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Author: Susan Howatch
"Cashelmara was at the end of the world - but what a stupendous ending it was, with those great mountains ripped from the black earth and flung in a jagged circle around the ragged edges of the lake! ...There was something frightening about those great bare mountains towering above us like slumbering animals, the vast lonely streches of bog and ...  more »
ISBN: 294766
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 692
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
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4.5 stars

Cashelmara is a saga about an Irish family through three generations. If the title doesnt grab you, Howatchs writing will. The story is mesmerizing and spine tingling. Psychological motivations, dysfunction and macabre machinations abound. Although designated as historical fiction, the novel shines in the characters and their relationships. Id call it a psychological thriller as well as historical fiction.

The de Salis family owns an estate in England, but cant seem to give up the remote, mysterious Cashelmara in Ireland. If anyone says silence is inaudible, they have never heard the silence of Cashelmara. It was a living silence, unearthly and unnerving. The estate has a mystical quality to it and is a constant presence in the characters motivations.

The story is told from the points of view of three generations of men, their wives and an activist farmer. To perk your interest without spoilers, Ill simply list the main characters as in the table of contents.

Edward Duty
Marguerite Fidelity
Patrick Loyalty
Sarah Passion
Maxwell Drummond Ambition
Ned Revenge

You will learn about lord and tenant, the potato famine, and the poverty-stricken Irish countryside.

Lies, deception and jealousy abound. I couldnt put it down.

Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont