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Casting Off (Cazalet Chronicles #4)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  2,316 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
The long-awaited final volume of Howard's superb quartet of novels that chronicles the lives of an extended family. With the excitement of VE Day come and gone, England remains locked in the drab grip of deprivation. Against this backdrop of a crumbling empire, a number of startling events unfolds, including deaths, weddings, a shattering pregnancy, and divorces.
Paperback, 496 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Washington Square Press (first published 1995)
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Ann
Apr 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
The only bad thing about this book is that it was the last of the series. My life stretches out ahead of me like an empty wasteland.

(Not really - but wow, these 4 books were great.)
Marica
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk
Racconto pop-up
EJH continua a raccontare le storie della famiglia Cazalet, benestante grazie al commercio di legname di pregio, come la famiglia della stessa scrittrice. L'intrattenimento è ottimo, la scrittura fluente, i personaggi sono ben delineati; secondo me riesce meglio nel raccontare gli adulti, uomini e donne, nei loro drammi, che nel raccontare le ragazze e i bambini. Un po' perchè i problemi dei piccini della classe agiata sono in genere temperati dagli adulti, mentre i problemi esist
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Ingrid
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With a sigh I've closed the book. It's written with so much warmth and understanding, I loved it. I'm keeping no. 5 for a while, like a box of my favourite chocolates.
Cristina - Athenae Noctua
Il quarto capitolo della saga dei Cazalet appare come un'occasione di raccordo, nel quale ad enormi stravolgimenti a carico di ogni esistenza vengono predilette delle piccole incursioni in ciascuna di esse: c'è il graduale adattamento alla pace, ci sono i fermenti che porteranno le donne a godere di nuovi diritti e a sottrarsi a molti pregiudizi nati dal mancato rispetto delle aspettative nutrite nei loro confronti, ci sono rapporti che si consumano e amori che nascono piano piano tra le pagine. ...more
Ilaria
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"E' quello che succede dopo che fa la differenza."

Allontanarsi è l'ultimo capitolo della Saga dei Cazalet pubblicato dalla Fazi. E' passato qualche mese ormai dalla fine della guerra, la situazione sembra andarsi pian piano stabilizzando e anche i Cazalet stanno cercando di ritrovare un equilibrio. I Cazalet stanno per festeggiare il primo Natale dopo la guerra tutti insieme, i festeggiamenti però hanno il sapore di un addio, con la fine della guerra la convivenza della famiglia sta per finire,
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Petra
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful continuation of the Cazalet saga.
The kids are grown and their adult lives just beginning. So many choices, decisions and mistakes to make.
The younger kids aren't as well incorporated into the storyline, which is a bit of a shame, and I would have liked to know more about Gerald (hopefully that happens in the final book of the series).

All in all, a really enjoyable, wonderful family saga.

Note: be sure to read this series in order
erigibbi
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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La vicenda di questo quarto volume comincia nel giugno del 1945, subito dopo il ritorno in Inghilterra di Rupert.

La guerra è finita ma l’Inghilterra è ancora paralizzata nella morsa della deprivazione. A Home Place i Cazalet si apprestano a trascorrere un altro Natale assieme, forse l’ultimo. I bambini sono cresciuti, le ragazze sono diventate donne e gli adulti cominciano ad invecchiare.

Anche se la guerra è finita ricominciare non sembra facile per nessuno, le ferite
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Elena T.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Archie.. ❤ ...more
Bruno
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk
Lamento e Sentimento

La guerra è finalmente finita ma i Cazalet inevitabilmente non smettono di lamentarsi da mane a sera. Il cibo è paradossalmente sempre protagonista, nonostante la sua carenza, e se determinate situazioni andavano bene ante bellum, adesso non sono più accettabili e così fioccano i divorzi e anche qualche matrimonio.
Numerose le ripetizioni per ricordare al lettore eventi avvenuti in Confusion che, per quanto indubbiamente utili a volte, hanno reso la lettura ancora più lenta.
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Chiara White
Quarto capitolo della storia della famiglia Cazalet, i bambini crescono, la famiglia si allontana. La guerra è finita e tutti possono tornare alla “normalità”, ma non è facile trovare una normalità dopo un evento come il conflitto mondiale che ha sconvolto la vita di tutti a diversi livelli: ora ognuno deve prendere la propria strada. Questa volta il romanzo appare in un certo senso meno corale, un po’ più concentrato su un numero minori di personaggi che precedentemente non erano centrali come ...more
Susan
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whew - it's been a long month. Just finished book 4 of the Cazalet Chronicle, and book 5, written ten years later, is in the mail. I've never read anything quite like this saga, perhaps because I don't often read books in a series ( with the exception of the Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon). The books are not at all exciting, especially, in fact, they often read almost like diary entries, from the perspective of many family members, as well as a few servants and friends. That said, I found m ...more
wutheringhheights_
Ho impiegato più tempo che ho potuto, a leggere questo quarto capitolo della saga...
Ma è finito lo stesso!
Se il precedente, Confusione, è stato costellato da una forte malinconia e tristezza, in Allontanarsi è come se i nodi più dolorosi si sciogliessero e i nostri amati Cazalet iniziassero finalmente a rendersi conto che c'è una speranza. La vera bellezza sta nel notare con quanta maestria, la Howard, traccia il percorso della crescita dei personaggi; non c'è mai nulla di affrettato, è davver
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Gail Amendt
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The wonderful thing about a long series is that the characters become so familiar and so well developed that they feel like old friends. It was great to pick this book up and become reacquainted with my old friends the Cazalets. After the previous books followed the family through the difficult years of WWII, this book picks up immediately after the war has ended, as everyone begins to contemplate what their post-war lives will actually look like. For many, the immediate post war years are not w ...more
❀⊱Rory⊰❀
A bit disappointed in this entry of the Cazalet Chronicles. In the previous books, the author was careful to follow each family member, giving the reader a chance to catch up with the whole family. This time, there was far too much Archie and not nearly enough Polly, Gerald and Hugh. Even at the end when it would seem that Polly should be at the center of things, she is only seen in glimpses through the eyes of Archie and Christopher. Which is annoying as I would have loved to have Polly's view ...more
Toglietemi tutto, ma non i miei libri
Insomma, più leggo questa saga, più entro a far parte di questa famiglia travolta da mille vicissitudini.
Libro dopo libro, ho visto i cuccioli Cazalet crescere e farsi largo nel mondo. Serbano ancora la stoltezza e l'inesperienza giovanile, ma anno dopo anno, imparano ad affrontare la vita.
Nonostante il numero considerevole di pagine, ho divorato questo libro in pochi giorni.
Mi piace tantissimo vedere come evolvono le vite dei personaggi, osservare come reagiscono alle delusioni ma anche ai liet
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Ophelinha
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Possibly the most beautiful, gripping, enticing chapter of the saga. The girls - Polly, Clary, Angela, Nora - are all grown up and ready to fall in love, amidst faux pas and disappointments. The three Cazalet brothers - Hugh, Edward and Rupert - have to face different challenges: Hugh is coping with the death of his beloved wife and trying to move on; Edward is divorcing his wife Villy and trying to cope with his mistress Diana; Rupert is back from WWII and from a long stay in France, where he's ...more
Beth Bonini
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was bereft when I finished this book -- the fourth, and last, in a series.
In 10 years, I'm going to read them all again.
The ending was very satisfying, particularly for the characters of Polly and Clary, but I had become so fond of the characters that it was very hard to "let go" of the story.
Chiara Baroli
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ormai vado praticamente ad occhi chiusi a far visita alla famiglia Cazalet. La scrittura della Howard è una sicurezza.

Siamo vicini alla fine, manca solo un volume alla fine delle avventure della famiglia, e, forse è solo una mia sensazione, ma sembra quasi che questo quarto capitolo lo “senta”. Non so spiegarlo, è come se aleggiasse già una certa malinconia. O almeno questo è quello che ho provato io.
Anche se la storia, nonostante qualche episodio, sia più leggera del terzo volume.
Assistiamo
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Jane
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, fiction
This is the fifth and final volume of the Cazalet Chronicles and I have finished all five. I love these books and wish that EJH was still alive so that I could write her a letter, and tell her how much I appreciate her humor, psychological astuteness, the world she brings to life (England 1937-1959), the company of her characters. I admit it all makes me hugely nostalgic for a world that wasn't even mine except by extension--many of the characters are contemporary to my parents and grandparents, ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Whereas the first three books in the series are very much about a family spending too much time in close proximity as the result of a wartime evacuation from London to Sussex, and the problems that result from that, this book is very much about the difficulties of the post-war untangling of that situation and how it's no easier to end things than it is to begin them. The young teenagers of the pre-war first book and now young adults making their own decisions at last. The babies have turned into ...more
Trisha
Dec 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last book in a 4-volume series about a British family during the years that span the beginning and end of WWII. I suppose in some ways the books could be described as dressed-up soap operas with a historical twist. Nonetheless, I'm a sucker for family sagas - especially when the characters are well developed like these were so that it's possible to get to know them and understand their reasons for the things they do. I like feeling like I'm connected to the family - sort of like a lo ...more
Annette
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth in the series. A re-read but I can't keep away (again) and although I planned to leave a gap between the last one and this one I haven't. The characters get under your skin so effectively so that you know everything aobut them and their relatives.

Although some might see this as a quiet read, it isn't. Massive things happen to all the characters, huge events that change the course of their lives but it is the normalcy the pushing on and carrying on living that is so poignant.
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KerryH
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Will review the whole Cazalet Chronicle when I've read the 5th in the series. Suffice to say that I believe the entire series is brilliant, there is something Tolstoyan about it, and Howard's central characters are right up there with War and Peace. The only downside for me is those who skirt the periphery, Raymond and Nora for example.

4.5 stars
Baba Bookswife
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siamo al penultimo capitolo di questa magistrale saga familiare. Partendo dal fatto che è molto complesso recensire un volume di una serie, per di più un quarto... andiamo avanti. Proprio come dice il titolo stesso, i personaggi della famiglia Cazalet tendono ad allontanarsi: ognuno ha un sacco di problemi, che non rivela agli altri membri della famiglia, i tradimenti la fanno da padrone e l’indecisione anche. C’è il grande ritorno di Rupert, che però mi ha tremendamente delusa, dopo aver fatto ...more
beesp
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
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Cristina
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una Saga, cioè un romanzo di varie migliaia di pagine, difficilmente mantiene alto il livello di interesse del lettore. In questo caso forse non si tratta di un libro che rimarrà nella storia della letteratura, ma sicuramente di una lettura piacevolissima e molto ben costruita, non stanca, non è ripetitivo. Questo quarto volume si avvantaggia della crescita della terza generazione, e quindi di storie parallele non ce sono solo 6 o 7 come nei primi 3 volumi, ma 10 o 12. In effetti sono tanti roma ...more
Debbi
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another 4 star book. I am so familiar with all the characters now that I get upset at their behavior or feel happy for them when things work out. The post-war period seemed a bit of a let down in England as not much improved. Rationing went on for years which is something I didn't know and there was a housing and heating fuel shortage in London. Am almost sorry to start the final book but here goes!
Sorairo
Chi la dura la vince!
Sono contenta di aver continuato a leggere questo volume che offre un prezioso spaccato di un'epoca. In questo volume ci si concentra sul dopoguerra e su cosa vuol dire per ogni personaggio.

La recensione completa su:
http://madeforbooks.blogspot.it/2018/...
Alice
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, e-books
Enjoyable but not quite as good as the first two.
Katrina
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was under the impression that this one was the last in the series, so was very happy to discover that number 5 called All Change was published in 2013. It's a great series.
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