Monday, May 11, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpg"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining-board, which I have padded with our dog's blanket and the tea-cosy." (Published 1949)



I love the classics and plan to share some "opening lines" over the coming months. Comment if you like, or read for inspiration.
Writing styles were different then, but were they really? 


18 comments:

  1. I haven't read this book - sounds like a cute opening line.

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    1. Really recommend it. When I first read was surprised it was written in 1949. Does not feel dated at all. I think it was made into a movie in the 90s.

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  2. Sounds like the promise of a good book.

    Yvonne.

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    1. It really is. A lovely coming of age book and well worth reading.

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  3. I haven't read this book, but I agree with Dixie that the opening line is cute.

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  4. This is a funny opening line and I wonder what it is about. Sounds like a very good book..should be since it is a classic that I have not heard of:)

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    1. It is definitely a very different book. Well worth reading!

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  5. Feet in the kitchen sing...hum...strange way to begin a book. Got to be a young person, young and limber enough to sit on the counter in the first place. I sit on the edge of tub and put my feet in the tub...it's an age thing, lol

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    1. I do too (and the sink!).....and I'm not so young anymore :)

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  6. I've never heard of that one, but there are certain classics I like. That line has a lot of showing rather than telling, which is more the style these days.

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    1. If only there were time to read more....

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  7. Hey Sharon,

    Nothing like a classic opening line. Something to grab your attention. Writing styles have changed somewhat since our animal friends, notably a certain dog, started "pawblishing" their thoughts.

    Gary :)

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    1. The old styles have had a lasting effect on me. (I keep going back). I sometimes wonder if younger readers feel the same.

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  8. I think the classic writers lived in a slower world. They took more time when crafting their stories. I may be wrong. I love to wallow in the classics in a way that I rarely find in modern stories, with some exceptions. (I can wallow in Pat Conroy, Anita Shreve, Pauline Simmons et al...) Thanks for this series!

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    1. I agree! I have enjoyed Pat Conroy's writing especially.

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  9. I've read the opening to this novel so many times on so many different sides. I learned about the novel years ago and I've always wanted to have a go at it, because ti really sounds different. Never done so far, but I will.

    Are you enjoying it? :-)

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    1. Hi Sarah. I hope you get a chance. Pick a lazy summer afternoon :)

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