the film version of I Capture the Castle but now I've finally gotten around to reading Dodie Smith's fantastic book and I'm sure this won't be the only time. This was obviously a strong story because it stuck with me through the years. I didn't remember the resolution but I definitely remembered the spunk and vigor of the narrator, Cassandra Mortmain.
Cassandra is a seventeen year old who lives in a dilapidated castle with her one-time author father (Mortmain), an artistic stepmother (Topaz), her twenty-one year old sister (Rose), a younger brother (Thomas) and a room-and-board helper (Stephen). This story is told through her journal, as she attempts to "capture" her life and the lives of those around her. They live a life of near poverty but think they are fairly happy -- until a young American, Simon Cotton, and his brother Neil come to town to claim ownership of a local manor. It's up to the Mortmains to not lose themselves in the wealth and charm that the strangers bring to town.
I adored Cassandra and I adored this book. She is bright and thoughtful and is far from perfect but always striving to be the best person she can be. The things that happen in the story are almost secondary to Cassandra's development as a person. I know that this book is a favorite for many of you and it is absolutely deserved. Strangely, I started watching the film on Netflix again this morning and loathed it. It is quite dark and negative. I will probably watch the rest just out of curiosity but the book is going to be my go-to for this story in the future.
Wishing I was a writer,
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