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I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle
Author: Dodie Smith
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 th...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312316167
ISBN-10: 031231616X
Publication Date: 4/1/2003
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 67 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
I loved, loved, loved this novel. It is written from the point of view of a teenager, but contrary to my fears, I found Cassandra's concerns, excitements, and anxieties to be endearing and realistic. In fact, I believe she will become one of my favorite characters--rather reminds me of Elizabeth Bennet. In fact, comparing this novel to Jane Austen is not far off the mark--with an honest, sparky heroine surrounded by wealthy bachelors, quirky family characters, and a plot filled with will-he-or-won't-he social situations. Do not let the 1948 pub date put you off, Cassandra is a very modern and honest narrator.
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved this book. The narrator is so fresh, amusing, and although perhaps somewhat consciously naive, I enjoyed reading her journal, even if I wasn't absolutely satisfied by the ending.
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Once in a while you'll come across a book that really resounds with you and stays on your mind for days after you've read it. I CAPTURE THE CASTLE is this type of book. Cassandra is a wonderfully witty and thoughtful narrator, the early-twentieth-century equivalent of Jessica Darling, for fans of Megan McCafferty's writings. It's hard to put this book down, and Cassandra will be a protagonist you will want to emulate and be friends with.
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What a wonderful book! I found that I couldn't put it down. The book was well written, easy to read, and the scenes were described so well that I could see every little detail and feel the emotions of the characters. Goes to show that emotions and feelings of the human race are the same, no matter what era we live.
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An absolutely delightful read! Beautifully written, well-paced, the characters deeply drawn. When the book ended,there was no "happily ever after ending" but the opening of a new chapter in the main character's life that left me wishing for a sequel.
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I thought this was a charming book. It was well-written, imaginative, and fun to read.
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excellent story about young love