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Sins of the Fathers (Van Zale #2)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  1,424 ratings  ·  27 reviews
This is the tumultuous novel of men and women pitted against a world of wealth, power, and privilege...the story of the powerful Van Zale clan, and the man, Cornelius Van Zale, whose dynastic struggle to control a great fortune becomes the center of his life. When the world of the Van Zales, of servants and country houses, of European summers and Bar Harbor clambakes, poli...more
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Published October 5th 2006 by Sphere (first published January 1st 1980)
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Laura
This book is the sequel of The Rich are Different.

Even if I haven's read the first book of this series, the author managed to keep track of the previous story into the present plot.

This is the story of Cornelius Van Zale and his family during the period of 1949 till 1967. Each part of the book is devoted to one of the main characters that became then the narrators of the story.

The author intwined several controversial themes, such as adultery, murder, alcoholism, impotence, health problems among...more
Angie
I have read multiple Susan Howatch now and have loved everyone of them. This one was entertaining too, but I figure out all the plot twists, made me a little sad. But I guess if I read 10 bookd of hers before I figured out her plots and patterns it means she is an amazing writer. (Or I am a slow learner! - Both are true!)
Jacky
Can't remember much of it accept it was a huge book to read, perhaps I should read again. I know I enjoyed it but can't remember much.
Sue
Sequel to 'The Rich are Different', set ten years later. Again it's written from varying perspectives, which works well to develop the arious plots, but it mainly revolves around Cornelius, head of a bank. The book was very well-written, though I have little interest in high finance, and although the ending was rather bleak, I thought it was probably right.

Re-reading nearly nine years later, I found it gripping once again, and surprisingly enjoyable despite the business/banking theme. I had quit...more
Lee
While I enjoyed this novel (and to finish it you have to - it's over 700 pages!) because I like these multi-generational wealthy family sagas, it was difficult to feel much empathy for the major players. Although I kept reminding myself the story follows the lives of the ultra rich and begins post WW II, when times were different, the two key women led such useless lives it seemed. Their marriages were up and down and motherhood clearly wasn't their forte. Most of the men were extremely ambitiou...more
Misfit
This is just not keeping my interest. Sam is boring boring boring and I can't even bear to finish with his narrative. Perhaps because post WWII era doesn't interest me much. *shrugs*

Moving on, life is too short.
ladydusk
Own. (Thank goodness)

What a great book. Best one I've read this year. I want to write a more thorough review later. Still thinking.
Mary Ann
Pretty decent sequel to "The Rich are Different." I still hate Cornelius--what a little backstabber!
Ryan Baldwin
An excellent retelling of the life of Augustus/Imperial Rome in a semi modern setting.
Roya
I listened to the audio version of this book immediately following the first book of the saga "The Rich Are Different." I enjoy the historical perspectives and the way that Howatch can tell a story from the perspective of different characters. In both audio versions, the reader had a limited range of voices (they almost all sound sort of the same). It was sometimes difficult to figure out who was "talking." I enjoyed the "The Rich Are Different" more than the sequel "Sins of the Father," mostly...more
Colleen
First read of a novel by Susan Howatch ... not a difficult read -- and a step up from the brain candy I sometimes read -- but I don't know if I'd read another book by this author ... this book had an interesting plot, fair character development ... shed light on how folks with money live. It didn't offer a lot of surprises and I was necessarily disappointed with the ending, just glad that it was over. I won't offer any suggestions for an alternate ending, but I think the author could have put a...more
Cindy Kanode
I was thoroughly entertained. This book had a good plot with sufficient twists to keep my attention...some very unexpected. I enjoyed the varying character perspectives. I read this book (Van Zale #2) prior to the first novel, The Rich are Different, but had no difficulties figuring out the plot/characters but it would have been easier if I started with first book.
Debra Roman
A re-reading of this book did not disappoint. I liked it as much as the first and now I want to read more of her books - some that I've already read and others that I haven't.
Tamara
Enjoyable follow up to The Rich are Different. As the title indicates it follows the lives of the children of the protagonists in the first book.
Lynne Radcliffe


Enjoy Susan Howatch books. Great characters that she continued from Book oneThe Rich Ate Different.
Linda
True story of a woman who suddenly remembers that her father killed her friend 20 years ago.
Kshydog
Liked how story progressed by the different characters telling their view of the events.
Carmen
Read it at a time when reading meant more than an escape. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Lesley Paris
I loved this book. One of those that stayed with me through the years.
Diane
Fascinating way of changing voice throughout the book.
Cherry Wilson
Another great beach/summer vacation read
Susan
May 29, 2011 Susan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Brownell Library Sale 5/28/11
Susan
I enjoyed this series very much.
Ruth
family saga, character flaws abound.
Lorraine
Read back in the '80s.
Mary
Aug 01, 2008 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone
The book was WOW!. It has a wonderful storyline and most of the time, I couldnt predict what will happen next which I liked. The book was centred around a man, Cornelius, How he tried to control his family, his friends and everyone around him in the name of morality, doing what is right but his means and reason was just to satisfy him alone. It all failed in the end and ended with his own daughte turning her back against him. i love this book soooooooooo much!
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