As I started reading I saw similarities to Cold Comfort Farm. There’s no mad woman in the attic, but there is a father, a famous author, who has no idea what his three children are doing. There’s no income, the kids seem to be the adults while the famous author hides in his castle room. But then the new owner of the estate from whom the castle is rented comes from America, bringing romance to the teen-aged daughters. It’s an entertaining story, with opportunities for plenty of chuckles.
Lovely lovely lovely book. Intelligent, touching, and perceptive, with one of literature's most amusing narrators and narratives--most understandably a classic.
This wonderful classic coming-of-age romance novel centers around two young sisters and three attractive young men. The two English sisters are living with their poor family in a crumbling old castle when a pair of rich American brothers arrive on the scene. This is a delightful romantic comedy brimming with sly British humor and deliberately silly characters. In many ways, Dodie's writing style echoes of Jane Austen's distinctive influence.
I adore this novel, so much so that I read it almost every year. Cassandra is the inner young woman in all of us with many of the same insecurities and dreams for the future. It's a story you won't soon forget. You'll be charmed!
It reminded me of Jane Austen's books. The style of writing about young love in 1948 and the early 1800's is quite similar. Now I'll watch the movie based on the book.
I read this for the first time when I was 12. I still remember quite clearly how I loved it. Have re-read since and still think it charming. Charming is the best word for this book.
Charming and enchanting. Anne of Green Gables with a splash of cynicism. Worth reading.
Cassandra is seventeen and although living in abject poverty in a crumbling castle with no income of any obvious kind, other than the pittance that Stephen brings in, is seemingly loving her life. I read somewhere that it was in the same vein as Glass Castles by Jeanette Wall, and in some ways it is. This is completely fiction set in rural southern England in the 1940's while Wall's is her biography of growing up in the Virginia Appalatian Mts of the 1960's. I found the fiction narrative to be a little too cute and bubbly for my taste but that could be the result of the time period of the writing. Certainly all ends well in both. They are uplifing stories of hardship not dampening the spirit or holding back ambition. A little too sweetly amazing for me to give a higher rating.
I didn't find the narrator endearing, so I didn't enjoy the book.
This book has an absolutely lovable and endearing narrator (Cassandra). She's wonderful and the best part of the book. However, I found the storyline itself slow and dull. It did seem like it was "before its times" though, as it was written in the 1940s. I imagine that is part of the reason it was/is such a beloved book.
"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink."
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