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Subject: I Capture the Castle
Date Posted: 3/17/2009 1:19 PM ET
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I just wrote a paper for a conference on this book and the key not speaker happened to be in my panel.  she was talking about how she liked the novel, by Dodie Smith, and we started talking about how not many people have heard of it, let alone read it and were wondering why.

I think it would probably now be called a Classic (written in 1948) if anything. And I was curious. How many of us have read/at least heard of it. It's my FAVORITE book....

so, what do you think?

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 1:44 PM ET
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I have it sitting on a shelf waiting for me to read it. Very memorable first line: I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.

I don't know if I would consider it a classic . . . perhaps a modern classic :-)

Hannah, did it win an award?

Date Posted: 3/19/2009 9:43 AM ET
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I read it for the first time several months ago. I'd never heard of it till I came to the forums here, although I had read and loved the author's 101 Dalmatians as a child.

Isn't A Tree Grows in Brooklyn from that same era, or is it earlier? And To Kill a Mockingbird is always mentioned as a classic, but I think it's only about 50 years old.

If it was me, I'd call all those books modern classics.

Date Posted: 3/20/2009 8:39 AM ET
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I have never heard of the book but I just ordered it and I am looking forward to reading it. I agree with Janelle's assestment that To Kill a Mockingbird et al. should be considered modern classics but classics nonetheless. I think A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is around that time as well. Thanks Hannah for the suggestion.

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Date Posted: 3/21/2009 11:25 AM ET
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I just recently finished reading it and loved it!! I had never heard of it before and came across it in Barnes and Noble on a table of classic books they were promoting. I picked it up because it had a recommendation on the cover by JK Rowling! The book is written by the author of 101 Dalmatians. I highly recommend it. I am getting ready to send my copy out today to a PBS member who wish listed it.
Date Posted: 3/21/2009 8:38 PM ET
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I first read it several years ago and have reread it since.  It's now one of my favorites and won't be going to a PBS member who WL'd it. ;)

I don't remember now how I first came across the title, but it was probably when it was reissued in paperback a couple years before the movie came out.

Hannah--I'd be interested in reading your paper if it's available online.

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Date Posted: 3/24/2009 1:31 PM ET
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So glad to know others have read and loved I Capture the Castle ! I'm hoping to reread it this summer!

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 9:32 PM ET
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It's a great book. I think Sheila's right and it's prolly a modern classic. :) I don't know if it won an award or not...

Donna, I can't believe the JK Rowling thing made you pick it up. I was so irritated when I saw that on there...I don't know why. I think it's cause it's so not Harry Potter (Ironically my panel at the conference was with 3 other people all of whom wrote on Harry Potter, lol). I'm glad you liked it!

It's been my favorite since I was 16 when my mom gave it to me. That's why I chose to write about it. It's not a very good paper though..

If anyone wants to read it (be kind it's still a work in progress!) and offer some advice/critcism you can do so at: http://hljorgensonwrites.wordpress.com  I would love any feedback from anyone and everyone


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Date Posted: 3/27/2009 10:58 PM ET
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Hannah, I think the reason I picked it up on JK Rowling's recommendation was because, having read the Harry Potter series, I was really impressed with Rowling's ability to plot a story over seven books and the way she adapted the reading level of each book to children/young adults as if they were the same age as the main characters. Because of these things, I really wanted to see what kind of book Rowling would consider great and (if I remember correctly) she mentioned something about the central character and how you would really like her - or words to that effect! Granted, the synopsis of the story was the true selling point!!

Although I have passed this paperback copy on through PBS, I think this is one that I will probably search for a first edition or good hardback copy to have permanently. And you are right - it is SO not Harry Potter, other than the drafty castle!

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Date Posted: 3/29/2009 3:08 PM ET
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Their castle is a bit....drafty isn't it? lol :)

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 10:48 AM ET
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I hate to admit it, but I hadn't heard of the novel until I saw the movie.  Loved the movie...but, of course, the book was better!  The same young lady who was in Atonement was in I Capture The Castle, as well as the young boy form the movie E.T. 

She literally starts the movie sitting in the kitchen sink, writing in her journal.   It does follow the book pretty closely, but there is always something about using your imagination to help guide the story....

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Date Posted: 3/31/2009 9:04 PM ET
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I read it years ago and loved it.  I had a copy that I kept for a long time but no one here wanted to read it so I finally got rid of it.

This was all way before the movie.  I think I was fairly young when I read that book - teens maybe?