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Read I Capture the Castle with Jo's Book Nook

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Posted by: Rosi
January 03, 2010, 11:15 AM

Our non-Harry Potter book club, Jo's Book Nook, has chosen to read Dodie Smith's timeless novel I Capture the Castle for the month of January. Jo's Book Nook is open to all MyLeaky members, providing the opportunity to discuss the chosen novel with others who are discovering or rediscovering it at the same time. This month, there is a quiz, a section to post your favourite quotations, a thread to crack any Britishisms you didn't understand and more.

As for the novel itself, Smith - also the author of 101 Dalmatians - follows the Mortmain family's life in a castle that is falling to pieces. The father is faced with crippling writer's block, while his new artist's model wife, Topaz, is as eccentric as they come. I Capture the Castle is set in the 1930s and told from the perspective of the younger daughter, Cassandra, who writes her family's adventures, struggles with money and battles with love down in her treasured diary. J.K. Rowling herself has said that Cassandra "[is] one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met."

Happy reading!

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20 Comments

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4852 Points

Wow! I have never read it but it sounds interesting! FIRST!!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on January 03, 2010, 11:37 AM report to moderator
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3987 Points

Aw, I’ve read this book a few times and it’s actually great! The characters, setting and plot are amusing and very original :)

Posted by BewareoftheNargles {WBM} on January 03, 2010, 12:08 PM report to moderator
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4056 Points

Sounds nice so I’ll have to look for it in the library.

Posted by fifi ~::~ ıɟıɟ {WBM!} {ITC!} on January 03, 2010, 12:42 PM report to moderator
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2525 Points

Hmmm sounds intersting.

Posted by The Nerd on January 03, 2010, 01:26 PM report to moderator
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Excellent choice… It is a really good read.

Posted by Won_Two on January 03, 2010, 02:09 PM report to moderator
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My great aunt sent me this novel several years ago for Christmas and upon reading the quote from Ms. Rowling on the cover, I devoured it. “I Capture the Castle” has delightfully witty prose, and Cassandra truly IS one of the most charismatic, intelligent, vivid characters I’ve ever come across in literature. The novel is extremely romantic as well, featuring the best love quadrangle in any novel I’ve read. It’s like reading a mix of Jane Austen, Bridget Jones’ Diary, and Little Women. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed if you read this novel and stick with it!

Posted by emmypotter on January 03, 2010, 03:00 PM report to moderator
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355 Points

I love that book! It’s really good. :)

Posted by Lisbry on January 04, 2010, 03:52 AM report to moderator
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3048 Points

I have never read this book before but the summary provided certainly has intrigued me and has compelled me to consider borrowing it from the library.

Posted by Kirk on January 04, 2010, 03:59 AM report to moderator
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1372 Points

Sounds interesting. I’ll look for it in my library.

Posted by elaphantluv34 on January 04, 2010, 04:08 AM report to moderator
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123 Points

My library carries it, so maybe others do too. I really liked it. I also liked her other recommendations.

Posted by iamnotworriedharry on January 04, 2010, 04:48 AM report to moderator
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Can’t wait to read it! I’ll visit the library tomorrow.

Posted by Chii on January 04, 2010, 05:39 AM report to moderator
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i really needed another book to read, this one sounds great :)

Posted by loveyoulawl, roar. on January 04, 2010, 06:23 AM report to moderator
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4138 Points

This book sounds like a good read!

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on January 04, 2010, 06:47 AM report to moderator
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3187 Points

hmmmm, sounds interesting. i’m always looking for reading suggestions.

Posted by harrygetsme on January 04, 2010, 06:55 AM report to moderator
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1575 Points

Sounds great. I’ll definitely give it a try.

Posted by Spinner's End ^HISS^ (ITC) on January 04, 2010, 07:53 AM report to moderator
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