I Capture the Castle

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Macmillan, Mar 15, 1999 - Fiction - 352 pages
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I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who 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.

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Nice pace to the book. - LibraryThing
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Cassandra is an aspiring writer. - LibraryThing

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I can definitely see why this is a beloved classic. I was frustrated by how much of a fairy-tale it is but I still enjoyed how complex the characters are, and how much they grow. I give it credit for ... Read full review

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"I Capture the Castle" which is so very readable and charming, and which made me realize that people in the 1940s evidently felt the same way about the Victorians' interior decorating ideas that we feel about interior decorating from the 70s, now. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Dorothy Gladys "Dodie" Smith, born in 1896 in Lancashire, England, was one of the most successful female dramatists of her generation. She wrote Autumn, Crocus, and Dear Octopus, among other plays. I Capture the Castle, her first novel, was written in the 1940s while she was living in America. An immediate success, it marked her crossover from playwright to novelist, and was produced as a play in 1954. Smith also wrote the novels The Town in Bloom, It Ends with Revelations, A Tale of Two Families, and The Girl in the Candle-Lit Bath, but she is best known today as the author of two highly popular stories for young readers: The Hundred and One Dalmatians and The Starlight Barking. She died in 1990.

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