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Fair. Noticeably used book. Text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Heavy wear to covers and pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting. Possible ex library copy, with all the markings/stickers of that library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, and dust jackets may not be included.
Dodie Smith's poignant and clever novel, written from the perspective of seventeen year old Cassandra Mortmain, is a moving and inspiring piece that simultaneously entertains and provokes deep thought. Cassandra, living in poverty with her family in a shabby, enormous England castle, attempts to sharpen her writing skills through the filling of three journals across a particularly dramatic set of months. She narrates the turning of events in her life in a talented, thorough, and strong voice, unwittingly demonstrating her own growth through the months as she both recounts and speculates on the occurences of which she is a part. By the end of the novel, Cassandra's talent has blossomed, and she has come to a well-developed awareness of herself and her relation to the aesthetic world. This work is phenomenal.
Apr 29, 2007
Our hearts were captured.
Members of our reading group were captivated by Dodie Smith's main character, Cassandra, and the complications of her life with her unusual family. We had a varied ideas in our discussion about what the title means - we will leave you to solve that problem! Some questions we discussed: How do different people deal with poverty? What makes one person fear it, another thrive creatively? What about "writer's block?" Have any of us suffered similar debilitating symptons when trying to accomplish something important? What caused them? What helped break out? What are the differences between American and English people in their ideas about life? Are there really any people in the world like the incredibly generous Mrs. Cotton? Many other questions were raised by the book, including those in the study guide at the end. A slow start, but once you get into the book, it is intriguing. Don't forget to look at the drawings at the beginning of each section.
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