Last summer I had a “where have you been all my life” experience with Dodie Smith’s 1948 novel, “I Capture the Castle.”
The book details the story of 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain and her outlandish family, who live in a broken-down castle in the English countryside.
In addition to telling her story, Mortmain is also working to perfect her writing skills. The reader is captivated by her narrative, quips and insights as she chronicles her struggles to properly pen her thoughts.
Below are a few quotations from the book to which most writers can relate:
1. “I only want to write. And there’s no college for that except life.”
2. “Even a broken heart doesn’t warrant a waste of good paper.”
3. “Perhaps if I make myself write I shall find out what is wrong with me.”
4. “It is rather exciting to write by moonlight.”