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I like stories with love in them. Love and squalor.

Advantages: Perfect little gems
Disadvantages: None I can think of. There's not enough of 'em!

This collections contains some of the best short stories of the latter-half of the 20th Century. They all have that magical quality that Salinger's best writing always has, and contain some of his most memorable characters, speaking some of his most memor ...

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Review of For Esme With Love & Squalor - J D Salinger

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Just Like Heaven

Advantages: many
Disadvantages: few

“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.” Cassandra Mortmain starts her journal, a speedwriting project that turns into an exquisite chronicle of pained adolescence, sitting in the sink in the sole warm room of the crumbling castle she calls home. Le ...

ruth_cole 06.09.2004 · Read full review
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Review of I Capture The Castle - Dodie Smith

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To Be Young & In Love (or not)

Advantages: Funny, warm, touching - a pure delight
Disadvantages: Not one for the boys I suspect

Cassandra Mortmain. Tell me, how romantic a name is that? If you were born a Jane Smith, or a Kate Jones, wasn't there a point in your life when you would much much rather have been a Cassandra Mortmain. Perhaps like me, you still hold to those adole ...

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Review of I Capture The Castle - Dodie Smith

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Growing up is hard to do

Advantages: A nice enough read for when you have some time on your hands
Disadvantages: Some dull moments and some annoying characters

...Flicking through the bookshelves of a high street bookstore a couple of years ago I came across "I Capture The Castle" by Dodie Smith. Although dubbed a "children's book" something about the novel drew me to it and I decided that I would like to find out ...

hannahmc3 11.08.2006 · Read full review
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Simply Captivating

Advantages: Very funny, far more complex than it seems, the characters...
Disadvantages: Not everyone will see its depth, unfortunately

...Dodie Smith is probably best known for writing 101 Dalmations, but I Capture the Castle is simply delightful and I wish I'd had it when I was 12 or so. As the introduction by Valerie Grove acknowledges, this is a book with universal appeal - she's given c ...

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Review of I Capture The Castle - Dodie Smith

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