I Capture the Castle

Dodie Smith

Verlag: Random House, 2012
ISBN 10: 0099572885 / ISBN 13: 9780099572886
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Capture The Castle is a novel that is based on the love story of two young girls, who fall in love with Neil and Simon, their American neighbors. Summary Of The Book I Capture The Castle revolves around the Mortmain family, who live in a dilapidated English castle. The first person narrator of this novel is Cassandra Mortmain, whose father spends his time writing, but hasn?t published any since his debut novel, which went down well with the readers. The members of their family include Topaz, who is Mr. Mortmain?s second wife, Rose, his older daughter, and Cassandra. Mr. Mortmain decided to pursue writing novels by staying in the secluded castle, in an attempt to draw on some inspiration there. However, things weren?t going too well for the family as they had to start selling off their furniture to purchase food. Topaz likes to spend time enjoying nature, and her daughter, Rose, spends her time fretting in the castle, as she wants to meet some eligible young men, who are preferably rich. Cassandra, the narrator, spends her time perfecting her literary skills by penning down every event in her journal. One day, a rich American family, the Cottons, shift nearby Scoatney Hall, becoming the new landlords of the Mortmain family. Cassandra and Rose soon become aware of the Cottons? two unmarried sons, Neil and Simon. Both brothers have different personalities, with Neil being a carefree young lad whose desire is to become a rancher, and Simon, who is highly-intellectual and wealthy. On meeting the young men, Rose openly attempts to flirt with Simon, resulting in a misunderstanding between the two families. However, they make up after an incident involving a fur coat, and the two families become good friends. Simon and Rose fall in love with each other, and Simon proposes to her as well, after which Topaz, Cassandra, and Mrs. Cotton travel to London for wedding preparations. However, one evening, when nobody is around, Cassandra and Simon spend time with each other. What happens between them? What are Rose and Neil feeling? This book answers these questions and more. This book has also been adapted into a movie by the same name, I Capture The Castle. It was directed by Tim Fywell, and released in 2003. Printed Pages: 566. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 94607

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Review: Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain wants to become a writer. Trouble is, she's the daughter of a once-famous author with a severe case of writer's block. Her family--beautiful sister Rose, brooding father James, ethereal stepmother Topaz--is barely scraping by in a crumbling English castle they leased when times were good. Now there's very little furniture, hardly any food, and just a few pages of notebook paper left to write on. Bravely making the best of things, Cassandra gets hold of a journal and begins her literary apprenticeship by refusing to face the facts. She writes, "I have just remarked to Rose that our situation is really rather romantic, two girls in this strange and lonely house. She replied that she saw nothing romantic about being shut up in a crumbling ruin surrounded by a sea of mud."

Rose longs for suitors and new tea dresses while Cassandra scorns romance: "I know all about the facts of life. And I don't think much of them." But romantic isolation comes to an end both for the family and for Cassandra's heart when the wealthy, adventurous Cotton family takes over the nearby estate. Cassandra is a witty, pensive, observant heroine, just the right voice for chronicling the perilous cusp of adulthood. Some people have compared I Capture the Castle to the novels of Jane Austen, and it's just as well-plotted and witty. But the Mortmains are more bohemian--as much like the Addams Family as like any of Austen's characters. Dodie Smith, author of 101 Dalmations, wrote this novel in 1948. And though the story is set in the 1930s, it still feels fresh, and well deserves its reputation as a modern classic. --Maria Dolan

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Titel: I Capture the Castle
Verlag: Random House
Erscheinungsdatum: 2012
Einband: Softcover
Zustand: New

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Buchbeschreibung Random House UK Ltd Aug 2012, 2012. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - 592 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780099572886

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