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Read I Capture the Castle with Jo's Book Nook

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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2168 Points

sounds like another book i should read!

Posted by MaggieNoise on January 04, 2010, 02:43 PM report to moderator
89 Points

New Year’s resolution. Read More books. <3

Posted by Shadowed_Dreamer89 on January 04, 2010, 03:44 PM report to moderator
363 Points

Okay, I’ve never heard of this book. Considering the fact I used to work in a library that in itself is quite surprising

Posted by KiwiBrian on January 04, 2010, 06:36 PM report to moderator
1420 Points

it looks like a cool book

Posted by alicia00 on January 05, 2010, 09:00 AM report to moderator
4481 Points

I’ve read it before, but I was a teenager, so it would be cool to return to it.

Posted by Smitch on January 05, 2010, 09:22 AM report to moderator
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