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And our January Book of the Month is...I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith (discussion Tuesday 27 January)

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TillyBookClub Wed 17-Dec-08 07:06:58

We'll be chatting about our Book of the Month, Dodie Smith's much-loved classic I CAPTURE THE CASTLE, on Tuesday 27 January from 8-10pm.

Don't forget you can order your copy here

Keen to know how the votes turned out? Have a snoop at the results here

And, for anyone who missed them first time round, here were January's book choices

reindeersnake Wed 17-Dec-08 22:50:58

I love this book. I shall be watching!

weblette Thu 18-Dec-08 16:21:33

Marvellous book - excellent choice!

AliBean Thu 18-Dec-08 17:30:38

Oooh this is one of my favourites. What a great excuse to re-read (for the 100th time!)
Thank you!

moondog Thu 18-Dec-08 18:23:04's complete shite.

ravenAK Thu 18-Dec-08 19:04:32

Excellent, I'm in. grin

kaz33 Thu 18-Dec-08 19:37:50

I loved in when I was 9 grin

elsiepiddock Thu 18-Dec-08 21:39:49

I too loved it at age 9. Would any adults read it??

christmasteafortwo Thu 18-Dec-08 22:22:19

ooooh - Interesting - I didn't read it when I was 9. Kaz33 and elsiepiddock - I am impressed by your childhood reading ability! However, I did read it when I was young. Is "I capture the castle" one of those books that if you read it as a teenage girl you keep it in your heart for life, but, if you read it with the experience and knowledge of a woman or man - you find it rather lacking(The Wuthering Heights factor)?

<<Goes to find old copy to read again... although I must admit to knowing the first paragraph almost by heart!>>

LightShinesInTheDarkness Thu 18-Dec-08 23:31:46

Hated this book the first time, but keen to try again. As I am always telling the kids, your tastebuds change!

itcameuponamidnightexpress Fri 19-Dec-08 13:38:00

ah christmasteafortwo, so true of Wuthering Heights. Loved it at 17, loathed it by 25. Haven't read this one, so will be interesting to find out.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 19-Dec-08 16:49:26

I've not read it, but have been meaning to get it since reading 101 Dalmatians grin.

Sounds like I should; DD is 9 and still likes me to read to her (just finished Little Women and straight into Good Wives on her request!) so it sounds like it might suit us both. Or is it something a girl should read and sigh over in private rather than with mum?

AdventCandleQueen Fri 19-Dec-08 17:02:55

Love it!
Film's not bad for those too lazy to read it!!

christmasteafortwo Fri 19-Dec-08 18:23:18


No no no no no no!!!!

Adventcandlequeen - I respect your christmas name and jolly mn style but - NO!!!!!

PLEASE - No-one watch the film. Ever, ever, ever!


sad It broke my heart!!! sad (sob!!!)

This is because it is set in a sort of American's vision of what En-gerrlaaand is instead of actually being set, where it should be, in Suffolk!

This is just awful if you are living abroad and watch it because you are feeling a little homesick for Suffolk and want to curl up and pretend you are there!!!!!! (Like Dodie Smith who was curling up and pretending she was there when she wrote it from abroad.)

<<T42 Panics a bit because she can't find her book to re-read - where might she have put it??? She tiptoes away to phone her Mum nervous she will say - "Yes - it was here but it was collecting dust dear - so I put it in the bin, love!"!!!>>

AdventCandleQueen Fri 19-Dec-08 21:31:53

I only said it's "not bad". I'll admit it's not terrible good, and the book is far superior, but is not as bad as some book adaptations.
Tara WhatsHerFace is completely wrong for the role...

christmasteafortwo Fri 19-Dec-08 21:36:28

Still can't find my book - considers getting film out instead!!!! Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

Adventcandlequeen - we are chatting about Rebecca on another thread - do you like Rebecca????

I will find the link for you so you can - come and join us if you want to!!!!

christmasteafortwo Fri 19-Dec-08 21:37:43


reindeersnake Fri 19-Dec-08 21:41:12

Please find the link - I'd like to come too!

christmasteafortwo Sat 20-Dec-08 23:10:12

I thought you lovely ladies might like this secret cave I found....

TillyBookClub Sun 21-Dec-08 10:22:07

I read it aged 20ish, I think, and loved it. Will be interesting to read it again and see how it compares.

Film was DREADFUL. Even Bill Nighy couldn't rescue it, and he can usually charm me into anything. Please don't watch it - it'll ruin the story for you forever.

littlerach Sat 27-Dec-08 14:55:52

Ooh, I ma reading this at the moment.
Is the film really that rubbish?

Anna8888 Sat 27-Dec-08 20:52:09

Agree the film was appalling and Bill Nighy was very badly cast indeed - the father was far more intellectual-bohemian than Nighy could ever play...

blackrock Fri 16-Jan-09 19:37:44

Really liked this story as a coming of age type novel. I usually hate films of books, but I think the film was a good interpretation.

TillyBookClub Tue 20-Jan-09 10:24:20

Its an ace story for credit crunch times - one bath a week, taking hot bricks to bed, home-dying ones clothes green.

Looking forward to next Tuesday, hope everyone can make it.

And if you haven't voted for February's book, today's your last chance - poll closes at midnight tonight. The Enchanted April is in the lead so far...

TillyBookClub Mon 26-Jan-09 12:52:07

Looking forward to tomorrow, hope everyone can make it. See you at 8pm...

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