The Classics Reclamation Project is my personal challenge to read and enjoy the classics. Each Wednesday, I post about the classic I’m reading at the moment.
It’s been another slow classics week, so I don’t have much to report this week. But I have at least started my next read! I’ve just begun I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Published in 1948, it’s narrated by 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, who lives in a crumbling castle with her family and aspires to be a writer. It also features a fabulous opening line:
“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.”
I’m only a chapter or so in, but already I like Cassandra. She’s not the most eloquent of narrators, as she’s really just practicing her writing, but I can tell she’s trying. The setting is intriguing, as is the cast of characters so far: Cassandra and her sister, Rose; their father; and their father’s young second wife, Topaz. Oh, and a dressmaker’s dummy named Miss Blossom.
I’m not sure where I Capture the Castle is headed yet, but I’m looking forward to finding out.
Fun fact: Dodie Smith is also the author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians. Guess what movie was based on that one? I never realized Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” was based on a book!
More on I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith next week!