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I Capture The Castle: Dodie Smith [Jul. 8th, 2013|09:51 am]
Tony Grist
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.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2013-07-08 10:16 am (UTC)
Love that book.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-07-08 10:34 am (UTC)
Me too.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2013-07-08 11:38 am (UTC)
Have the book from the 2012 Worrd Book Night but not read as yet.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-07-08 06:52 pm (UTC)
I'd advise you to get stuck in. It's brillient.
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[User Picture]From: aellia
2013-07-08 03:18 pm (UTC)
I think I've started this book about four times now. I must finish it!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-07-08 06:53 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed. You'll like the bit towards the end where they do a Midsummer ritual.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2013-07-08 03:46 pm (UTC)
It's a wonder Powell and Pressburger didn't film it.

Yes!

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.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-07-08 06:54 pm (UTC)
I suppose one of the things she's telling us is that love is blind...
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2013-07-08 04:40 pm (UTC)
Is what you call a mother-in-law what we call a stepmother? I'm having trouble following the family relationships.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-07-08 06:56 pm (UTC)
Oh dear- that's simply a mistake. I should have written "stepmother".
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