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Cashelmara Mass Market Paperback – December 12, 1984
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Edward de Salis, an English nobleman with vast landholdings in Ireland and England travels to America and visits the Marriot family, distant relations in New York City. De Salis, a man in his fifties, has been a widower for eight years and has a young son, Patrick, and three older daughters, all married or living away from home. He returns to England with plans to marry seventeen year-old Marguerite Marriot, to his family's great consternation. Marguerite and Edward are married at the family estate, Cashelmara. Oddly enough the marriage turns out to be a love match. Times become difficult when Edward dies and finances become tight. Cashelmara and the situation in Ireland begin to weigh heavily on the family with unexpected results. This historical novel is filled with romance, intrigue, social and political unrest and family drama.
Ms. Howatch is able to vividly describe the same situation through the eyes of various characters. These differing points of view give tremendous depth to her characters and interesting insight into their personalities and ulterior motives.Read more ›
'Cashelmara' is divided into six sections. Each section is narrated in the first person, by a different character. I love this structure, as you really get into the heads of the different characters, and see how they think and see themselves and others. Howatch has complete command of her structure and pulls it off wonderfully.
If you know anything about fourteenth-century English history, you'll see how accurate a re-telling it is. If not, you're sure to enjoy a well-told and fascinating novel that's full of emotional ups and downs. I agree with a previous reviewer who called it emotionally draining! 'Cashelmara' is a highly rewarding read.
When I finished it, I was almost drained with emotion. That sure doesn't happen to me very often. I loved it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was recommended to me by my high school English teacher when I needed a lengthy, character-driven, family saga. It did not disappoint. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anita K. Tingley
Used to love Howatch's books back in the 70's. I thought it would be fun to revisit some of them. I was wrong. Couldn't finish this one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Flytyerpeg
Long but great book. Enjoyed reading it. A four generational story.Published 3 months ago by carowin
This is one of the most satisfying stories I have ever read. It's so well done that you know which kings and queen she has in mind. I will read this one again.Published 5 months ago by catherine m wacksman
This is the third time I have read Cashelmara in the last ten years. It continues to enthrall me even more each time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Grimshaw
Wonderful characters, sweeping narrative, and nonstop action. Loved it.Published 6 months ago by Lori McClaskey