i capture the castle book review
A bald description would make you wince. No such prudishness, rereading it decades later - just relish for a good story, flourishing characters, and the most persuasive narrative voice. She gets her man, but is he the right one? Tim Fywell's new film does not quite escape that pitfall, specifically in a mawkish scene towards the end between Cassandra and her father, but mostly it is fresh and faithful to the book.
Cassandra’s father was once a famous writer, but now he mainly reads detective … Unexpected arrival of the landlords, rich American brothers who have inherited the neighbouring stately home, sends Rose into a fever of husband-hunting. I was a teenager - just about - when Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle was first published in 1948, but did not come across it for 10 years or so, and I remember devouring it with a kind of guilt, feeling that one's tastes should be more highbrow. Yet her feelings toward them never change; understanding them more has not caused her to love them any more or any less as it is really herself that has changed not them. This I felt gave a real insight into Cassandra’s character and allowed me to see her growing up and her views changing. It is somehow emblematic that it was my Dad who recommended it to me. Her sister Rose is bored and beautiful, and desperate to marry riches.
I did feel at this point that the book had lost some of its colour due to the dynamic of the different characters being removed. But as the money dwindles, so does her father’s inspiration, confidence, and kindness. Cassandra eventually takes on the emotionally grueling task of trying to save their family from destitution.
Ultimately I Capture the Castle is a reflection of Cassandra leaving her childhood behind and becoming an adult. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors. “Oh, Rose, have you thought what marriage really means?” Cassandra asks of her, imploringly. However Cold Comfort Farm was purely a melodrama; I Capture the Castle is so much more. This is a clever book, beneath the surface simplicity; infinite guile goes into that apparently innocent flow. I wished that Heloïse, the dog, had not been relegated to fringe appearances, and don't remember seeing Abélard at all; fey names perhaps, but Dodie Smith was good at animals, and a cat who can give "a look as though he had never seen either of us in his life before" should have been allowed his moment. We are a print and digital publication dedicated to reshaping society’s ideas of what “women’s things” are. But I’d like to think it was that she loved the book so much she wanted to share it with me, to deepen the bond between us.“I Capture the Castle” is a riches-to-rags story in the form of a diary—that of Cassandra Mortmain, a teenage girl who lives with her beautiful sister, stormy father, and flighty stepmother in a decaying castle in the English countryside. There was a period towards the end of the book when Cassandra is going through a period of solitude. At one point she and my grandfather were so poor they couldn’t afford bread from the corner bakery. Yet even in the depths of their misery, she objects to her sister’s declaration, “I could marry the Devil himself if he had some money.”. Aren’t we enough?
What happened to my grandmother? This is confessional writing, and, in a further twist, almost a parody of the genre. The family life in both books creates a situation comedy at times with the different characters all facing a crisis or sudden change in their own way.
1 /0 Book of a lifetime: I Capture the Castle, By Dodie Smith Independent culture newsletter The best in film, music, TV & radio straight to your inbox every week What I didn’t like about this book: Something which I felt held this book back was Cassandra’s youth and naivety. Does a teenage narrator make a book teenage fiction, unworthy of adult attention?
Penelope Lively's most recent novel is The Photograph (Viking). It is written in the first person but in a diary format so that the events portrayed are only told after they have occurred and through the filter of Cassandra’s perception and reflection on the events. For example the language of the characters; their phrases and manners and the stilted, semi-formal conversations between the characters portrayed in both books have the same tone and feel which I think shows that these books are accurate depictions of English society in the 1930’s. Another similarity is the air of melodrama around the home the two young protagonists (Flora and Cassandra) live in. I Capture the Castle is a wonderful book. You can read I Capture the Castle as a period piece: romantic bohemianism idealised - overtones of Margaret Kennedy's The Constant Nymph and of the 1920s and 30s cult of artistic licence. I Capture the Castle review – soaring ambition falls short of Dodie Smith’s novel 3 out of 5 stars. This is a clever book, beneath the surface simplicity; infinite guile goes into that apparently innocent flow. Cassandra’s father wrote one successful novel, the proceeds of which have supported them for years.
( Log Out / If Cassandra had been slightly older, then Dodie Smith could have delved deeper into the problems that each character has and raise this book from being a poignant yet light-hearted story to something that really looks at the issues the family has and tries to understand the events that caused the dysfunction in the family life. Not quite the unreliable narrator, she is herself in the thick of things, having fallen in love with Simon, the elder brother and heir who has been triumphantly hooked by the desperate Rose. “Now it is as solid a meal as we can scrape together, as it has to last us until breakfast.” I imagine my grandmother eating a half-stale loaf, remembering this line, reassuring herself—my life will not always be this way. This is the diary of Cassandra Mortmain, which tells of her extraordinary family and their crumbling castle home. But how otherwise would you reflect a book that springs from just the time when that sort of film was blooming? Through the book I could feel Cassandra growing up as she became less naive and more astute to the ways of the world and the lives of the other characters around her. oes a teenage narrator make a book teenage fiction, unworthy of adult attention?
I imagine my grandmother, twenty-four, on the precipice of marriage, feeling certain her life would take the opposite trajectory—she was headed from rags to riches. The melodrama and comedy that appears is purely natural as they are just part of the many layers that make up this story. Invincible Women: Isabel Allende and Other Remarkable Women Immigrants, Review: Meg Wolitzer’s “The Female Persuasion”, So Yong Kim’s “Lovesong” Distills the Heartache of Unrequited Connections, Joan Didion’s “The Center Will Not Hold” Is a Family Affair, Phaidon’s “Great Women Artists” Is Highlighting the Gender Gaps in Art, How to Sell Yourself and Your Brand, Even When It Doesn’t Come Naturally. I do think that Dodie Smith tried to address this as best she could but I feel she was limited by Cassandra’s lack of experience of the world around her. I’ve read this book countless times, but upon rereading, I realize I’ve gravely misremembered the ending, and not in Cassandra’s favor. In a way, the two books have similarities. When I first started reading it I found myself comparing it to Cold Comfort Farm, a book I read earlier this year which is set in the same period and is centred around a teenage girl called Flora. It is Cassandra's voice, a marriage of artlessness and shrewd perception, that is the touch of genius. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Plus dog and cat, winsomely named Heloïse and Abélard. The writing is fairly concise; there aren’t too many ramblings like you might expect from a diary and the dialogue between the characters always seems very accurately conveyed and though that might not be very realistic, it is crucial to the book not feeling monotonous. The humour of other set-piece scenes is less contrived - the frantic construction of dresses in which to attend the initial dinner party with the Americans; Cassandra's midnight swim in the castle moat with Simon's brother. Follow the book addict blog on WordPress.com, Challenge 12 – The First Novel You Remember Reading. I just watched the movie version of I Capture the Castle. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I loved a lot of things about it, but was VERY glad I read the book first.
One reviewer berated it as an instance of a type of old-fashioned British cinema that should by now have been laid to rest.
So begins what I suspect is Dodie Smith's best book, although her fame today (if known at all) is for The Hundred and One Dalmatians.It and it's sequel are children's books, and to me at least came off as a bit simplistic and trite. But I think this must only be myth. She left behind a collection of tailor-made clothing—the most ornate, bejeweled dresses I have ever seen in person. From the famous opening line I was drawn in to the book; the pace at times seems slow but I felt that just added to the charm. What makes me think it was my grandmother who gave me the book is Cassandra’s voice—the humor, the yearning, the sarcasm, the desire to learn and keep learning—so similar to that of the woman I remember.
The characters are richer and have more depth and I felt I could see the castle and countryside that Cassandra lives in just as she saw it. The owner took a liking to them and saved them loaves to pick up at the end of the day. Topaz, floating around in tattered tea-gowns and communing with nature, is a send-up of prewar attitudes. A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. What Cassandra means is There is still so much beauty in this life we share—don’t you love it, at least somewhat? But such thoughts surface only later; there can be few such absorbing reads - you simply want to know what is going to happen. Join us! But she is also the commentator - entertaining and revealing, not least about herself. At one point Cassandra decries novels with "a brick-wall happy ending", and her creator very properly does not supply one. It is that, but there is more. There are some false touches, notably an episode in which Rose, kitted out in an appalling fur coat bequeathed by an aunt, is mistaken for an escaped circus bear. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.
(The Jane Austen books are wonderful, also, of course, and obviously influential in I Capture the Castle) I'm reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn now, and it, too, seems to have some similarities.
This is the diary of Cassandra Mortmain, which tells of her extraordinary family and their crumbling castle home.
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