I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I Capture the CastleI heard that this book was brought back into print because Ms. Rowling of Harry Potter fame said it was one of her favs. Well, thank goodness she said something, ’cause this Castle is not to be missed! Cassandra and her wacky family live in a crumbling English castle, leased when her famous writer father was still famous. Now, he suffers from perpetual writer’s block, and the family, once well-off, can barely scrape together a decent tea. Enter the wealthy Cotton brothers, two young Americans who are perfect matches for Cassandra and her lovely, but picky sister Rose-or so Cassandra thinks. The brothers Cotton may have other ideas…a hilarious and touching comedy of manners, Castle captures all the adolescent longings of first love, along with all the funny and not so funny moments that go with it. Incidentally, Smith is also the author of the original 101 Dalmatians, another wonderful classic that is ten times better than the movie.

6 thoughts on “I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

  1. Thanks for pointing out this book to me b/c I had seen the movie several years ago and then kept walking past it when I was shelving things at the library and every time I walked past I’d think “Why not pick it up?” Eventually I did and it was definitely an enjoyable book.

  2. Jill, I’m so glad you did! This book is one of those treasures just crying out to be rediscovered by today’s readers. Please recommend it to someone else and keep the good reading vibes going!

  3. I love, love this book. I actually got really frustrated with Cassandra while I was reading it, & then when I really stopped to think about it, I realized that’s pretty much the best thing a book can do. Ever.

  4. This looks verry good! I’m putting it on my ‘Need to read’ list that at the moment has over 80 entries… But, no fears! I shall read it!

  5. I capture the castle is such an enjoyable book! the vibes when reading are just so awesome. The style of writing is enchanting and the characters are outstanding. One of the things I love is how Dodie Smith describes the scenery and the characters. Also the way you see them all grow from beginning to end is so cool. Definitely a must read!

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