I Capture The Castle

by Dodie Smith

St. Martin's Press | June 15, 1999 | Trade Paperback |

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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.

Bonus: Reading Group Discussion Guide included in this edition

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: June 15, 1999

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312201656

ISBN - 13: 9780312201654

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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I Capture The Castle

I Capture The Castle

by Dodie Smith

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: June 15, 1999

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312201656

ISBN - 13: 9780312201654

From the Publisher

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.

Bonus: Reading Group Discussion Guide included in this edition

About the Author

Dorothy Gladys "Dodie" Smith, born in 1896 in Lancashire, England, was one of the most successful female dramatists of her generation. She wrote Autumn, Crocus, and Dear Octopus, among other plays. I Capture the Castle, her first novel, was written in the 1940s while she was living in America. An immediate success, it marked her crossover from playwright to novelist, and was produced as a play in 1954. Smith also wrote the novels The Town in Bloom, It Ends with Revelations, 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. She died in 1990.

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Call it Jane Austen meets My So-Called Life, set in 1930s Suffolk. The castle in question is the crumbling, unlikely home of 17-year old Cassandra Mortmain, who seeks to "capture" its essence in a journal -- her fledgling effort to become a writer like her father. Or rather, unlike her father. William Mortmain hasn't written a line in 12 years, but he remains a literary cult figure. But after a violent scene which landed him in prison for three months, his talent seems to have dried up and with it, the family's fortunes. The ruined Norman castle is a romantic but dreary place for a family, even one as mixed-up as the Mortmains. Aside from observant but ingenuous Cassandra, there is her beautiful sister Rose, intelligent brother Thomas, their stepmother Topaz -- a bohemian artist's model -- and handsome house boy Stephen, who is in love with Cassandra. This unusual family scrapes by in this implausible edifice, without any real hope of improving their situation. When Rose makes a joking pact with the Devil to find a husband and a pair of wealthy American brothers stumble into their lives, the family is thrown into further disarray. Suddenly a plot is hatched to get Rose married to the heir and the cerebral foreigners are riling the unstable father into exerting himself socially and intellectually again. As the relationships between these wildly complex and fascinating characters form, dissolve and re-form again, the novel twists its way through a
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Editorial Reviews

"This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I''ve ever met. Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain captures the castle in her insightful, witty journal entries."--Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling

"What a lovely book is I Capture the Castle. It''s as fresh as if it were written this morning, and as classic as Jane Austen. I''m very happy to have met it."--Donald E. Westlake

"A delicious, compulsively readable novel about young love and its vicissitudes. What fun!"--Erica Jong

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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