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I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle
CSA WORD, Audio Cassette, 14 April, 2003
Authors: Dodie Smith, Emilia Fox
ISBN: 1901768678
Features: Audiobook
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I Capture the Castle is the next book on my favorite's list!
I am currently reading a book called I Capture the Castle, by
Dodie Smith, which is has a wonderfully-charasmatic narrator and a great story. It's written as a diary of a 17-year old girl named Cassandra who lives with her nutty family in a half-falling-apart castle.

Her 21-year-old sister, Rose, is gorgeous, but very gloomy because she says that there are no men to meet or
marry. Rose hates it that the family is poor, and says, "I'd marry the devil himself if he had money!"

Cassandra's father wrote a hit book called Jacob's Wrestling that sold a lot before they moved into the castle, but something awful happened that Cassandra's mother (she died about five years ago) said may have
just traumatized the writing out of him. Anyways, he hasn't written for at least ten years and all he does is sit in his room and read mystery stories and lay around doing nothing. No one really knows if he's writing or not, but it seems that he's given up trying to.

Cassandra's step-mother, who insists that her real name is Topaz, has jobs posing for artists, usually nude, and is rather famous for it. Rose sometimes hates her for whatever reason, but Topaz can be quite motherly, other than the fact that she doesn't care in the least bit about taking off her clothes, and sometimes, at night, stands on top of the mound near the castle, nude.

Cassandra's brother, Thomas, is fifteen and attends the nearby school. He seems to be very shy.

Stephen works (not exactly as a worker, because he has been accepted into their house like a member of the family) in the Mortmaine's house (their last name), and "is devoted to Cassandra", as her father puts it. Stephen occasionally copies down poems from a famous poet and gives it to her. I'm not sure if he thinks that Cassandra knows that he hasn't written the poems himself, but she does. Anyways, he's
very sweet, and goes out of his way to buy things for Cassandra without her even asking.

CASSANDRA is an aspiring writer who is using this book as a sort of a diary to tell us about her crazy family and the adventures that she has with them, and with the castle.

Everybody should read this book! Once you start, you can't put down the funny adventures that Rose and Cassandra have together, and great details of the castle. Read it!

I love this book. Cassandra has such a strong voice that shines through every page, she feels just like a real person. I love her. I want to hug her, I want to be her and I want to be her friend. I was so sad to close the book for the last time I'd ever explore that book. The first time is always the best time but it's the kind of book you read and read and read again.

I can't explain it, I can't tell you what it's about apart from the journal of a girl on the point of womanhood. It sounds cliched, but it's not I promise you. It's a fantastic story with beautiful scenery and lovely characters and a wondeful sense of belonging.

If you read this, you'll find your home within these pages. Cassandra leaps out from the print and she grabs you and takes you with her. She becomes real - she will forever remain real to me.

She is the female heroine of all books. To me, she stands above all and I loved this book.

Loved. I'm so in love with this book I can't explain it coherently. It's the best single book in the world.

Idyllic and impossible to match.
This is one of my favourite books in the world; the way smith writes as Cassandra captures (not meant to be a pun) the whole rose-tinted, idyliic fantasy that poeple imagine when they think of England, like Pride and Prejudice does, and any Noel Streatfield, and in some places it captures images of what Evelyn Waugh would have been like if he had written for children, i think. Therefore, because of this discernible taste of individuality and optimism (Cassandra always believes that her father can be saved and Rose is very definite that she will marry a rich, good-looking man who will sweep her off her feet,) there could never be a sequel as an early reviewer suggested, purely because the essence of the book, narrative and characters would be lost. It would become too English, or the view of England that people not in the country have of it (Smith wrote the story whilst gripped by homesickness during her 14 year "exile" to California,)and the tangible sense of Cassandra's character would be lost to another person's interpretation. In a similar way, this is why i don't feel that the film was good. Garai's interpretation made Cassandra appear to weak, whereas I'd always found her quite strong and quirky, more like Lizzy Bennett than Fanny Price and Simon just wasn't right. Becasue the book appeals so individually to so many different types of people, films rarely work because imaginations are so varied (However, i did really like Joe Wright's Pride and Prejudice.) That is where the book's success comes from though, it gives food to everyone and free rein to all imaginations and therefore does not patronize or preach. That is why it is so fantastic and why i am giving it to best friend tomorrow for her 18th birthday.

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