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I Capture the Castle

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ISBN13: 9780312316167
ISBN10: 031231616x
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An utter delight. This enchanting tale has long been a favorite of mine. It has just been reissued to coincide with the soon to be released movie version. Set in 1930s England, this story of young love beguiles with moated castles, moonlight swims, high humor and a complete cast of British eccentrics.
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Now a major motion picture from the Academy Award-winning producer of Shakespeare in Love

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.

Synopsis:

The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy of Lesser Hoo, Yorkshire, has one goal: to train its students in the feminine arts with an eye toward getting them married off. This year, there are five girls of marriageable age. Theres only one problem: the school is in the middle of nowhere, and there are no men.  Set in the same English town as Keeping the Castle, and featuring a few of the same characters, heres the kind of witty tribute to the classic Regency novel that could only come from the pen of Patrice Kindl!

Synopsis:

Now a major motion picture from the Academy Award-winning producer of Shakespeare in Love

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.

About the Author

Dorothy Gladys "Dodie" Smith, was born in 1896 in Lancashire, England, and she was one of the most successful female dramatists of her generation. She wrote "Autumn", "Crocus", and "Dear Octopus", among other plays, but her first novel, I Capture the Castle (Little Brown, 1948) was written when she lived in America during the '40s and marked her crossover debut from playwright to novelist. the novel became an immediate success and was produced as a play in 1954. Her other novels were The Town in Bloom, It Ends with Revelations, A Tale of Two Families, and The Girl in the Candle-Lit Bath. Today, however, she is best known for her stories for young readers, The Hundred and One Dalmations (Heinemann, 1956) and The Starlight Barking (Heinemann, 1967; Simon & Schuster, 1968). The Hundred and One Dalmations was inspired by Dodie's own Dalmation named Pongo, and became the basis of two Disney films. The Starlight Barking is also available in paperback from St. Martin's press. Dodie Smith died in 1990.

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Emily Cab, August 19, 2013 (view all comments by Emily Cab)
For those who love Jane Austen or whose favorite childhood book was along the lines of Harriet the Spy or The Ordinary Princess, I Capture the Castle is a must-read, whether you're 12, 22, or 72. I never read this as a kid but wish that I had, and I'm sure I'll read it many more times. Cassandra, the precocious teenage narrator, is witty and engaging and writes about her family's socioeconomic situation and her own trials and joys through a uniquely romantic but self-aware lens. This is a great coming-of-age story that inspires without being condescending and has just enough of an open ending to keep you wondering.
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PittsburghWriter, September 10, 2009 (view all comments by PittsburghWriter)
This is the rare "teen" classic that adults can enjoy- and fails to deliver a trite, syrupy ending. For that reason alone, it was worth the read. Add to that the well-drawn characters, the fully developed setting, and a plot that draws in the reader, and I have to give it five stars. I read it for the first time at 32, and loved it dearly.
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salamander, September 8, 2009 (view all comments by salamander)
I was captured by the very first paragraph. It has been some years since I read it, but I can still picture the setting quite clearly. In fact I feel as if I have been there. The story has more than a hint of Jane Austen, yet casts its own spell.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312316167
Author:
Smith, Dodie
Publisher:
Thomas Dunne Books
Author:
Kindl, Patrice
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
England
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Castles
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Girls & Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
GTR-566
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes black-and-white drawings
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 272 pages Thomas Dunne Books - English 9780312316167 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

An utter delight. This enchanting tale has long been a favorite of mine. It has just been reissued to coincide with the soon to be released movie version. Set in 1930s England, this story of young love beguiles with moated castles, moonlight swims, high humor and a complete cast of British eccentrics.

"Synopsis" by ,
The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy of Lesser Hoo, Yorkshire, has one goal: to train its students in the feminine arts with an eye toward getting them married off. This year, there are five girls of marriageable age. Theres only one problem: the school is in the middle of nowhere, and there are no men.  Set in the same English town as Keeping the Castle, and featuring a few of the same characters, heres the kind of witty tribute to the classic Regency novel that could only come from the pen of Patrice Kindl!
"Synopsis" by ,
Now a major motion picture from the Academy Award-winning producer of Shakespeare in Love

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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