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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.
“This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met.” ―J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series
“Dreamy and funny . . . an odd, shimmering timelessness clings to its pages. A thousand and one cheers for its reissue. A+” ―Entertainment Weekly
“I Capture the Castle is finally back in print. It should be welcomed with a bouquet of roses and a brass band. Ever since I was handed a tattered copy years ago with the recommendation 'You'll love it,' it has been one of my favorite novels.” ―Susan Isaacs
“It is an occasion worth celebrating when a sparkling novel, a work of wit, irony, and feeling is brought back into print after an absence of many years. So uncork the champagne for I Capture the Castle.” ―Los Angeles Times
“A delicious, compulsively readable novel about young love and its vicissitudes. What fun!” ―Erica Jong
This book was very entertaining, witty and creative. I am a sucker for a happy ending and well....that's why I gave it a 4...Published 6 days ago by jenjcox6
This book is by Dodie Smith who wrote 101 Dalmatians...excellent story.Published 6 days ago by Vermont
A little gem of a book. A little old fashioned, but that is not a bad thing..Published 16 days ago by D. Coggin
I loved how practically every page had a deep, witty, insightful line or two. I feel like I should read it again just to copy down some of the quotes.Published 1 month ago by Chelsea
So I read the first half and thought it was great - I recommended it to a friend. Then, I finished it. It took a real nose-dive in the second half. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kelly
Got this classic that I read as a girl. This wonderful story has withstood time. I highly recommend it for any teenager. I reread it, and it's better than I remembered.Published 1 month ago by D. Frey
Very entertaining and cleverly written , as from the main character's standpoint. Brought lots of laughs and fun imagery.Published 1 month ago by Timothy Hepburn