I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
I liked this book. I wouldn’t say I loved it, but I went into it with a terrible sense of foreboding as when I first started a friend of mine looked at it in my hand and said “Oh I’ve read that. I hated it, so you’ll love it.”
…that was not the high recomendation I was looking for.
But reading through it, I really liked Cassandra. I liked her whimsy and her groundedness. And even when things started to go wrong with Rose and Simon, with Stephen, with the whole kit and kaboodle, I still liked them all. Yes they made wrong choices, yes it hurt, but they were all very human and I couldn’t hate any of them.
Image in my head: Cassandra’s point of view looking down at her father locked up, urging him to write as he realises what’s been done.
Side amusement: in the introduction at the start of the book it mentioned Smith having a dalmation named Pongo. I just thought it amusing that she was a fan of the Disney film 101 Dalmations enough to name her dog that… then a page later I read that she wrote the original. Woops!