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I Capture the Castle

By Dodie Smith & Jenny Han
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith & Jenny Han digital book - Fable

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“Every time I meet someone who also loves I Capture the Castle, I know we must be kindred spirits.” —from the new foreword by Jenny Han, the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

A beautiful, deluxe edition of Dodie Smith’s beloved novel, I Capture the Castle, featuring a new foreword by New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han, a stunning new cover, and designed endpapers that is perfect for devoted readers and those discovering this timeless story for the first time.

Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain and her family may live in a ramshackle old English castle, but that’s about as romantic as her life gets. While her beautiful older sister, Rose, longs to live in a Jane Austen novel, Cassandra knows that meeting an eligible man to marry isn’t in either of their futures when their home is crumbling and they have to sell their furniture for food. So Cassandra instead strives to hone her writing skills in her journals. Until one day when their new landlords move in, which include two (very handsome) sons, and the lives of the Mortmain sisters change forever.

Through Cassandra’s sharply funny, yet poignant, journal entries, she chronicles 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 novels.

“This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met.” —J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series

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155 Reviews

3.5
Expressionless Face“THIS BOOK was kind of a letdown for me. I loved the setting, I mean who wouldn’t love to live in a castle? There were some amusing happenings : the bear/ furcoats, locking dad in the dungeon. I think the whole classist, we have to get married so our family can survive motif irked me. Rose was so superficial, she bothered me. Also if Simon was so in love with Rose why did he lead Cassandra on? I didn’t feel the relationship between Neil and Rose at all. Cassandra overlooked the kindness of Steven and led him on. And I can’t even begin to know what was the deal with Topaz and the dad. The relationships made no sense. In the end it was quite unsatisfying for me.”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingBeautiful settingComing of ageUnsatisfying plot
Thumbs Up“I ended up enjoying this book more than I thought I would. It started out slow and I almost DNF-ed it because I was bored. But I pushed through and it got better. I had a love-hate relationship with most of the characters, especially Cassandra, but I thought her heart was in the right place - most of the time. I wished the ending was more of an ending but overall I did enjoy reading about Cassandra and her family and her insights. Check out the Novel Pairings podcast episode about this book for more in depth analysis: https://sites.libsyn.com/248390/i-capture-the-castle-by-dodie-smith-literary-nostalgia-and-light-summer-reads”
Descriptive writingComing of age
Thumbs Up“I enjoyed this book and I loved the voice of Cassandra. I was not a fan of Rose. Even when she got what she wanted in the end I felt like she was quite selfish. I would have liked a more definitive ending, but I guess we can imagine what happens to the characters.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDescriptive writingOriginal writingTwistyBeautiful settingRealistic setting
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Descriptive writingFunny writingOriginal writingImmersive settingComing of age
Slightly Smiling Face“I'm not a huge fan of open endings so I didnt really love this book, but I can see how others would. Cassandra is very lovable as are most of the characters, faults and all.”
Likable charactersDescriptive writingRealistic setting

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