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text ð I Capture the Castle Õ Dodie Smith Through six turbulent months of 1934 17 year old Cassandra Mortmain keeps a journal filling three notebooks with sharply funny y This is going to be the shortest review I've written on this site in a while The reason I'm going to keep it short is because no description could possibly do justice to this uintessentially English coming of age story which ranks among the most pleasant surprises I've had book wise A summary would make it sound slight trite and predictable all of which it is and would not reflect the fact that it's also funny as hell charismatic deliciously eccentric Austenesue and so utterly charming that I uite literally had sore cheeks after reading it because I couldn't stop smiling at the delightful nonsense the incomparable Cassandra Mortmain spilled out on the pages I'm not exaggerating here this book will charm the pants off you especially if you happen to have two X chromosomes and a bad case of Anglophilia It's what would happen if an early twentieth century Jane Austen were to grow up in a dilapidated castle and get into financial trouble and that's all I'm going say about it except that I want to be Cassandra Mortmain when I grow down Only I think I'll write my book on a computer rather than sitting in the kitchen sink because it would be so much comfortable thank you very much

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doc ä I Capture the Castle ☆ Hardcover read Ì moneyexpresscard ☆ Through six turbulent months of 1934 17 year old Cassandra Mortmain keeps a journal filling three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries about her home a ruined Suffolk castle and her eccentric and penniless family By t Et poignant entries about her home a ruined Suffolk castle and her eccentric and penniless family By the time the last diary shu 299 Kindle sale May 1 2020 4 stars Recommended if you like historical coming of age fiction I had never heard of I Capture the Castle until a friend gave it an extremely strong recommendation Dodie Smith is the author of The 101 Dalmatians the original basis for the Disney movie and the only reason I was familiar with her name which I read many years ago and really enjoyedThis 1948 novel is about an intelligent 17 year old girl Cassandra Mortmain who lives in semi genteel but crushing poverty in mid 1930s England in a dilapidated castle Cassandra has ambitions of becoming an author like her father Her story is told in the form of her journal entries as she practices her writing skills to try to learn to “capture” the castle as well as the people in her life in her writingCassandra skillfully describes her father’s distance and failure to do anything to provide for the family her stepmother’s charm and eccentricity and her older sister Rose’s despair at their isolation and poverty But what broke my heart was her matter of fact descriptions of how their poverty affects their lives every day the too small worn out clothing the girls have to wear; her gratitude for having eggs along with bread and margarine for their evening meal; the way the girls trade off sleeping in the one comfortable bed in their room which hasn’t been sold only because it’s in such bad shape Rose the beautiful sister is grimly determined to escape from poverty even if she has to marry a man she doesn't love When two young American brothers move into town the older son Simon is the family’s new and wealthy landlord the Mortmains’ lives are all turned topsy turvy with love romance and secretsCassandra’s insights into own and others’ personalities and motivations are sharp and witty and occasionally even a little prophetic; I think the symbolism of her name from Greek mythology is deliberate although she misses at least one major secret that a member of her own family is hiding The characters are believable and human sometimes frustratingly so with their flaws I particularly wanted to smack Cassandra's father upside the head he's a well known author with one famous book to his credit but for the last ten years he's been struggling with a massive case of writer's block hiding away in his home office reading detective novels and working on crosswords while his family sells the furniture to survive I thought there were just a few missteps in the story the chain of unreuited love interests was pushing the boundaries of believability woman wants boy who loves girl who loves another guy who loves another girl who loves I guessed one big reveal at the end fairly early in the story Cassandra spends a chapter or two examining her views on religion and talking to the local vicar and then never mentions it again which made me wonder why it was included in the first placeBut these are minor flaws Cassandra is an enchanting character and a fantastic narrator surrounded by some unforgettable characters This is a lovely bittersweet novel that doesn't go for the easy resolution

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I Capture the CastleTs there have been great changes in the Mortmain household not the least of which is that Cassandra is deeply hopelessly in love Dear I Capture the CastleWhat to say what to say? Hard to put down all the feelings To put it simply you did everything right The characterization like flowers slowly blooming The story like seasons changing invisibly but inevitably The romance made both heartfelt and utterly often infuriatingly real The details oh the details I was put right into this world and right into Cassandra's head And the charm You are such a charming book so amusing and so sweet tempered yet with a certain saltiness as well and a sharp tang Head in the clouds; feet firmly planted on earth You are a love letter to the past and to writing and to what makes a home and to young people with all of their future ahead of them and older people who have all of their future ahead of them You are a love letter to love I fell in love with you in turn I would change nothing about you DEAR HATERSNO THIS IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE A YOUNG ADULT BOOK IT IS A BOOK ABOUT YOUNG ADULTS SOMETIMES THERE IS A DIFFERENCENO THIS BOOK IS NOT LIKE POND SCUM AND USING THAT DESCRIPTION FOR IT SAYS MORE ABOUT YOU THAN IT DOES ABOUT THE BOOKNO THE FATHER IS NEITHER SEXIST NOR ABUSIVE FOR CHRISSAKESYES ALL OF THE NUMEROUS AND OFTEN UIRKY DETAILS ARE THERE FOR A REASON THEY ARE THERE TO PUT THE READER IN CASSANDRA'S MIND AND INTO THE WORLD OF THE BOOK I'M SORRY YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT PLEASE STOP READING BOOKS LIKE THIS Dear FriendsIt is so very nice that we have this book in common I congratulate us on our mutual good taste Our ability to enter into a new world and experience new things and new people with patience and an open heart are all hallmarks of our exuisitely nuanced tender and subtle sensibilities as well as our sublime and near saintly powers of empathy People like us are as they say Simply The Best Now let's have a nice cup of tea together shall we?