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.
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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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.
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.
Seventeen-year-old Althea is the sole support of her entire family, and she must marry well. But there are few wealthy suitors--or suitors of any kind--in their small Yorkshire town of Lesser Hoo. Then, the young and attractive (and very rich) Lord Boring arrives, and Althea sets her plans in motion. There's only one problem; his friend and business manager Mr. Fredericks keeps getting in the way. And, as it turns out, Fredericks has his own set of plans . . . This witty take on the classic Regency--Patrice Kindl's first novel in a decade--is like literary champagne!
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