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Preview — I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
I Capture the Castle
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...more
I hadn't ever heard of I Capture the ...more
The story is so charming! I especially like how the main character, Cassandra, appreciated food because of her poverty. Favorites:
-I shouldn't think even millionaires could eat anything nicer than new bread and real butter and honey for tea.
-But I did like the restaurant; most of the people eating there were unusually ugly, but the food was splendid. We had.... We were gloriously bloat.
-...ham with mustard is a meal of glory.
There was a formal dinner party where Cassan ...more
It's got a playful tone, yet is almost relentlessly dreary outside the narrative itself; possibly because Cassandra is too young to ...more
I don’t really want to write anymore, I just want to lie here and think. But there is something I want to capture. It has to do with the feeling I had when I watched the Cottons coming down the lane, the queer separate feeling. I like seeing people when they can’t see me. I have often looked at our family through lighted windows and they seem quite different, a bit the way rooms seen in looking glasses do. I can’t get the feelings into words-it slipped away when I tried to capture it
As she sits ...more
As I flip through others reviews though, I'm rather shocked to read that many people believed/hoped that 'I Capture' was a romance. It isn't. The ending isn't accidental or vague. (Yes it leaves possibilities... But that is part ...more
Well, "I Capture the C ...more
I bought 'Castle' in 2002 after reading a review on amazon that said it was a "dark flip side" of Elizabeth Bowen's The Death of the Hea ...more
On the edition I have there’s a quote from J.K. Rowling which says "This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I’ve ever met" and I certainly have to agree with her.
I Capture the Castle is written in diary form and our narrator is seventeen-year-old Cassandra who wants to become a writer someday and after her rather unsuccessful attempts at writing her own poetry she decides to teach herself how to write a novel by keeping a diary. She tells us at the beg ...more
To sum up the book, it is basically a coming of age story that takes place in the the 1930's. The story is told through the main character, Ca ...more
This is one of those books that most reviewers would call "delightful". I could imagine many would sit around reading it feeling giddy and de ...more
I think this is ...more
Okay, it's been more than a week since I finished this. But I believe I still remember what I was going to say about it. So, that's good. When books are bad I tend to forget what I was going to say about them. But, that's not the case here.
This is a lovely and enjoyable book. I mean, look––J.K. Rowling likes it! Of course it's good!
To give a brief summary ... Our main character is 17-year-old Cassandra. She and her sist ...more
This story is Cassandra's, and she tells her family's story, beginning in early spring and ending in early fall, entirely through her journal entries. Cassandra is 17, aspires to be a writer, and her journal is a way for her to hone her s ...more
Nick Carraway, the narrator and protagonist of The Great Gatsby describes Jay Gatsby, all his excesses and his hangers on with a sense of detachment and mild amusement. Cassandra, the narrator and protagonist of I Capture the Castle takes the same approach with ...more
2012, April 8
I don't actually remember when I first read this, and I'm afraid I can't narrow it down much more than "in the last 20 years". Oh, but it remains wonderful. I picked it up because it has a castle, and a moat, and I was struck by the idea of a moat on Friday. Sometimes the only way to purge a brain worm is to just wallow in it.
However long it's been, it wasn't exactly as I remembered it. There was much more about the family's being broke, and hungry, than I recalled, a ...more
"I know of few novels - except Pride and Prejudice - that inspire as much fierce lifelong affection in their readers." -Joanna Trollope
"This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever m ...more
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