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I Capture The Castle (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 5 Feb 2004
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"I know of few novels that inspire as much fierce lifelong affection in their readers" (Joanna Trollope)
"Everyone I've passed it on to has found it a hit - it works every time, for absolutely everybody" (Nigella Lawson)
"Smith rivals Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate series for 1930s toff charm" (Katy Guest The Independent)
"A deliciously evocative portrait of England" (Tasmina Perry Daily Mail)
"Dreamy and funny...an odd, shimmering timelessness clings to its pages. A thousand and one cheers for its reissue. A +" (Entertainment Weekly)
'This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met' J K RowlingSee all Product description
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It is very much a coming of age story, as the protagonist Cassandra develops from a selfish, naive young woman into someone slightly more understanding and mature. She is both intelligent and observant but is also an unreliable narrator at times, in a realistic way. The novel has a very poignant feel, but is also filled with humorous moments. I will always love this book
Told through the eyes of Cassandra, a girl on the brink of womanhood, trying to make sense of those around her and the emotions they invoke. Her world is turned on its head when the rightful heirs to the castle she calls home arrive from America.
How many modern young women, with three potential, handsome suitors before them could be quite as pragmatic or level-headed as cassandra; an utterly endearing female lead whose only desire in life seems to be the happiness and fulfilment of those around her.
Slightly slow to start, the story soon gains pace once the American arrive.
Recommended to anyone who wants to understand the magical years of the late 1930s (book was published in 1949, written in the Second Wolrd War, and evokes the England Dodie had left behind) - magical for those with money or at least 'distressed gentry'. A YA novel before its time.
I really enjoyed the writing style here, with the backward glance to the 30s. Cassandra who fancies herself a writer in her father's footsteps, continually fills her days and her notebooks with observations of the family, their visitors, Stephen who looks after the grounds and grows the vegetables on which they just about subsist, and her hopes and dreams of true love. There are some beautiful little scenes here, some really memorable phrases as the guileless Cassandra plots and worries about her sister Rose and her love-life. I enjoyed this very much.
It was beautifully written , honest and truly refreshing
I will certainly be recommending it for my ladies book club
The author paints vibrant pictures in your mind of "old" England and her eccentric family
Wonderful voice and such a parade of individuals. Certainly one to be savoured again.
My only question - how come I never knew about it when I was a child, as it would have fitted so wonderfully into what else I was reading at the time?
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