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.
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.
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.
smartchick.nina, February 5, 2011 (view all comments by smartchick.nina)
This book was so much fun! It's so picturesque and beautiful, and the way it's written: through Cassandra's diary entries: is so honest that you feel like she's a real person. The story is a real romance but also a coming of age. (I've read Nicholas Sparks and I can tell you that this is a million times better.)
With echoes of Austen and Brontë but more character and personality, this is going to be one of your favorites. It's one of mine!
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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.
by Susan Isaacs,
"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."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"Dreamy and funny...an odd, shimmering timelessness clings to its pages. A thousand and one cheers for its reissue. A+"
by Los Angeles Times,
"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."
by Donald Westlake,
"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."
by The Weekly Standard,
"Much more fun than the reader has any right to expect."
by J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series,
"This book has one of the most charismatic narators I've ever met."
"A delicious, compulsively readable novel about young love and its vicissitudes. What fun!" Erica Jong
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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