Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Reading List Review: I Capture the Castle

I finished Dodie Smith's, I Capture the Castle, this past weekend. What a delightful book. It'd be an excellent read for a teenaged girl. It's got all the right things: a bit of romance, sacrifice, familial love and loyalty, hardships overcome. It's got a bit of a fairy tale feel to it -- which makes it even better in my mind.

A 17-year old Cassandra writes in her journal all of her reactions to all that happens to her family. She is the daughter of a famous one-novel man who has lost his drive to write; the family is destitute and living in a crumbling castle in 1930s England. Her older sister HATES being poor, her younger brother is in school and seemingly oblivious to the destitute-ness of the family, and Cassandra records it all. She too wants to be a writer and practices with her journal.

A wonderful book written by the author of 101 Dalmations which is MUCH better than the Disney version!

Now, on to The Heaven Tree Trilogy by Edith Pargeter (her penname is Ellis Peters, of Cadfael ) fame.

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