I Capture the Castle

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Macmillan, 2003 - Fiction - 352 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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# 22 of 100 Classics Challenge I Capture The Castle By Dodie Smith 1948 This story is in the form of a journal, written by a 17 year old Cassandra Mortmain, who lives with her unusual and interesting ... Read full review

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The novel is presented as the writing journal of seventeen-year old Cassandra Mortmain, who is using it to practice her own form of speed-writing and learn how to write a novel. Her aspiration is to ... Read full review

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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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