I Capture the Castle

by Dodie Smith | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0312201656 Global Overview for this book
Registered by cestmoi of Hamilton, Ontario Canada on 3/9/2006
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by cestmoi from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Thursday, March 09, 2006
Mine has different cover art. I had promised this to HoserLauren quite some time ago and then forgot to read it, so I'm starting it today and then will pass it along to her via AceOfHearts at the Burlington meet up later this month.

Journal Entry 2 by cestmoi from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Thursday, March 09, 2006
I really enjoyed this coming of age story that takes place in England just after the war. Cassandra and her eccentric family live in a tumbling down castle in poverty, until "the Americans" come to live at Scoatney Manor. With them, they bring food, elegance, love and heartbreak.

This is well written and is told through 17 year-old Cassandra's journal entries.

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Friday, March 24, 2006
I received this from cestmoi from a meetup that I didn't even attend! How's that for book powers!? :)
This one is on the BBC list (#82 to be exact) - which is a list I am slowly making my way through. This puts me one closer to that goal though! And I see that cestmoi really liked it so that's great!

Thanks Enza!!!! :)

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Sunday, July 11, 2010
The Mortmain family is an odd family unit living in an odd residence. The family exists of sisters Rose and Cassandra, their brother Thomas, their father, their step-mother Topaz, and their orphaned helping hand Stephen. The family lives in an old dilapidated castle and their money is running out as they wait for their father to return to his writing glory and follow up his first successful book with another.

When brothers Simon and Neil Cottom get stuck in the Mortmain drive, their world starts to change. They just inherited land from England even though they had been living in America for a while. Rose determines that she is going to make one of the brothers fall in love with her so that she no longer has to live in poverty. Cassandra finds herself being left at home more and more as her family goes on trips to London with the Cottons, which gets Cassandra thinking about whether she agrees with Rose's selfishness. As she writes in her journal, she tries to find a way to help her father get back into writing.

The book is told through Cassandra's journal entries. She believes that she may be able to become a writer some day so she has some pretty lengthy descriptions of things that are not essential to moving the story along. I found myself skimming through these parts because I wanted to get on with the story. Rose's selfishness also made me increasingly frustrated with her as I got further and further through the book. Maybe that was the point though?

For a BBC Top 100 book I expected more from this book. There was a twist at the end but I felt it kind of fizzled out and wasn't worth the journey.

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, October 11, 2010
Sending to my birthday partner!

Journal Entry 6 by rockyhorror1978 at St. Catharines, Ontario Canada on Friday, October 22, 2010
Thank you for the wishlist book! I am looking forward to reading this book.

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