Teaser Tuesdays: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just open your current read to a random page and share a few sentences. Be careful not to include spoilers!

Here is a book that I had never heard of until I began dwelling in the world of book blogs. Thank you, fellow bloggers!

I Capture the Castle is the whimsical musing of Cassandra Mortmain, seventeen-year-old castle-dwelling aspiring writer. I’ve only just begun it but found a delightful teaser very quickly:

I suppose it was her sheer despair of ever meeting any marriageable men at all, even hideous, poverty-stricken ones, that made her suddenly burst into tears. As she only cries about once a year I really ought to have gone over and comforted her, but I wanted to set it all down here. I begin to see that writers are liable to become callous.

I don’t know about you, but that took me from Jane Austen to Ernest Hemingway in only three sentences, which is an effect I most definitely appreciate. How about you?

6 Responses

  1. Yeah, I like the tone the narrator used. I think I’ll put it on my list. Here’s Mine

  2. Love that! Writers do seem to be watchers more so than interactors. Thanks for sharing. My teaser is here.

  3. I love that book. It’s been one of my go-to reads when I need a pick-me-up for years. Topaz! The book has the that perfect balance of fantasy, loveable narrator and pathos. And I’m always a sucker for a crumbling mansion.

  4. That is a great book — and they made a nice movie adaptation out of it a couple years ago, too.

  5. I missed the movie – not surprisingly, really.

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