active service. Oldest brother Hugh takes charge of the family business, with assistance from Edward who is also part of the reserves. They travel freely from Sussex to London. The women, of course, remain in the countryside managing the household and the children, constantly juggling living arrangements as various parts of the family come and go.

The Cazalet novels drive home the reality of women’s lives in the 1940s. Men have all the power, making important decisions and withholding information from their wives and daughters if they think it will make them anxious or upset. They are also free to have physical relationships with other women as well as their wives (who participate primarily out of a sense of duty). The women have very few options, and it appears their daughters’ lives will be similarly limited by their lack of formal education.

Elizabeth Jane Howard’s writing is simply brilliant. Most of the narrative is seen through the eldest child of each of the three families, all teenage daughters, who are in a unique position to observe events unfolding around them. Each one feels as if their life is on hold (“marking time”) because of the war, but their perspective is limited by their parents, who shield them from any serious discussions about the war and the family. So they only know what they know, and the reader has to make inferences and see how they play out. In terms of plot development, Howard leaves no stone unturned. Something notable happens to nearly every character, even the minor ones, and she leaves us with two significant loose ends that I’m sure will be taken up in the next installment. ( )
  lauralkeet | Apr 26, 2024 |
1939-41 Home front for the Cazalets during WWII. Mostly through the eyes of the teenage and pre-teen girls Louise (budding actress), Polly (still deciding) and Clary (nascent writer). You also meet some of the family friends. Set mostly in the countryside, with visits to London, against the backdrop of war. Howard really catches the 'between places' that children of this age suffer, neither quite one thing or the other, child but almost not a child, of the varying ages. The girls very focused on their hierarchy, who should or shouldn't be able to do or know specific things. And what they think they do know and understand, and how muddy that is.

For someone who generally doesn't enjoy coming of age novels, I am totally engaged with their story.

The country house and its satellites is crammed to the gills as they give wartime homes to other family members, friends and the girl's tutor Miss Milliment. As well as a kind of babies orphanage run by Rachel, and ultimately a respite home for wounded soldiers.

The stories wind in and out and deepen the picture of each character at this time. It feels very authentic.

It's interesting to discover that despite mostly being a wealthy family, some of them are already wearing dentures by their 40s, far less common now. My father was proud that he still had most of his own teeth at 90! ( )
  Caroline_McElwee | Apr 23, 2024 |
https://fromtheheartofeurope.eu/marking-time-by-elizabeth-jane-howard/

Marking Time is the second of the series, set a year after the first, and concentrating very much on three teenage Cazalet girls, whose fathers are brothers. But it’s now war time – the book starts in September 1939 and ends with Pearl Harbour in December 1941, so it covers a long and crucial period of the girls’ lives; Louise, an aspiring actress, whose father is abusive; Clary, an aspiring writer, whose father goes missing after Dunkirk; and sensitive Polly, whose mother is very ill though nobody will admit it. Between the lines (and not only there) is a thoughtful reflection on the roles of women in English society of the time.

The cast of characters is huge – the family tree at the start lists eighteen living Cazalet relatives, and there are a half dozen more who get at least some viewpoint time – lovers, servants, in-laws. But Howard keeps them all under control, and although we know that parts of this are based on her own life, it doesn’t come across didactically. There is a minor twist at the end of the book which made me gasp, but in any case I would have been impatient for the next instalment; some very tempting plot lines have been set up. I’ll get to it soon enough! ( )
  nwhyte | Feb 24, 2024 |
Extraordinarily well written second book in this family chromicle. Not only emotionally accurate but also very true to life historically as well ( )
  ponsonby | Dec 26, 2023 |
The second volume of this series concentrates, for the most part, on the three adolescent girls of the family. Elizabeth Jane Howard captures their characters beautifully and just what it was like to be stuck at home trying to carry on with life when the world was descending into chaos. Frustration, fear and mundanity are the dominant themes. But also how are they going to make their way in the world? There are many secrets that lead to some heartbreaking misunderstandings. We also get glimpses into the lives of the other characters, family, extended family, friends and servants; their worries and concerns and the many secrets here too. Everything is beautifully observed and written. Can't wait to get onto the next instalment. ( )
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En dan is, eindelijk, ook deel 2 van de Cazalets Kronieken in het Nederlands vertaald! Aftellen – De Cazalets deel 2 – werd geschreven door de getalenteerde Britse schrijfster Elizabeth Jane Howell. Howell brengt met prachtige, uitgebreide beschrijvingen een hele familie in het post-Victoriaanse Engeland tot leven brengt. De boekenserie, die in totaal uit 5 delen bestaat, is autobiografisch, en gebaseerd op Howell’s eigen, welgestelde familie. Ze begon in 1982 aan dit uitgebreide werk. Het vijfde deel schreef ze op haar 90ste, een jaar voor haar dood in 2014. Het verhaal verscheen ook als dramaserie bij de BBC…lees verder >
 

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The place is once again Home Place, Sussex but the year is now 1939. The sunlit days of childish games and family meals are over, as the shadows of war roll in to cloud the lives of one English family. At Home Place, the windows are blacked out and food is becoming scarce. And a new generation of Cazalets takes up the story.

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