Sunday, November 4, 2012

Capturing the Castle

I love this cover image for
I Capture the Castle
Haven't you just always wanted to live in a castle? I have and have once again picked up Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle. It seems a lovely place to live even though its elegance is way beyond faded. 

The castle is occupied by Mr. Mortmain, a 'one-book' author; his wife, Topaz, a former artists' model; his older daughter Rose; young son Thomas; and a fellow, Stephen, who lives with them and is sort of a hired hand even though he never gets paid. The story is told, or rather written in her journal, by Cassandra.

She starts her journal this way:

I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining board  which I have padded with our dog's blanket and the tea-cosy. 



  1. I do, indeed, love that cover, Belle and those opening words are irresistible for sure. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this not too long ago. I'm sure, like you, I revisit the castle from time to time. Enjoy!

    1. I must be the last person in the world to read this book!

      Re the cover: There is something so delicious about peeking into a lighted window and getting a glimpse of someone else's life.

  2. I just read it for the first time recently, Belle, so together we are the last.

    1. Someone has to be last. Glad to have the company.