I Capture Castle Paperback – 2003
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The Mortmains are an offbeat family. Cassandra has flights of fancy and unusual schemes that often have unexpected results. Father, an eccentric and innovative writer, is suffering from severe writer's block and can no longer support the family. He spends his time holed up in the gatehouse reading novels. Stepmother Topaz is a flighty artist's model who enjoys roaming the estate in the buff. Cassandra's older sister Rose is tired of living hand-to-mouth, and she decides to find a way to marry the landlord's wealthy grandson. Handsome Stephen, a hired hand who stays on with the family even though the Mortmains cannot afford to pay him, has difficulty hiding his unrequited love for Cassandra.
First published in 1948 and set in the 1930s, the story has an old-fashioned feel to it, especially on the subject of courtship and marriage. It also highlights the cultural differences at that time between the Americans and the British. Possessing a wisdom and maturity beyond her years, Cassandra spends much time analyzing the people and events that surround her and then recording her observations. "Contemplation," she says, "seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.Read more ›
However what could become a trite romance or standard coming of age story is carefully avoided by the thoughtful honesty of its narrator tempered by the comedy of the situations and by a hint of the sadness that accompanies all change. I confess I have purchased eight copies of the book and given them to friends because of the transitory feeling it so accurately grasps. Set in the 1930's, the narration still feels fresh even if the social codes have changed. This is unlike Dodie Smith's famous work, 101 Dalmatians, though, it is perhaps more like her plays, indeed, she even wrote a stage version of I CAPTURE THE CASTLE. It is an imminently readable and enchanting book.
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I Capture the Castle is definitely a keeper. The turns of phrase and witticisms were delightful. Cassandra's character was charming and believable, one could not help but wish her... Read morePublished 6 months ago by #redhead.with.book
When I was about 16 or so I found this book on my mother's bookshelves. I loved the book and have re-read it over the years. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2013 by J. Myers
I enjoyed the writing style, but could have done without some of the descriptions and the repetition. Still, a charming story and a fun read. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2013 by Darlene Jones
I Capture the Castle was a delight for almost the entire novel. Cassandra, a strong, resilient, and talented girl in her late teens, narrates the book through diary entries. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2012 by ahef1963
Not particularly impressed by this book. Picked it up because J.K. Rowling recommended it... As implied by my review, it seems like a Jane Austen novel set in the 1930s, narrated... Read morePublished on April 20 2011 by Book E. Worm
What a joy! This is my favourite book of all time. Beautifuly written!.Published on Nov. 10 2007 by N. R.
After reading the latest reviews on Amazon I felt obliged to write my own review.
This is a wonderful book. It reads very easily and the story is a joy to follow. Read more
okay, personally, i really didn't like this novel. Sorry Dodie, but i just coldn't get past the first 7 chapters...it got really boring. Read morePublished on July 1 2005 by Hannah