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Description - I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith

This wonderful novel tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her extraordinary family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Cassandra's eccentric father is a writer whose first book took the literary world by storm but he has since failed to write a single word and now spends most of his time reading detective novels from the village library. Cassandra's elder sister, Rose - exquisitely beautiful, vain and bored - despairs of her family's circumstances and determines to marry their affluent American landlord, Simon regardless of the fact she does not love him. She is in turns helped and hindered in this by their bohemian step-mother Topaz, an artist's model and nudist who likes to commune with nature. Finally there is Stephen, dazzlingly handsome and hopelessly in love with Cassandra. Amidst this maelstrom Cassandra strives to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries, which 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 heart of the reader in one of literature's most enchanting entertainments

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099460879
ISBN-10: 0099460874
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 26mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Vintage Classics
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 31-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith - Reviewed by (15 Jul 2011)

I capture the castle is a book written in journal form, by a young girl wittnesing life in a most extrodaniary way. The family is poor and Cassandra and her sister Rose are willing something to happen, anything really, and when the heirs to an old estate come to the village they thank the heavens. But do these American's have more to them than just looks and money? Slowly the whole family starts making ties with the new family that have arrived, and some ties are much harder to pick out, some ties run much, much deeper than anyone could have guessed.

I capture the castle is one of the best books ever written!


Author Biography - Dodie Smith

Dorothy Gladys 'Dodie' Smith was born in 1896 in Lancashire and she was one of the most successful female dramatists of her generation. Her first novel, I Capture the Castle, was written when she lived in America during the 1940's and marked her crossover debut from playwright to novelist. The novel became an immediate success and was produced as a play in 1954. She has written numerous other novels but is best known today for The Hundred and One Dalmatians, a story for younger readers. The Hundred and One Dalmatians became the basis of two Disney films.

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