From the moment I opened this book I knew I was going to fall in love with it. As it turns out, it is by far the most beautifully written novel I have...moreFrom the moment I opened this book I knew I was going to fall in love with it. As it turns out, it is by far the most beautifully written novel I have ever read. There is so much depth to Dodie Smith's characters and writing that I can’t even imagine trying to describe it to anyone who hasn't experienced it for themselves. This book is truly one of a kind.
To sum up the book, it is basically a coming of age story that takes place in the the 1930's. The story is told through the main character, Cassandra Mortmain, who writes through her private journal. Cassandra and her eccentric family are very poor and live in an old castle in the English countryside. A wealthy family, the Cotton's, come to inherit the Mortmain's castle and the surrounding lands. The Cotton's have two boys, Simon and Neil, who are curious of their interesting neighbors. The story takes us through the lives of the two families and their encounters with each other.
It was such a joy to read this beautiful story through the character of Cassandra. She has become firmly planted in my heart as one of the most charming characters I have ever come across. Overall, I give this book a 5/5! After all, it is my favorite book. :) (less)
This is by far my favorite book from childhood. My mother read it to me countless times. I really can’t express what this tiny book means to me. It br...moreThis is by far my favorite book from childhood. My mother read it to me countless times. I really can’t express what this tiny book means to me. It brings me to tears every time I read it. It also makes me pull out my own version of "a velveteen rabbit," which is a little gray bear that I have had since the day I was born. It's funny but when I pull that bear out and hold him in my arms it brings a rush of comfort and a feeling that everything is right.
This story is a classic that should be read to all children. I look forward to the day when I can read it to my own.(less)