I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Publication date: 1948
Pages: 343 (though it varies, obviously)
Things I Liked:
Despite having a slow beginning, I truly fell in love with Cassandra. About half-way through, I turned to the cover of my library copy and checked that the book was not non-fiction. Cassandra felt so real to me that I began to think it was a memoir or an actual diary. Her style of writing and especially how none of the story elements are neat and complete just made the whole thing so real. I loved the stories - oh how fun to see her family through Cassandra's eyes: the eccentric father and the dramatic stepmother and Rose, who I don't think I ever figured out. But Cassandra was the star of it all. I truly enjoyed reading this book.
Things I Didn't Like:
It is a touch embarrassing to admit that I was kind of hoping for a neat and complete ending. I rather wanted my Pride and Prejudice story where everything works out in the end. I think that's often why I like some books, but why other books are more memorable. The ones with neat endings feel satisfying and the ones without stay with you longer. Also, sometimes I got bored. Still, I really liked it.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Flavia de Luce mysteries by Alan Bradley (a bit)
Keeping The Castle by Patrice Kindl
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
some mild ones occasionally
nothing on page, just a bit of implied stuff
Overall rating: ****
Anybody seen the film of this book? Is it worth watching?
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