"I write this sitting in the
kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on
the draining board...I have found that sitting in a place where you
have never sat before can be inspiring--I wrote my very best poem
while sitting on the hen-house."
Thus reads the first journal
entry of Cassandra Mortmain, daughter of a famous author with severe
writer's block. Now this quirky family (you're going to love each
character) is on the brink of destitution.
Cassandra, unlike her beautiful
sister Rose, is able to romanticize her dreary life and make
you wish you were hanging out in this dilapidated English castle
with the rest of the gang.
Dodie Smith, author of 101
Dalmatians, is such captivating
story-teller! You will feel and laugh and wish the book never
ended! I promise!
My daughter wanted me to
include this tidbit--This is J. K. Rowling's favorite book!
have included a strange book group discussion question. Would
you agree that
I Capture the Castle is a combination of Pride and Prejudice,
Anne Frank's Diary, and The Addams Family? One more--Did reading
this question make you want to read the book?