Cassandra Mortmain is no ordinary teenager. She belongs to an extraordinary family including a father suffering from writer's block and a lute-playing stepmother, Topaz, who communes with nature near the wild, tumble-down castle that is their home.
Cassandra's diary reveals how their lives are changed forever two American brothers arrive to lay claim, not only to their home, but also their hearts.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 17/01/1991
- Category: Romance
- ISBN: 9780099845003
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Review by LibraryLou
I recommend all teenage girls read this book, I loved it.
Review by soliloquies
Strangely modern coming of age novel. The narrator, Cassandra, is engaging and you really want things to turn out well for her. From the family's impoverishment she learns that money is not necessary everything and begins to develop as a personality in her own right. Very easy to read.
Review by isabelx
Although I have read both "101 Dalmatians" and its sequel "The Starlight Barking", I had never heard of "I Capture the Castle" before seeing it recommended on a LiveJournal book community. When I found out that a film based on the book wa due out, I decided that I'd better get round to reading the book first. I'm glad I did because it is a wonderful book and I'm really surprised that I had never heard of it.Seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family live in an old house built into the wall of a ruined castle in the 1930s, and she captures both the castle and her poverty-stricken, bohemian family in the diary she is keeping in order to practise her writing skills. Cassandra is a very engaging heroine and the story of her eccentric family and their relationship with the Americans who inherit the castle avoids most of the clichés that you might expect after Cassandra compares her family to the Bennets in Pride and Prejudice. I won't go into that further as I'm trying to avoid spoilers.Family sagas and coming-of-age novels are the sorts of book that I would normally read once and then give away, but I'll be keeping "I Capture the Castle" to read again.
Review by skwoodiwis
I Capture the CastleBy Dodie SmithFantastic, fantastic, fantastic book. I was recommended this book because I loved “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” Both books are very very very different but both equally wonderful.The writing style is easy to move into - Ms Smith’s words flow as if you are with someone whom you know and her characters are not characters but real people, real emotions, real troubles, real joys. I read this book and then my mother read it right after. We agreed on so much (as we often do) and we disagreed on one character (as we often do). I liked Mortmain – Mr. Mortmain – Cassandra’s father. Like him. Mother did not. Mother is very practical – I’m not. My mother has been married to my father for almost 50 years – I’ve been married. Ah well that’s that I guess. I’m glad she doesn’t like him and she’s resigned to the fact that that I do. But that’s the joy of reading really – sharing books, sharing opinions and I suppose that is why my mother and I are best friends – we’ve always read together – from the vilest erotic text to the driest history we could find…I digressWe loved the book – she was as equally in love with the book as I and all of the characters. Yes even Mr. Mortmain, simply because without him (and she disliked him) where would the story be – well there would be no story. But in any case what we loved the most was the ending – which was really no ending in the sense of a conclusion – but an ending of a childhood – an embrace of adulthood and the joys and the sorrows that evokes. I feel as if I’ve just said that the joys and the sorrows…No matter the book was great – and yes, I’ll read this one again.
Review by humblewomble
A book you appreciate at so many different levels depending on what age you are. I love Cassandra.
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