I Capture the Castle

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One of the 20th Century's most beloved novels is still winning hearts!

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.

“This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met.” -- J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series

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Dorothy Gladys "Dodie" Smith, born in 1896 in Lancashire, England, was one of the most successful female dramatists of her generation. She wrote Autumn, Crocus, and Dear Octopus, among other plays. I Capture the Castle, her first novel, was written in the 1940s while she was living in America. An immediate success, it marked her crossover from playwright to novelist, and was produced as a play in 1954. Smith also wrote the novels The Town in Bloom, It Ends with Revelations, A Tale of Two Families, and The Girl in the Candle-Lit Bath, but she is best known today as the author of two highly popular stories for young readers: The Hundred and One Dalmatians and The Starlight Barking. She died in 1990.

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Apr 1, 2003
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Fiction / Coming of Age
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A determined young Lancashire girl arrives in London intent on a stage career - this tale from the author of I Capture the Castle is told with the candour and authenticity that derives from Dodie Smith's own experience of the theatre world.

Mouse never did fully suit her nickname. Tiny she may have been, but timid never. After less than twenty-four hours in London she had bluffed her way into an audition at a famous theatre, infuriated its forceful young stage director, and amused its kind if quite amoral actor-manager. She had finally landed not a part but a toehold as a junior secretary. During her involvement in the engrossing affairs of the Crossway Theatre she met her friends Molly, a baby-faced six-footer; and elegant, ambitious Lilian, who was fated to clash disastrously with Mouse. Later, there was also Zelle, rich, generous, enigmatic, and responsible for an outing to Suffolk village pageant which proved a turning point for them all.

Life was always surprising the fearless Mouse: when she unexpectedly got to a chance to act she made an unforgettable impression, though not the one she had intended. However, nothing prepared her for the assault of first love, highly unsuitable, but welcomed by her in a way which was to have far-reaching consequences.

Only when she looks back after a reunion luncheon does she realise the full effects of that shared summer on her friends and herself. A startlingly frank yet nostalgic read, this is a charming novel about coming of age and the healing effects of time.

Två dalmatiner och så kanske några valpar, det var vad herr och fru Dearly hade tänkt sig från början. Missis och Pongo är ett stiligt hundpar, och valparna är bedårande när de anländer, trots att de är hela femton stycken! Och så är det ju Perdita förstås, den övergivna dalmatinertiken som fru Dearly tagit hand om. Så nu är det allt som allt arton hundar hemma hos Dearlys.

Det är då den ondskefulla Cruella de Vil knackar på. Hon som alltid bär päls, sover i hermelinlakan och vars make är pälshandlare. I samma stund som hon får syn på de vackra hundarna så får hon sin fruktansvärda idé att man kan tillverka unika pälsverk av dalmatinernas skinn!

När Cruella helt fräckt stjäl alla femton valpar ger sig Pongo och Missis ut på en farlig jakt efter sina små ungar. Det är en kamp mot klockan. Runtom i hela England har det försvunnit dalmatinervalpar och panikslagna mattar och hussar letar desperat, precis som Dearlys. Det gör i sin tur Cruella desperat om det ska bli några pälsar, måste valparna dödas innan någon hittar dem!

Boken utkom första gången 1956 i England, och har sedan dess tryckts i många upplagor.
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