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I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
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Aug 17, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: 1001, historical-fiction, romance, intelligent
Read from August 08 to 17, 2010

After a week of struggling to find the time to read this book with the concentration it deserves, I find I'm at a loss for the right words to write this review. I started reading this novel because the reviews made it seem like a charming read but I finished it having gleaned a much more personal revelation than I ever would have thought possible. I'm at a cross roads in life that require some deep soul searching that isn't pleasant to do, and this book has helped me accomplish some of it whether I wanted to or not. What starts out as a novel about a silly girl dealing with poverty and a practically insane family, turns into a weighty coming of age tale. Cassandra reminds me of myself and my own journal keeping in a lot of her passages, and her desire to write reflects my own silly wish to do so as well. I'm afraid though, that I relate most of all to her father. While he seems practically insane I feel I know exactly how he feels, the weight of perfection suffocating any chance he might currently have to write another novel as successful as the first. I get why he spends all his time reading or doing puzzles and shutting himself off from society.
Above everything that I loved about this book, was the writing. There's something about the language in early victorian-esque novels that totally captivates me. I now find myself totally willing to give up modern conveniences to have at least one day at Godsend castle with Cassandra and the rest of the Mortiman crew.

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