4. I Capture the Castle

A few years ago I was settling down to watch a movie and saw a preview of the film, I Capture the Castle. The storyline looked familiar and after I looked it up I realized I read the book when I was younger. After I saw the movie I purchased a used copy of the book, which I have not reread yet. I did, however, find mention of reading it for the first time in my journal (which I transcribed and posted online):

April 4, 1973

(pronoun) am (verb) in the middle (preposition) of a very good book. It is called I Capture the Castle. It is a girl writing in her journal about growing up. They are a poor family (I know this is full of bad grammar) and make what they can of their lives. They live in the ruins of an old castle and life becomes quite interesting for them.

I have a great idea for a story! But I’m not telling about it ’til I write it.

April 11, 1973

I am writing this in the bathtub. The bathtub is one of the most relaxing places I know and when I am relaxed I can write. Well, sometimes when I am relaxed I can write. I should write a lot but I am in an awkward position and am not able to relax too much.

If you’ve read the book you know that it starts out with the narrator writing in the kitchen sink, thus my experiment with writing in the bathtub.

“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining board which I have padded with our dog’s blanket and the tea cosy. I can’t say I am really comfortable, and there is a depressing smell of carbolic soap, but this is the only part of the kitchen where there is any daylight left. And I have found that sitting in a place you have never sat before can be inspiring—“

I do know that I chose the book, I Capture the Castle because it was written by Dodie Smith — the author of 101 Dalmatians which I read before I saw the animated Disney version. Maybe I’ll reread the book sometime and come back to this post to discuss what the book was actually about — rather than my memories of reading it — but maybe I’ll just keep this the way it is. I do recommend the book though — I remember loving it.

April 19, 2010. Tags: , . 1973, fiction, would recommend.

One Comment

  1. normalityandme replied:

    You must re-read the book, it really is amazing! I have just read it and was swept away with it’s brilliance 😀

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