25 August 2010

I Capture the Castle

"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink," is the famous introduction to Cassandra Mortmain, the narrator of Dodie Smith's beloved I Capture the Castle. Cassandra, with a keen eye for observation captures the mouldering castle she lives in and her eccentric mouldering family in her own words. Her father was the successful author of one book, his only book, and they live on the dwindling revenue of that early genius. Though Cassandra's beautiful sister Rose, their stepmother Topaz, and brother Thomas believe in him he spends most of his days reading detective novels in the gatehouse of the castle. Rose will do almost anything to change their luck, and finally one night it does with the arrival of their handsome American landlords.
The relationships between siblings were one of the most interesting aspects, especially the contrast between the inseparable sisters raised by a distant father and an eccentric nudist stepmother and the brothers raised separately by their divorced parents. Even more interesting is that Smith seems to touch on these subjects without batting an eye. The development of friendship between Cassandra and her younger brother Thomas, and their growth from indifferent caring to a friendship amongst siblings was one of my favorite parts.
Of course there is plenty of romance to go around for all the characters, whether it is real or imagined.
I really don't want to spoil any more of it for you if you haven't read it! Cassandra became like a fictional friend to me, I laughed at her jokes and the ridiculous things her family did with her, I listened to her secrets about love and growing up. There's a comparison often made between this book and those of Jane Austen and I have to agree. The characters become friends to the reader, more than just someone you read on a page. The one up that Smith has on Austen are the vivid descriptions of the castle and the English countryside. You can almost see the castle rising on the middle of the page with the tower behind it surrounded by bluebells and two friendly swans.
The photos are screen shots from the movie, which I will probably go on and on about some other time.

11 comments

  1. Omg thank you! I've been meaning to read/watch I Capture The Castle but I keep forgetting! I'm gonna put it on hold at the library right now. :D

    And lol yeah... I moved away from Montana because I didn't suit it very well. I'm more of a bigger city girl. However I did always love camping!

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  2. I'm intrigued! I've never heard of this movie before but the storyline sounds quite interesting. Thanks again for your comment on my blog! I've always wanted to grow tomatoes but never found the time. Are they quite hard to maintain? I'm a little concerned about the cold weather. Any tips?:)

    TheOwlsCloset.blogspot.com

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  3. I must admit i haven't read/seen it yet, but it sounds really interesting! Hmm, must find out :)
    Oh, about your last post: i'm in love with your shoes.... :D

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  4. i've been meaning to read this since forever! i started it when I was young, too young, I think, and couldn't get myself into it, but I just know if I read it now I would love it. The only problem is, I have such a huge pile of books I have to get through first! haha :)
    Olivia x
    www.something-like-roses.blogspot.com

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  5. I'm going to read this book! Trying to get my fill of fiction before school starts. I love those stills.

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  6. I want to read this now! I have a growing list of books I need to get around to reading, this has now been added.

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  7. You've piqued my interest, I may just have to put this movie in my netflix queue!

    A few things..
    1. hey man, I'm studying communication too!
    2. You're so right about fashion bloggers and smirky faces! I try to include smiling pictures whenever I can because, let's face it, smirking at a camera alone in your backyard is bizarre.
    3. Old Crow Medicine show is so, so good! Have you head the song General Specific by Band of Horses? It really reminds me of Wagon Wheel!

    xx
    MILK TEETHS

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  8. Kallie, thanks so much for the tip on growing tomatoes! I'm looking forward to your gardening post:) Have a great weekend!

    TheOwlsCloset.blogspot.com

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  9. both outfits are beautiful, nice style! Your blog is great, I'm your new follower!

    xxxx

    worldoffashioninspiration.blogspot.com

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  10. Omg thank you! I've been meaning to read/watch I Capture The Castle but I keep forgetting! I'm gonna put it on hold at the library right now. :D

    And lol yeah... I moved away from Montana because I didn't suit it very well. I'm more of a bigger city girl. However I did always love camping!

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