I Capture The Castle
'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink' is the first line of this timeless, witty and enchanting novel about growing up. Cassandra Mortmain lives with her bohemian and impoverished family in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Her journal records her life with her beautiful, bored sister, Rose, her fadingly glamorous stepmother, Topaz, her little brother Thomas and her eccentric novelist father who suffers from a financially crippling writer's block. However, all their lives are turned upside down when the American heirs to the castle arrive and Cassandra finds herself falling in love for the first time.
- Paperback | 432 pages
- 129 x 198 x 26mm | 298g
- 05 Feb 2004
- Vintage Publishing
- Vintage Classics
- London, United Kingdom
"Dreamy and funny...an odd, shimmering timelessness clings to its pages. A thousand and one cheers for its reissue. A +"
"I know of few novels that inspire as much fierce lifelong affection in their readers" -- Joanna Trollope "Everyone I've passed it on to has found it a hit - it works every time, for absolutely everybody" -- Nigella Lawson "Smith rivals Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate series for 1930s toff charm" -- Katy Guest * The Independent * "A deliciously evocative portrait of England" -- Tasmina Perry * Daily Mail * "Dreamy and funny...an odd, shimmering timelessness clings to its pages. A thousand and one cheers for its reissue. A +" * Entertainment Weekly *
About Dodie Smith
Dorothy Gladys 'Dodie' Smith was born in 1896 in Lancashire and she was one of the most successful female dramatists of her generation. Her first novel, I Capture the Castle, was written when she lived in America during the 1940's and marked her crossover debut from playwright to novelist. The novel became an immediate success and was produced as a play in 1954. She has written numerous other novels but is best known today for The Hundred and One Dalmatians, a story for younger readers. The Hundred and One Dalmatians became the basis of two Disney films.
Our customer reviews
I purchased this book on a whim, having reservations about it being boring based on the simplicity of the blurb. But wow, best read I've had in a long time. It's a really 'readable' book, in that you're drawn in to the lives of the characters early, then while you're engrossed the events flow quite quickly. I devoured the book within a few days and was genuinely sad when it ended! It's strength lies in the absolutely unique and engaging characters: every single character had me convinced, even the treatment of characters like the fickle and affected Rose is so witty and warm that you become emotionally invested in everyone. And the writing itself - so tender and evocative. There's genuine affection in the narrators voice in her description of her surroundings and the people in it, that really bring the whole story to life. Dodie Smith supposedly labored over the final edit of the book, wanting every conversation to be perfect, and that care is more than evident here. Some of the passages are slightly deliberate, but on whole the language is so charming enjoyable that this book could be used as a writers resources on how to write dialogue and narration. For anyone who is a fan of the wit, sincerity and Englishness of Austen or E. M. Forster (although this is a little more colloquial), you have to read this.show moreby Alice Montes