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I Capture the Castle

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branflake81 Tue 14-Jul-09 14:44:34

I just wanted to say I have just finished this in practically one sitting. I can't believe I have not read it before - really recommended. I love Cassandra!

piscesmoon Tue 14-Jul-09 20:02:25

I couldn't believe that I hadn't read it before either! I read it earlier this year and loved it.

bruffin Tue 14-Jul-09 20:08:35

I only read it this year as well! I found it in a charity shop and really enjoyed it.

DarrellRivers Tue 14-Jul-09 20:12:03

Love it

TwoIfBySea Tue 14-Jul-09 20:34:51

I read it years ago, there is a film been made of it but I haven't seen it.

It was only after reading it I realised that it was the same author as 101 Dalmatians! Which is another good book, dts love it as I did at their age (7 1/2), much better than the films.

EquipeEdouard Tue 14-Jul-09 20:37:00

Read this with a bookclub a couple of years ago. Absolutly loved it.

The film is good, but not as good as the book. The characters don't look like they do in my head IYKWIM!

KingRolo Wed 15-Jul-09 14:19:22

I had never even heard of it until a couple of years ago either.

Fantastic book, the film is bound to be a let down.

jooseyfruit Wed 15-Jul-09 14:25:01

'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink'

what a great opening line!

Threadworm2 Wed 15-Jul-09 14:31:23

I read this book a few months ago and adored it. Like others on this thread have said, I was amazed that I hadn't come across it before. If I had read it as an adolescent it would have become a part of me and a really treasured memory.

Threadworm2 Wed 15-Jul-09 14:37:03

I wonder why it doesn't have a higher profile, really.

WoTmania Wed 15-Jul-09 15:00:33

I love it. Picked it up for holiday reading 10 years ago and have reread it tons of times since. It is one of my all time favourites.

moliereroger Wed 15-Jul-09 15:01:43

such A lovely book

littlerach Wed 15-Jul-09 15:14:35

It is great, isn't it?

Jux Wed 15-Jul-09 15:17:23

I have read it many times since I was in my early 20s. Great book.

slimyak Wed 15-Jul-09 15:20:27

Picked it up as a swap left at a holiday let and loved it. Would like more like it if anyone has any ideas? Reading too much good but heavy stuff at the moment.

I didn't think the film was too bad. I've seen worse screen adaptations.

LightShinesInTheDarkness Wed 15-Jul-09 16:13:35

Mmm, I started this once and never finished it.

Does it have a young girl with an older artist boy, which resonates with Sally Beauman's 'Landscape of Love'?

Or am I totally confused? I get all those 'big old house - long, hot summer - adolesecent girls - languid boys down from Oxford' books all mixed up!!

WoTmania Thu 16-Jul-09 08:07:56

Nope. It's a moving, extraordinarily funny, non-sentimental book and no 'languid boys down from Oxford'. You are obviously confusing it with something else.

MoChan Thu 16-Jul-09 09:23:39

Such a comfort read. I only discovered it about four or five years ago and must have read it once a year since. It is very touching, very lovely, in a completely non-sentimental, non-cloying way.

DracoDormiensNunquamTitilandus Thu 16-Jul-09 09:25:12

I found it to be a load of dull drivel.

WoTmania Thu 16-Jul-09 11:00:36


SoupDragon Thu 16-Jul-09 11:10:06

LOL, I did think that though. I was very excited when I picked it up in the charity shop last summer because it had been raved abot. Then I read it and thought, "oh, was that it??" Didn't enjoy it at all.

procrastinatingparent Thu 16-Jul-09 11:14:52

This is one of the books I can't believe I missed out on as an adolescent - I didn't read it until my 30s. It's an unsung treasure which I shall make DD read much earlier than I did.

preciouslillywhite Thu 16-Jul-09 11:14:58

I've been reading it at least once a year since my Granny gave it to me when I was 13.I LOVE it. Can't wait to pass it to my dds when they're big enough.. see them toss it aside, going, "yeah, AND??" or rolling eyes hmm

...or praps will just keep it to myself

Threadworm2 Thu 16-Jul-09 11:15:00

Does that mean two whole people that didn't like it? Or are you Draco <confused by Pottername Week>

Threadworm2 Thu 16-Jul-09 11:15:35

that was to soupdrag

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