- Audio CD: 1 Seiten
- Verlag: CSA WORD; Auflage: Abridged (17. April 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1901768872
- ISBN-13: 978-1901768879
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,8 x 12,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 64 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.879.060 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
I Capture the Castle (CSA Word Classic) (Englisch) Audio-CD – Gekürzte Ausgabe, Audiobook, CD
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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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
An excellent offering from CSA Word to be enjoyed by all the family. * The Disability Times * I know of few novels - except Pride and Prejudice - that inspire as much fierce lifelong affection in their readers. * Joanna Trollope * This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met. * J.K. Rowling * I think it is a book that will be very much lived in by many people; because you can live in it, like Dickens * Christopher Isherwood *Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Der Roman spielt in den 30er Jahren in der englischen Provinz, ist realistisch geschrieben und es kommen keine Fabelwesen darin vor, trotzdem hat "I Capture the Castle" etwas Märchenhaftes an sich. Das liegt vielleicht daran, dass Smith ihre Geschichte nicht in England, sondern in den USA schrieb. 1948 lebte sie seit einigen Jahren dort und vermisste ihre Heimat. In "I Capture the Castle" entwirft sie ein ideales England, das sich aus den Romanen der Brontë-Schwestern, viktorianischer Schauerliteratur und eben Jane Austens Welt zusammensetzt.
Die exzentrische, aber bettelarme Familie Mortmain lebt in einem halb verfallenen Schloss. Die 17-jährige Cassandra schreibt einen Sommer lang Tagebuch, um ihre schriftstellerischen Fähigkeiten zu verbessern. Sie beobachtet und kommentiert das Treiben ihrer Familie: ihres Vaters, der als Eremit im Torhaus des Schlosses lebt; ihrer Stiefmutter, die gerne nackt durch den Wald spaziert; ihrer älteren Schwester Rose, die von einem reichen Ehemann träumt. Cassandras Kommentare sind witzig und geistreich und funkeln vor Sprachwitz, wie man es sonst nur von Oscar Wilde oder - nochmal - Jane Austen kennt.
Am Anfang des Romans ist Cassandra ein Kind, dann lernt sie die Liebe kennen und mit ihr die Eifersucht, den Streit und überhaupt das Leben außerhalb des Schlosses. Ohne es zu merken, wird sie erwachsen. "Ich fange das Schloss ein", bedeutet der Titel.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
I liked the style in which this book is written. I found the first 100ish pages quite boring and then became interested again after I had read somewhere that C. falls in love with Simon at some point. The story became quite exciting for quite a while, but I didnt like the ending at all. I had to plough through the seemingly endless narration about the father when all i really wanted to read about were the love entanglements that were going on. And the ending is left open, which makes me wonder what point is it finishing reading the book when you are left clueless what might happen afterwards.
I read my old peacock edition so often that it has started falling apart. And I know whole conversations by heart. Cassandra is the most wonderful character - sensitive, literate, highly intelligent and still too young to be always tactful. Her eccentric family is made up of people you'll never forget.
"I Capture the Castle" is a slightly old-fashioned but in essence timeless coming-of-age story that has the reader alternately crying and giggling.
Oh yeah, and though I always loved to imagine scrumptious Stephen and was rather annoyed with Cassandra for not choosing him (and amazed that she could so cooly state "I do not reciprocate Stephen's feelings" and then stick to it), I could understand why she fell in love with Simon all right.
Wonderful to read as a young girl, or when you're missing the young girl you once were, or when you're trying to abstain from chocolate but want the same comforting, nourishing effect... I LOVE THIS BOOK.
(To all those smart enough to listen: do not watch the movie though.)
I am 25 years old. I believe I would have loved this book 10 years ago, but I guess I would not have gotten the literary references then. Knowing who the Bronte sisters were does ad another layer of meaning to the book.
Dear Lynn Hudson, Very many thanks for a particularily kind letter. "I Capture the Castle" was first published in 1948, 37 years ago and yet I still get letters about it, from old friends like you and also, occasionaly, from new friends. I'm astonished and proud that it has lasted so long. I've written other novels and two of my childrens' books continue to be succesful, (paticularily The Hundred and one Dalmatians), but nothing (for me anyway) means as much as ICTC> Where did those characters come from? They are not drawn from life. The Castle partly is but I changed it a great deal and I much prefer my own castle! I've been asked again and again to write a sequel to ICTC but I'm sure I never could. I don't even like to think of the future of the characters because I don't want them to grow older. I've been asked again and again to say whom Cassandra marries but I've no idea. I like to think of her just hopeful for the future and I shall let myself think you and I share this idea. I am now 89 and sometimes (but only sometimes) almost feel it, but not when I think about Cassandra. Thank You again for your letter which has given me great pleasure. And I like to think that in some mysterious realm of the imagination, the characters in my book are pleased to and send you their love-with mine. Dodie Smith Dodie Smith and I wrote back and forth a few more times, until she was unable to write again. She died in 1990. Thank-You, Dodie, for the wonderful gift of "I Capture the Castle"!
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