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February 01, 2007

Review: I Capture the Castle

2007 Finishes: Books

I finished this one in January, but never quite managed to write up a review.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Genre: Literary fiction
Rating: 4.8

I love love love loved this book. I'd owned it for years, but for some reason never read it, although I had seen the movie. (It was okay.) I'm glad I finally read it. It's an enchanting story, about a family living in less-than-genteel poverty in a castle in England. They're all pretty eccentric, but lovable, most of the time. The story is in the form of the diary of Cassandra, the younger teenaged daughter. Early in the novel, the American heirs to the estate arrive, Cassandra's older sister sets her cap at one of them, and hilarity ensues. Or, at least, hilarity for the reader; it's the perfect mix of hilarity and heartbreak for the characters. The ending is hopeful but not unrealistically ideal. If you like Austen or Alcott or Montgomery, give this one a try.

Posted by Kat at February 1, 2007 10:24 AM

I just picked up my copy from the library yesterday. Can't wait to read it!

Posted by: Courtney at February 1, 2007 11:33 AM

I read this book last year, I couldn't believe I had missed it previously. I loved it too, it may even be one of my all time favourite books. I rented the film shortly afterwards and wasn't disappointed in that either.

Posted by: Rebecca at February 1, 2007 12:29 PM

I really liked the book but i was a bit disapointed that the younger daughter did not get together with the servants son. I know all the class stuff but i just thought it was so romantic blah blah blah. We're Dewey?

Posted by: Maryellen at February 1, 2007 12:35 PM

I really need to read this again. I read it once and liked it well enough, but I didn't LOVE it . . . clearly, though, it deserves a second chance, huh?

Posted by: --Deb at February 1, 2007 06:39 PM

Okay, I just requested it from the library. You know of course that Dodie Smith wrote the original "101 Dalmatians," right? I knew you did.

Posted by: kmkat at February 3, 2007 12:44 PM
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