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ISBN13: 9780312201654
ISBN10: 0312201656
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Staff Pick

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.
Recommended by Kathi, Powells.com

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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.

Review:

"I Capture the Castle is finally back in print. It should be welcomed with a bouquet of roses and a brass band. Ever since I was handed a tattered copy years ago with the recommendation 'You'll love it,' it has been one of my favorite novels. Cassandra Mortmain is one hell of a narrator, offering sharp wit, piercing insight and touching lyricism. She is a heroine we readers wish we could be, a young woman it is impossible not to adore." Susan Isaacs

Review:

"Dreamy and funny...an odd, shimmering timelessness clings to its pages. A thousand and one cheers for its reissue. A+" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"It is an occasion worth celebrating when a sparkling novel, a work of wit, irony and feeling is brought back into print after an absence of many years. So uncork the champagne for I Capture the Castle." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"It's as fresh as if it were written this morning and as classic as Jane Austen. I'm very happy to have met it." Donald Westlake

Review:

"Much more fun than the reader has any right to expect." The Weekly Standard

Review:

"This book has one of the most charismatic narators I've ever met." J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series

Synopsis:

"A delicious, compulsively readable novel about young love and its vicissitudes. What fun!" Erica Jong

Synopsis:

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.

Bonus: Reading Group Discussion Guide included in this edition

About the Author

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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Anne Schuessler, January 16, 2013 (view all comments by Anne Schuessler)
I know it's a classic, but I only read it this year and was simply amazed. Just a few pages in I knew it was my favorite book of 2012.

A simple story of a family who barely get by living in the castle whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of two young American heirs next door. A bit Jane Austen, a bit Downton Abbey and something entirely else, I fell in love with this book.
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Gwen Ellis, September 3, 2012 (view all comments by Gwen Ellis)
This is a fun read. Who of us hasn't wanted to live in an old castle somewhere in the world and write books and keep a journal? That's where Cassandra lives and writes in her journal. Her father is a one-time wonder who wrote a book called Jacob Wrestling. That book is the catalyst for much that happens in this book including intrigue, love, betrayal, delight and discouragement. Whether Cassandra and her siblings are trying to survive with barely enough worldly goods to scrape by or enjoying the abundance that comes when they meet their American landlords who are thoroughly impressed by Cassandra's father's writing achievements, the story moves along with good humor. It's an easy read that will whisk you away to far away England where you'll get to know and love all the characters in the book.
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ittymonkey, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by ittymonkey)
I absolutely love this book. Cassandra is such a lovely character, and i can completely relate with her, she seems so real. Its such a perfectly written book, one of my very favorites.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312201654
Author:
Smith, Dodie
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
England
Subject:
Castles
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
FIC045000
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
208645
Publication Date:
19990331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 3 line drawings
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.28 x 5.51 x 0.96 in

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Product details 352 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312201654 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.

"Review" by , "I Capture the Castle is finally back in print. It should be welcomed with a bouquet of roses and a brass band. Ever since I was handed a tattered copy years ago with the recommendation 'You'll love it,' it has been one of my favorite novels. Cassandra Mortmain is one hell of a narrator, offering sharp wit, piercing insight and touching lyricism. She is a heroine we readers wish we could be, a young woman it is impossible not to adore."
"Review" by , "Dreamy and funny...an odd, shimmering timelessness clings to its pages. A thousand and one cheers for its reissue. A+"
"Review" by , "It is an occasion worth celebrating when a sparkling novel, a work of wit, irony and feeling is brought back into print after an absence of many years. So uncork the champagne for I Capture the Castle."
"Review" by , "It's as fresh as if it were written this morning and as classic as Jane Austen. I'm very happy to have met it."
"Review" by , "Much more fun than the reader has any right to expect."
"Review" by , "This book has one of the most charismatic narators I've ever met."
"Synopsis" by , "A delicious, compulsively readable novel about young love and its vicissitudes. What fun!" Erica Jong
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

Bonus: Reading Group Discussion Guide included in this edition

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