|I Capture The Castle: Dodie Smith
||[Jul. 8th, 2013|09:51 am]
There's a wonderfully engaging 17 year old narrator. She lives in a falling-down castle in Suffolk with her father, a modernist genius with a chronic case of writer's block, her silvery, professional muse of a mother-in-law, her more worldly sister Rose, her schoolboy brother and the adopted brother-cum-servant whose earnings keep them all from starving. Then the Americans arrive.|
This is another of those 20th century artworks about what we English have left to fall back on after ceasing to be top nation. It's a wonder Powell and Pressburger didn't film it. It has just their blend of ruralism, mysticism and deep but non-militaristic love of country. It's also very funny. The only snag is I couldn't see what any of the young women saw in any of the young men- but perhaps that's what Dodie intended.
Have the book from the 2012 Worrd Book Night but not read as yet.
I'd advise you to get stuck in. It's brillient.
I think I've started this book about four times now. I must finish it!
Yes indeed. You'll like the bit towards the end where they do a Midsummer ritual.
It's a wonder Powell and Pressburger didn't film it.
I like the 2002 film, but Romola Garai, Tara Fitzgerald, Bill Nighy.
The only snag is I couldn't see what any of the young women saw in any of the young men- but perhaps that's what Dodie intended.
Nobody can. The film version can't. I think it must be part of the point.
I suppose one of the things she's telling us is that love is blind...
Is what you call a mother-in-law what we call a stepmother? I'm having trouble following the family relationships.
Oh dear- that's simply a mistake. I should have written "stepmother".