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I Capture Castle Paperback – 2003

4.7 out of 5 stars 185 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Virago Press (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844080218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844080212
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 185 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,885,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wonderful read. It was recommended to me by a female friend, and although it took a number of years to read after the recommendation, I remembered her enthusiasm and finally picked it up. I was so glad that I did. Even as a male reader, it worked for me on every level--I laughed, I cried, and I'll remember it (along with my friend) forever. Thom
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This book is a captivating story of a seventeen year old girl coming of age and trying to come to terms with that. Beautifully written. I read this book for the first time when I was a teenager and every year, like clockwork, I read it again, and watch the movie.
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I was a little confused when I began reading the book because it seemed at once aimed at teenagers but written with adult sensibilities. Eventually, I just relaxed and let Cassandra, the seventeen-year-old narrator take me away. And she did it beautifully. I loved the quotidian simplicity of her world, her romantic bent of mind, her precociousness. I was lulled by the language and thrilled to be enjoying a book written seventy years ago. Until the last quarter of the book. It took a sharp turn that made me want to skim. Suddenly it seemed clearly written for teenagers. I couldn't swallow the romances that bloomed and faded. Then Cassandra stopped being endearing; she became shallow, fickle and immature. I almost gave the book 4 stars because of the delight I felt for most of the book, but the ending was just too disappointing.
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Format: Paperback
I set out on this book on tapes, I really cared about some of the characters and very much enjoyed the light sorry . . . than it got all muddled and ridiculous.
There is no ending . . . I repeat . . . there is no ending!! Its as if the author was told she had 5 minutes to finish the book and just puts a period any where.
The main character just ends up where she begins, like if she is 14 years old not 20, writing her journal with her cat and dog. The man who loves her becomes a film star, the man she she loved, is still in love with her sister. The cruel, violent, self centered father, becomes a success.
No wonder there is only a few books written by this author.
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Format: Paperback
I came across this book accidentally. My co-worker had it on the library reference desk. She said it was the next book in her book discussion group. After she told me a little about it I decided to read it. Then, I had second thoughts. So, I read reviews of it on Amazon. I still wasn't sure if I wanted to read it when I read that people said it was like Jane Austen would write if she was around today. Even though I'm a former English major and a librarian, I will commit the great heresy and admit I don't like Jane Austen. She's too hoity-toity for me. But, then, in a review I read the opening couple of sentences: "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." This is such a great and intriguing opening that I had to know what was going on. I'm glad I decided to read it. It is a delightful novel, especially describing the poverty the Mortmains experience living in the castle. (You don't associate living in a castle with poverty! That, right there, makes the book different.) I have to admit, it does rather read like a modern Jane Austen and yet I didn't mind all the talk about who loved whom and who was going to marry whom. I also enjoyed sharing the challenge of getting James Mortmain to go back to his writing. It's a very good read with interesting characters, including the castle itself. And, if you like romances, you will really like this book.
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Format: Paperback
Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, an aspiring author, is keeping a journal in which she chronicles her life in a ramshackle old English castle. Life is not easy for the Mortmains. Most of the family's possessions and furnishings have been sold off, they do without electricity, and there is barely enough to eat. In spite of all this, the family keeps a cheerful outlook and manages to get by, thanks in part to the generosity of the wealthy American Cotton family who has inherited the estate upon which the castle sits and who have taken the Mortmains under their wing.
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.
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