I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle

Paperback - 1999
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The story of 17-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in an English castle, "I Capture the Castle" is as brightly witty and adventuresome today as it was when it was first published 50 years ago. Illustrations. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1999, c1976.
ISBN: 9780312993023
0312993021
Characteristics: 364 pages ;,18 cm.

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Kirb
Jan 27, 2021

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minor_cat Jan 13, 2021

A book I reread as often as I reread Jane Austen, and with such a similar way of observing women in the world. Delightful.

takeclare Jan 09, 2021

A vivid, funny, melancholic and thoughtful portrait of a family in early-twentieth century England. Narrated via the diary entries of Cassandra Mortmain, her's is the voice that enchants this novel - her wry, thoughtful, intelligent and amusing perspectives on the vagaries of fate faced by her family are enduringly compelling. A joy to read, I Capture the Castle is a poignant exploration of a young woman learning to observe herself, and the world she inhabits.

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arrol
Aug 02, 2020

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islandteacher27
Jun 27, 2020

The first of the pandemic list novels that was a dud.

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phyllis94941
Jun 02, 2020

This book was so highly praised that I kept reading way beyond when I would normally give up and give it away. In fact, I actually finished it because I was sure it would be getting better in just a page or two and all those 5 and 4 star reviewers couldn't be wrong. This is a book that you either love or you don't like it at all. I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 star because "it was OK." But i wouldn't recommend it.

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norma777
Mar 15, 2020

À charming story of an eccentric family living in extreme poverty in a run down castle. The arrival of 2 brothers from the USA changes life for their family. Jane Austen fans will like this. Several interesting characters have strong story lines with unexpected twists and turns. A lovely light read.

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darladoodles
Nov 01, 2019

View life in a crumbling castle through the eyes of 17-year-old Cassandra. She is writing in her journal to improve her writing skills. Meanwhile her family goes through some drastic changes after meeting the Americans who move in next door. This classic tale brings to mind Pride & Prejudice, but also has a early 20th century feel to it with automobiles and gramophones. At times heartwarming and at others heartbreaking. You can't read this book without falling in love with our dauntless narrator.

DBRL_KrisA Aug 17, 2019

First published in 1948, but the book is written in such good, plain, non-affected English that I assumed it to have been written just a few years ago. Enjoyable characters - Mortmain, Topaz, Leda Fox-Cotton, the Vicar. Reference is made in the book to Jane Austen, and this is so very much a Jane Austen type book, with added elements of Downton Abbey, and a little Agatha Christie - not the mystery part, but just the small-English-village part.

Thing I learned after reading this book: Dodie Smith was the author of, among other things, the children's story that Disney's 101 Dalmatians is based on.

IndyPL_SteveB May 21, 2019

A wonderful novel with a charming narrator. One of those fascinating surprises that you run into; I am most pleased because I’ve never read anything else like it.

In 1932, 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain’s family lives in a house built on the side of a partially collapsed English castle. Her father was once a famous author but hasn’t written anything in years and now has no income. The family is in near desperate poverty, only making ends meet with the help of a live-in teen handyman that they took in when his mother died. Cassandra’s beautiful older sister Rose is desperate to marry someone and escape the castle’s poverty; so when Simon, the young man who has inherited the manor house of the family which owns the castle, shows up to see the property, Rose and Cassandra plot to get Simon to marry Rose.

The most remarkable thing about the book is watching this entire story through the eyes of Cassandra as she writes it all in her journal. The telling lets us see into the thoughts of a real person, as she firmly makes statements on life, then sees that they are naïve, then proceeds to upgrade her statements into slightly more mature – but equally wrong-headed – philosophical declarations. The writing is lyrical and enthusiastic and emotional; but always super descriptive, so you really know the people around her and the locations in which they live. The title is not about war; it is her attempt to “capture” the life and appearance of the castle *in words* in her journal.

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