I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Cult novel about a dysfunctional bohemian family living in a house built in to an old castle. When the eldest sister starts a relationship with a rich American neighbour things start to change.
The book is beautifully written as the journal of the teenage younger sister, who's a compelling character: half-innocent, half-jaded at the family's poverty.
I found it a bit hard to suspend disbelief at some plot elements though Could anyone really believe in a bear escaping from a train in interwar England? A random adoptee becoming a film star?. Apparently the author was mostly a playwright, it's easier to believe in the short spell of a theatre play.
Overall though, a good book with colourful and compelling characters, deserves its cult status.
What I'm Watching
Saw Ant-Man and The Wasp at the cinema. Really enjoyed this one: like "Thor: Ragnarok" it's more of an action comedy than a straight movie. Was refreshingly fast and low-key after the ponderous "Infinity War". It plays well with the size-changing gimmicks for both action and comedy: the car chases have some originality and the baddie is a good match. Was also good to see the older generation of Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer getting some screen time.
Great fun, well worth seeing.
Running injury still showing slow improvement. Tried to do a longer run but the pain came back so I walked for stretches. No pain afterwards though.
Going to Germany for a week tomorrow to stay with mother in law. Dreading the heat: high of 34, and I can't even cope with the heat here. Hopefully the weather will break, if it's too hot to move not sure what we can do. The house is out in the sticks, it's not like there's an air-conditioned cinema or shopping mall to escape to. Kid is looking forward to it, can't sleep for excitement.
Pics, Cold war KGB spy cameras.
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