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I Capture the Castle de Dodie Smith
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I Capture the Castle (original: 1948; edição: 2003)

de Dodie Smith

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A novel of an eccentric and impoverished English family whose home is a ruined 14th century castle. The story is presented in the form of a diary by the family's teen daughter.
Membro:KatieHafner
Título:I Capture the Castle
Autores:Dodie Smith
Informação:St. Martin's Griffin (2003), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 343 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:*****
Etiquetas:Nenhum(a)

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I Capture the Castle de Dodie Smith (1948)

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I have finally read this very old young adult classic, and glad that I did. A wonderfully different coming-of-age story for one impoverished English girl and her very interesting family. Cassandra Mortmain lives in the castle with her family, sister Rose, brother Thomas, father, who after publishing one successful novel, has a bad case of writer's block, stepmother, Topaz, an artist's model, and Stephen, the orphan child of their former maid, along with Abelard the cat, and Heloise the dog.

Into their impoverished lives in their drafty old castle come Simon and Neil Cotton, from America. Simon has inherited an estate and is now a wealthy man.

So many plot lines here: Rose determined to marry Simon so they can stop being so poor, the father who is negligent and depressed and even abusive, Stephen, who loves Cassandra, and seems like a wonderful choice, except she doesn't return his feelings, Neil who just wants to return to America and buy a ranch out west, and who seems to loathe Rose. And Cassandra, who falls unfortunately in love with Simon, who is pledged to her sister.

In first person, Cassandra paints a vivid portrait of their lives in the castle, with her sharp eye for everything around her. It is not a fast-paced novel; you have to enjoy descriptive writing. The real action doesn't happen til Rose and Simon become engaged. There is one hilarious scene involving a bear and a train station earlier on, that had me laughing out loud.

What I am curious about now is the author, Dodie Smith, who also wrote One Hundred and One Dalmatians! She has written other novels, which don't seem to have made much of an impression.

I think teens who like reading and who are Anglophiles would love this novel. ( )
1 vote fromthecomfychair | Nov 21, 2021 |
I was sad about this one. I saw a wonderful version of the play at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey several years ago and had been looking forward to reading the book ever since. Sadly, for my reading pleasure, the play took out a lot of the worst sexism. I mean, yes, this is a book about girls who think that the only way to get their family out of poverty is to marry rich. Written in the 50s. So there's automatically a good bit of leeway that I'm willing to give. But then you get women characters making sexist generalizations about women, like they always hurt people who love them. C'mon! It just got so wearing that I stopped enjoying the book about halfway through. Before that, though, it was wonderful and so funny. I actually laughed out loud a few times. But somewhere after Cassandra had dinner with Simon, I just became completely unenchanted. ( )
  books-n-pickles | Oct 29, 2021 |
This was my second read. Particularly the first five or so chapters, the book is strongly carried by our wonderful narrator, Cassandra Mortmain, a 17-year-old who calls a centuries-old castle in England home. She lives with her highly eccentric family - a famous author father who hasn't written anything in years; his much younger artist-model wife christened Topaz (though "there is no law to make a woman stick to a name like that"); Cassandra's slightly older, beloved, but exasperating sister Rose; their slightly younger brother Thomas; and a hired helpmate about their age, though they haven't been able to pay him anything in years. In fact, they haven't been able to afford to pay anything or anyone in years; they've been selling off furniture bit by bit and scrounging together a living based on that, and when we meet them, they aren't sure what they're going to do next.

Then, a la Pride & Prejudice (deftly referenced by the narrator), a nearby property is suddenly let to a single man of means (who, it is a fact universally acknowledged, must fall in love with one or both of our heroines by book's end).

I do feel that once characters started falling in love with each other, the story got worse. But it's quite a piece of work nevertheless. ( )
  Tytania | Aug 23, 2021 |
At first I found this book utterly adorable and uncomplicated. Then, as I read on, the story became less picturesque and more realistic, unfurling with the complications of unrequited loves and slowly maturing adulthood.

In the middle bits I was disappointed that the story didn't go the way I was expecting, but by the end I can't picture it as going any other way. ( )
1 vote MCBacon | Aug 2, 2021 |
I didn't enjoy this much. The writing was quite descriptive, but it read too much like protagonist Cassandra's personal diary, which is what it was, but the basic plot was pretty dull. Cassandra and her family are terribly poor, but nobody seems to want to do anything about it. Eventually, their unpaid adopted orphan goes out to earn money, which he then gives back to the Montmain family. The family pins all of their hopes on Cassandra's sister Rose marrying into the rich landlord's family. Stick to Dodie Smith's masterpiece, One Hundred and One Dalmations. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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This book was such a wonderful, enchanting and unpredictable read that by the end of it I felt like I almost was Cassandra, since her confessions, recordings and thoughts in her journals gave me a thorough insight into her. I also loved how the sections of the book were arranged in differently priced notebooks, which really demonstrated the progression of the story
adicionado por Nickelini | editarthe Guardian, Ella the bookworm (Jan 11, 2014)
 
It feels, reading it now, as if this is the story that every romantic comedy Hollywood has ever made has been trying to tell. And when we come towards the end of the book and a marriage proposal and happily-ever-after storyline seems to be in the offing, I was worried we were going to stray into that territory. But Smith is too good a writer, Cassandra too interesting a person to settle for this.
adicionado por Nickelini | editarthe Independent, Evie Wyld (Jul 19, 2013)
 

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