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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.
I don't get all the hype over this book. It's slow, uneventful, and if I'd know the ending, I'd never have started. Read morePublished 20 days ago by hdpeters
A sophisticated tale that feels like the author's bid to compete with James Joyce and write a love story, all in one. Read morePublished 21 days ago by J. M. Massi
I liked the characters especially the quirky dad and quite Stephen. I felt the main character was likeable but a little to flaky that I found myself wondering how she ever made up... Read morePublished 1 month ago by fantasybookwurm
The young female protagonist was an interesting person, the rest of her family characters were either not developed adequately or merely horrid. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jan
It's a wonderful timeless romance and a book about the difficulty of writing .Published 1 month ago by Judith Blase