dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #238

Hallie O'Donovan hallieod at indigo.ie
Fri Oct 27 11:43:12 EDT 2000


Gili wrote:

>The second book, however, was a whole different story. I just finished
>reading it and it was utterly delicious, I'm sure many of you would LOVE it
>if you haven't read it yet - "I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith. Such a
>wonderful book. It was reprinted recently, so I've picked up, because
>J.K.Rowling said in an interview it was one of her favorites. Good for her!
>Now I'm desperate to read her other novels (except of course the Dalmation
>books which I read and loved a long time ago - moreso "101 Dalmations" than
>"The Twilight Barking" but still) and her plays, but they are all out of
>print. Sigh. Such a pity the success of Disney's film seems to have eclipsed
>anything else she'd done... I didn't even know Dodie Smith WROTE any other
>books.


Oh yes.  I read ICtC some time ago, and _loved_ it also!  It's way up there
on the got-to-get-another-copy-as-mine-disappeared-somewhere list.  And
thanks for the reminder!

>I've never thought to compare "The Twilight Barking" with "Dogsbody". I'm
>sure they bear comparison. I only vaguely remember "THe Twilight Barking" -
>I'll have to reread it now.

Oh - good idea!  Now that we've finally read Dogsbody.  Thank heavens for
all these re-printings!

Hallie.




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