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
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
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
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
Opening: I write this sitting in the sink. That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining board, which I have padded with our dog's blanket and the tea-cosy.
What an antidote to Even The Dogs, and from the woman who wrote 101 dalmations no less. Opened this up after finishing the last few pages that were left over from Blood Sisters, just to have a...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
During that first reading I thought the whole romance/love plot was a waste of space - I wanted to read about the family, the castle, and the father's novel. (I was thrilled at the idea that a novel could consist of lists and crossword puzzles, rather than straight-forward prose.) R...more
I think Dodie Smith really accomplished something in making this a story about life and not a st...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
The little tidbits of humor were esp. enjoyable to me; sorry I can't find any examples.
The bits of philosophy were also somewhat interesting: "... the climate of richness must always be a little dulling to...more
A few more words: Whimsical, gorgeous, delicate, and so incredibly smart.
Cassandra Mortmain is just one of the most absolutely fantastic narrators to have ever been pinned down in a book. I Capture the Castle is her diary, and a splendid one. (Just having read it is making me want to use all the old-fashioned British-isms I know.) I really liked how every event was recorded after the fact and filtered through Cassandra’s bright and sparkly voice. She was cl...more
Cassandra was very observant and very aware of how much she didn't know. That may not make sense but its ho...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
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
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