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El castillo soñado (1948)

por Dodie Smith

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A novel of an eccentric and impoverished English family whose home is a ruined 14th century castle. The story is presented in the form of a diary by the family's teen daughter.
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This was my second read. Particularly the first five or so chapters, the book is strongly carried by our wonderful narrator, Cassandra Mortmain, a 17-year-old who calls a centuries-old castle in England home. She lives with her highly eccentric family - a famous author father who hasn't written anything in years; his much younger artist-model wife christened Topaz (though "there is no law to make a woman stick to a name like that"); Cassandra's slightly older, beloved, but exasperating sister Rose; their slightly younger brother Thomas; and a hired helpmate about their age, though they haven't been able to pay him anything in years. In fact, they haven't been able to afford to pay anything or anyone in years; they've been selling off furniture bit by bit and scrounging together a living based on that, and when we meet them, they aren't sure what they're going to do next.

Then, a la Pride & Prejudice (deftly referenced by the narrator), a nearby property is suddenly let to a single man of means (who, it is a fact universally acknowledged, must fall in love with one or both of our heroines by book's end).

I do feel that once characters started falling in love with each other, the story got worse. But it's quite a piece of work nevertheless. ( )
  Tytania | Aug 23, 2021 |
At first I found this book utterly adorable and uncomplicated. Then, as I read on, the story became less picturesque and more realistic, unfurling with the complications of unrequited loves and slowly maturing adulthood.

In the middle bits I was disappointed that the story didn't go the way I was expecting, but by the end I can't picture it as going any other way. ( )
1 vota MCBacon | Aug 2, 2021 |
I didn't enjoy this much. The writing was quite descriptive, but it read too much like protagonist Cassandra's personal diary, which is what it was, but the basic plot was pretty dull. Cassandra and her family are terribly poor, but nobody seems to want to do anything about it. Eventually, their unpaid adopted orphan goes out to earn money, which he then gives back to the Montmain family. The family pins all of their hopes on Cassandra's sister Rose marrying into the rich landlord's family. Stick to Dodie Smith's masterpiece, One Hundred and One Dalmations. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Adult/teen fiction; coming-of-age novel. 17-year-old Cassandra records the events of her life in a centuries-old English castle. I kept having to remind myself that the novel is actually set in the late 1940s and not actually in the Edwardian period, as Cassandra's tone is similar to Bronte and Austen (probably because, as a young writer, she is strongly influenced by her favorite authors; also, because of the family's seclusion in the country, there is an absence of more modern role models). It's a sweet little novel--not a heavy romance, because Cassandra is really still too young to become that involved--and it has a nice little ending, too, nothing so contrived as you might expect. It could very well have ended horridly, but Dodie Smith had the good sense to do right. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
coming of age daughter of blocked writer living in genteel poverty
  ritaer | Jun 14, 2021 |
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This book was such a wonderful, enchanting and unpredictable read that by the end of it I felt like I almost was Cassandra, since her confessions, recordings and thoughts in her journals gave me a thorough insight into her. I also loved how the sections of the book were arranged in differently priced notebooks, which really demonstrated the progression of the story
añadido por Nickelini | editarthe Guardian, Ella the bookworm (Jan 11, 2014)
 
It feels, reading it now, as if this is the story that every romantic comedy Hollywood has ever made has been trying to tell. And when we come towards the end of the book and a marriage proposal and happily-ever-after storyline seems to be in the offing, I was worried we were going to stray into that territory. But Smith is too good a writer, Cassandra too interesting a person to settle for this.
añadido por Nickelini | editarthe Independent, Evie Wyld (Jul 19, 2013)
 

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She was so scared, she forgot to be a contralto.
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