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This afternoon I finished the last of Elizabeth Jane Howard's Cazalet quartet, and feel bereft - I miss the characters already. I've started Eva Rice's The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets (which I, along with what seemed like all of you, bought a few weeks ago), but it's not hitting the spot yet. I found the Cazalet books enormously compelling - I've been reading a bunch of other books at the same time, of course, but every time I picked up whatever Cazalet I was on at the time, I literally couldn't put it down until I absolutely had to. And now I have no more of the story to read, and I'll never know what the characters did next, and I feel rather forlorn. This isn't helped by the fact that I'm absolutely knackered thanks to staying out until five in the morning. I shall spend the evening watching the dodgy Miss Marple adaptation on ITV, lying on the couch with Chairman Meow (Ju Ju's new nickname) sitting on my feet. Her rumbly purring is strangely soothing.

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alltheleaves
Feb. 12th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
Chairman Meow

*laughs out loud and hugs you and Chairman Meow delightedly*
stellanova
Feb. 12th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
The Chairman got her new name because yesterday Patrick was lying in bed reading a book about Mao while Ju Ju lolled beside him. When I saw them, the name just came to me!
clanwilliam
Feb. 12th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
I've got friends in Dublin who have a cat called Chairman Meow. He'd better not meet Juju because fur might fly!
wonderlanded
Feb. 12th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'm longing to know your thoughts on favourite Cazalets, least favourite Cazalets, favourite stories, etc.

Until now, I have known exactly no one else who has read and enjoyed those books.
stellanova
Feb. 13th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
I can't decide which were my favourites! I loved so many of the characters, apart from awful Edward and I wasn't too keen on the Brig or the Duchy - such smug eccentrics (although the Duchy improved over the course of the books). I loved how she made initially unsympathetic characters like Zoe grow up and become more sympathetic, the Rachel and Sid thing was heartbreaking (although ultimately happy) and Clary and Louise and Polly were all sympathetic - I think it's obvious that Louise is the autobiographical one, which makes her story even sadder. And it was often very funny - the best depictions of children in adult fiction since the Mitfords, I think. The children were convincingly hilarious without being cutesy.
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