when I was a child we always holidayed in Britain. Either under canvas or preferably ( for me ) in our little touring caravan.
One year, when I was about fourteen or fifteen I guess , I found a novel to read in our caravan that really captured my imagination.I got lost in another world while reading it that holiday.
Of course it's a lot of years since I read that special story and I could not recall much about it.Not even it's title.
I had just about forgotten all about it till I found some old books in the loft ( it was not among them but they jolted my memory a little). I could remember it was set in a castle and there was an incident with some creme de menthe.
Thanks to google just entering these details was enough to throw up a books name...I Capture the Castle.
How wonderful .
I didn't hold out much hope of finding it but miraculously, on the second page of links, there it was !
Of course I could not resist doing a bit more research. I read lots of reviews from people who loved this story too and ordered a copy from Amazon the same day. It was so lovely to realize it was special to a lot of people .....and they were adults of all ages.
I was really looking forward to re-reading this long forgotten story on holiday..........
I'm not a big reader of fiction but now the boys are getting older I'm realizing I can enjoy it a little on holiday like I used to before I had children.
I won't tell you about the plot as I think it's nice to discover it all yourself. There are some good reviews and information HERE . But really DON'T look at the Wikipedia page ......it tells too much, including the ending......I really wished I had not looked at it .
But despite that mishap I REALLY enjoyed the story again .....thirty years later
I guess books are like music....very personal, but I love this book and wanted to share it with you .
J.K. Rowling said "When I read I Capture the Castle it quickly became one of my favourite books of all time, and I was very annoyed nobody had told me about it before. " Source
It was perfect to enjoy as a teenager, but it is still special for adults too. It turns out it was also made into a film in 2003 . Now I just need to decide whether to watch it or keep the wonderful images I have in my minds eye...tricky.I wonder what you would do ? and if any of you lovelies have read this classic or seen the film.