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Rose longs for suitors and new tea dresses while Cassandra scorns romance: "I know all about the facts of life. And I don't think much of them." But romantic isolation comes to an end both for the family and for Cassandra's heart when the wealthy, adventurous Cotton family takes over the nearby estate. Cassandra is a witty, pensive, observant heroine, just the right voice for chronicling the perilous cusp of adulthood. Some people have compared I Capture the Castle to the novels of Jane Austen, and it's just as well-plotted and witty. But the Mortmains are more bohemian--as much like the Addams Family as like any of Austen's characters. Dodie Smith, author of 101 Dalmations, wrote this novel in 1948. And though the story is set in the 1930s, it still feels fresh, and well deserves its reputation as a modern classic. --Maria Dolan --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The book kept me wanting to continue to read on and on. very happy with the ending.Published 12 days ago by Carolyn Harmuth
This book was so good. The beginning had a little boring hump but once you get over it…
man. It's a beautiful story. Read more
I loved this book right up until the end. Amazingly well told, human and humane, funny, picturesque, romantic, with a demented father thrown in for good measure (or is he just a... Read morePublished 17 days ago by James Kenney
Never heard of the lady before this book (interesting lady). I was looking for a witty romantic farce.
This book was all that, but it defies category. Read more
17-year-old Cassandra begins her journals with her family living in the squalor of a dilapidated castle--just before they meet their new American neighbors, who will change their... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Juushika
A beautiful, memorable book. One I shall re- read and savor. A philosophical, romantic, bittersweet coming of age novel. Recommended.Published 23 days ago by Jo
There's not much I could say that would do this beautiful art justice. The writing is poetic. The story is so simple yet presented with such incredible beauty. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kate
This is as lovely a book as you can imagine. I had never heard of it before and only found it by poking around some links on the internet. I am so glad I did! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jill Giovan