“I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle’s walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has “captured the castle” — and the heart of the reader — in one of literature’s most enchanting entertainments.”
Thoughts: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith is a charming coming-of-age story with a delightfully surprising ending that will make feminists everywhere cheer. The entire Mortmain family is adoringly quirky but realistic in its troubles, and girls everywhere will cheer Cassandra’s joys and cry over her heartbreaks. While it is geared towards a younger audience, adults will have no problems recalling their own youthful adventures and championing Cassandra and the Mortmain family. There is no wonder why I Capture the Castle has delighted audiences for as long as it has.
Acknowledgements: Mine. All mine.