I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle

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A Wednesday Books reissue of one of the century's most beloved novels, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, with a foreword by New York Times bestselling author, Jenny Han.

Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain and her family live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle's walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has "captured the castle" -and the heart of the reader- in one of literature's most enchanting entertainments.

Publisher: New York :, Wednesday Books,, 2017
Edition: First Wednesday Books edition
Copyright Date: ♭1976
ISBN: 9781250146694
Characteristics: vii, 390 pages :,illustrations


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Oct 24, 2017

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.

Aug 26, 2017

Lovely lovely lovely book. Intelligent, touching, and perceptive, with one of literature's most amusing narrators and narratives--most understandably a classic.

Apr 30, 2017

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.

Nov 30, 2015

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.

Sep 27, 2015

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.

Oct 15, 2014

Charming and enchanting. Anne of Green Gables with a splash of cynicism. Worth reading.

Apr 16, 2014

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.

Dec 22, 2013

I didn't find the narrator endearing, so I didn't enjoy the book.

Aug 15, 2013

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.

This book is perfect for anyone who loves historical fiction, especially those romantics out there! It has clever and witty characters, with enough plot twists to keep you guessing! Definitely a great read!

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SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink."

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