I Capture the Castle

by Dodie Smith

Thursday, April 18, 2002

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I love first person narration. Not that I dislike other kinds of storytelling but I love being picked up and rather than looking over someone’s shoulder being put right inside their head. This book is written as Cassandra Mortmain’s diary and so far I’m just wondering why I’ve never got around to reading it before.

I put this book down for ages in the middle and it took me a while to pick it up again. It’s definitely worth a read though. Since it has a seventeen year old narrator and the book’s concerned with both her first experiences of being treated as an adult and about her elder sister trying to get the family out of the severe poverty that they’ve fallen into by marrying herself off to a rich new neighbour you can see why this book has been primarily marketed at the teenage girl market. I think it deserves it’s place on the adult bookshelves though as there is so much more here than just a growing up and finding romance tale.