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I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
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Aug 23, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: classics, books-made-into-movies
Recommended to Cara by: Valerie
Recommended for: Jane Austen fans
Read in September, 2009

Cassandra is a 17 year old girl living in a castle. Sounds romantic doesn't it? Not so much when you find out that she and her family are literally dirt poor. Things change for her family though when the Cottons come. Before you know it the plot thickens and you can't turn back. I'm itching to say more about it, but I'm afraid if I do I might give things away. Surprised is the first word I thought when I was finished. A good surprise. The beginning seems innocent enough and really does have that Austen feel to it, but as we go along the tone changes. Not in a bad way, but more mature.

There are too many wonderful quotes from this book. I stopped and actually contemplated over some of the things said. Cassandra is so insightful that it's hard to believe she really is only 17 in the beginning of the book. I loved her though. She may not do always do the best or right thing, but since you read her innermost thoughts you "get" her so to speak. Everybody isn't what they seem but at the same time they are. You learn everything through her eyes and with her you agonize and rejoice. It simply takes you in.

It was so fun to see the American references, and to see how the English saw them at that time. There is one moment in the book where she is noticing how Neil (one of the Cottons) cuts his food. It's very complicated and I doubt that Americans would have gone through all the trouble with manners, but then again I didn't live in those times. The book feels very modern, which shocked me since it was written so long ago. Though it still has that wonderful old time feel with all the descriptions of England and the etiquette then. The reason why I knocked off a star was because through out a lot of the book Cassandra is really down and acting silly over being heartbroken. Though this is realistic I don't go for book that have a lot of that and it annoyed me a little bit.

I learned from one of my goodread friends (thanks again Haley for the info) that there is a movie to this book. Totally going to watch it, and I have very high expectations for the Stephen character. He better be drop dead gorgeous.
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Quotes Cara Liked

Dodie Smith
“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”
Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle


Reading Progress

08/26/2009 page 29
8.45% "I want to physically eat for these people!" 2 comments
09/04/2009 page 352
100% "Lots of insight in this one."
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message 1: by Haley (new) - added it

Haley Oh! I'm so jealous! I've been trying to get my hands on a copy forever. I loved the movie so much.


Cara I had no idea there was a movie! I'm gonna have to look into that. My sister actually picked it up because they suggest it to Jane Austen fans so I thought I'd give it a go. I'll make sure to tell you what I thought about it:)


message 3: by Haley (new) - added it

Haley Don't worry, Stephen will NOT dissapoint. It's Henry Cavill when he was like seventeen and he's SO beautiful...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPcxTE...


Cara Good to know:)


Valerie I'm definitely going to finish the book now. Great review!


message 6: by Cara (last edited Sep 05, 2009 08:12PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Cara Thanks Valerie :)


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