I Capture the Castle

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Macmillan, 1948 - Fiction - 343 pages

One of the 20th Century's most beloved novels is still winning hearts!

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 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 castle"-- and the heart of the reader-- in one of literature's most enchanting entertainments.

“This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met.” -- J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series

 

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This was my second read. Particularly the first five or so chapters, the book is strongly carried by our wonderful narrator, Cassandra Mortmain, a 17-year-old who calls a centuries-old castle in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pferdina - LibraryThing

Story set in the 1930s. A young woman and her family inhabit a crumbling castle in the country. Her father wrote a popular book but hasn't produced anything more so they are living by selling the furniture. It's a coming of age story. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
71
Section 3
96
Section 4
131
Section 5
158
Section 6
199
Section 7
225
Section 8
258
Section 9
291
Section 10
319
Section 11
Section 12
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Dorothy Gladys "Dodie" Smith (1895-1990), born in Lancashire, England, was one of the most successful female dramatists of her generation. She wrote Autumn, Crocus, and Dear Octopus, among other plays. She wrote her first novel, I Capture the Castle, in the 1940s while living in America. An immediate success, it marked her crossover from playwright to novelist. Smith also wrote The Town in Bloom, A Tale of Two Families, and The Girl in the Candle-Lit Bath, but she is best known today as the author of two highly popular stories for young readers: The Hundred and One Dalmatians and The Starlight Barking.

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