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Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, The Watsons, and Sanditon

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Northanger Abbey depicts the misadventures of Catherine Morland, young, ingenuous, and mettlesome, and an indefatigable reader of gothic novels. Their romantic excess and dark overstatement feed her imagination, as tyrannical fathers and diabolical villains work their evil on forlorn heroines in isolated settings. What could be more remote from the uneventful securities of ...more
Paperback, 379 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1818)
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Another classic I need to read again soon.
Nov 21, 2009 Ally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-classics
This is my favourite of Austen's novels but it's not as straightforward as it appears on first reading...its very demanding of the reader and too many people miss the intelligence behind it and see only the naive silliness of a herione who lives in the world of the Gothic Romance's she's reading rather than the real world.

I love the characterisation in this novel - General Tilney is cast by the heroine Catherine as the perfect Gothic villain, Isabella Thorpe is an arch maipulator and represents
Ben Babcock
Feb 24, 2011 Ben Babcock rated it really liked it
I've talked smack about Jane Austen before, not so much to discount her ability as a writer—if you question that, then oh, we will throw down—but to compare her unfavourably to George Eliot. What can I say? I was young and stupid two years ago!

Today I would like to apologize to Miss Austen. Since Middlemarch I've come a long way and read a lot more of Austen's works, and while Eliot's novel remains uneclipsed by Austen's novels, my awe and appreciation of Austen's abilities has only increased. T
Sarah Samir

كاثرين مورلاند وهنري تيلني من اجمل الشخصيات اللى اتعرفت عليهم فى روايه
جين اوستين الرائعه .. برومانسيتها الجميله الرقيقه
من ضمن اسباب حبي للادب الكلاسيكي هى جين اوستين

الفيلم كمان فى منتهى الروعه
Jun 15, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
“Blaize Castle!” cried Catherine; “what is that?”
“The finest place in England – worth going fifty miles at any time to see.”
“What, is it really a castle, an old castle?”
“The oldest in the kingdom.”
“But is it like what one reads of?”
“Exactly – the very same.”
“But now really – are there towers and long galleries?”
“By dozens.”

The irony of this dialogue between the imaginative young ingénue Catherine and her would-be suitor, the boorish John Thorpe, is that Blaise Castle is neither the oldest
Feb 22, 2016 Drew rated it liked it
Shelves: gothic
I was so torn by trying to rate this OWC edition of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and several short stories (one complete, two fragments). If I rated it based on Northanger Abbey, I'd have to give it 1 star. I hated it. I also disliked The Watsons and Sandition, though as these were unfinished or discarded manuscripts, it's not fair to judge them too harshly.

But, were I to rate this collection solely on Lady Susan, I wouldn't hesitate to say 5 stars immediately. I am a huge fan of the epistolar
Nov 03, 2008 Jeanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first time I read Northanger Abbey, I did not get it. Because I didn't get it, I didn't enjoy it. I didn't get it because when I first read Northanger Abbey I did not know much about Jane Austen, the time she lived in or Gothic novels. As I learned more about these things and re-read Northanger Abbey I started to get it and started to enjoy the novel. Now that I've actually read some of the Gothic novels that Austen parodies in Northanger Abbey I've come to realize that this is one of my fav ...more
I must admit I enjoy reading Northanger Abbey more than I do Emma - even though I like Emma's storyline better.

What's that about, you ask?

Well, I suppose I find this novel's straighforwardness rather refreshing. Something - or someone - always moves about and keeps the reader engaged in action. It keeps to the point and doesn't waver from it much.

Northanger Abbey definitely isn't the better book, though. From the beginning the hero's identity is clear, the Thorpes are susceptible and Mrs. Allen
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Northanger Abbey:-

The not so well to do young woman is taken to a resort by comparatively well to do relatives and is invited by the master of the Northanger Abbey, the father of the young and eligible gentleman who has a mutual attracted to her and courting her, to stay with him and his family, under the impression the she is going to inherit the relatives' money.

The character of this father, the rich owner of the home that is the title, unfolds, and there are confusion, test of virtue and cha
Jan 04, 2015 farts rated it really liked it
Like many have mentioned before- the first half of the novel is somewhat difficult to navigate, as society life in Bath and refined customs are tediously highlighted. Retrospectively, this plays with the anxieties of character courtship that is demonstrated in Austin's third person narration of the story. The main character, Catherine, is not allowed to express her interest in Henry, Austen explicitly states "for if it be true, as a celebrated writer has maintained, that no young lady can be jus ...more
Randee Baty
Dec 30, 2014 Randee Baty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-classic
It seems to be the rage to love Jane Austen right now and for once, I completely agree with a fad. I love Jane Austen's writings. And I love them even more now having read this with my Brit Lit class. My professor was so enthusiastic about this book that it was pure pleasure to attend class each day.

Northanger Abbey is a satire of Gothic novels. That's pretty clear. Catherine is a young girl from a large, middle-class family taken to the luxuries of Bath by her rich childless neighbors. There s
I was never a huge Austen fan...I fell in with the Bronte's at my mother's knee, but it's been fun to listen to these novels with an authentic British voice reading in my ear.

This one is delicious, frustrating, tiring, and hilarious. The sly humor of Austen's observations of the fashions and foibles of her characters literally had me laughing out loud as I walked the neighborhood.

I felt she took too long, tho, getting to the central romance in the novel, and there were times I would have cheerfu
Nov 25, 2015 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I <3 Northanger Abbey. It is my favorite Jane Austen. Over the years, my interpretation of Henry Tilney changes. One time romantic and darling; another time cynical and condescending; still another, possibly sociopathic? I mean, we know they marry, but is it happily ever after? In a twisted, but I think not entirely out of character alternative, Henry is really a monster misanthrope who takes in this naive and sweet young woman only to break her spirit. But really, I prefer that he is essenti ...more
Apr 21, 2008 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Wow, what a departure! I loved this very different novel. This book shows Austen's ability to step out of her mold. I particularly liked how she addresses the reader and defines/justifies her heroine's failings yet still allows her the role. A delight!
Austen's sarcastic take on the Gothic is quite delightful, if you realize what she's doing! It is probably the most tangential work in her canon, so do not enter it hoping to encounter another Lizzy Bennet or Emma Woodhouse. What you have here instead is fanciful and easily frightened Catherine Morland, bent upon making a ghostly discovery. It IS Austen, and there are undoubtedly elements of a budding relationship, a few balls and the usually delightful prose. But if it wasn't for all these, you ...more
Lisa Feld
It's been a few years since I reread Jane Austen, so I decided to read her six published books in the order she wrote them, to see her development as a writer, which unfortunately means starting with Northanger Abbey.

The conceit of the book is nifty: Austen parodies the Gothic by writing a Gothic set in the real world, where girls are hijacked by annoying friends into country drives instead of being kidnapped by brigands, castles are plagued by modern furniture instead of vengeful ghosts, and pe
Jan 11, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favourites
Lady Susan: Having already listened to the audiobook of this last summer, I pretty much knew I was gonna love this. One of my favourite things about Austen's earlier writing is how playful it is, and that really came to the fore with Lady Susan. Featuring a character, who would typically be a villain of sorts in her other fiction, Lady Susan knows what she wants and she knows how to get it- no matter who she hurts along the way. Witty and completely hilarious, Lady Susan may in fact be my favour ...more
Valeria Uribe
Mar 18, 2012 Valeria Uribe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esta es una novela romántica se ríe de sí misma y de sus pares, pero que finalmente sigue siendo una fiel representante del género. Tiene todo lo que se requiere: heroínas, villanos, matrimonios por conveniencia, bailes, amores platónicos, el chico lindo, etc. Pero todos se salen de la norma. La heróina no es ni pobre ni rica, no tiene habilidades artísticas y es más bien fea que linda. Las villanas no son presentadas como tales, sino que como amigas de la protagonista. El que es presentado como ...more
Oct 01, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing
The star rating is for Northanger Abbey rather than for the collection as a whole. Northanger Abbey was famously written before Austen's other novels but published after them. It contains the various elements we associate with Austen's writing: incisive wit, comic characters, marriage plots, and country estates. The novel is shorter than her later ones and moves quickly through the action; whether this is good or bad I cannot say. Northanger is usually described as a parody of Gothic novels, but ...more
Marlene Marie
Feb 06, 2015 Marlene Marie rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I read Oxford's Northanger Abbey which also included Lady Susan, the Watsons, and Sandition. So this is a review of her novel and these 3 short stories.

i must confess, as much as i adore jane, northanger was not my favorite read. it's a love/hate with this book. i do like that she shows how the mind can be a dangerous thing if not kept in moderated restraints as she displayed in catherine's imaginative character. the story was amazing and i felt that it had so much potential to be as engrossing
Aug 23, 2015 Kereesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Austen
I love Jane Austen. That's pretty much a given. And it's pretty much a given I love her work, unfinished, unpolished, kind of wacky, whatever.

So this review might just fall into a mess of gooey feelings and sobs about how she's dead and I love her and...

Well how about I just spare you my misery.

So the collection this review is for is an anthology of one of Austen's earliest novels, Northanger Abbey, as well as her novella Lady Susan and her two incomplete novels, The Watsons and Sanditon, both
Nov 16, 2015 Lindz rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Austen Lovers
Recommended to Lindz by: Jane Austen
Sometimes a title of a novel just does not suit the story. 'Northanger Abbey' is one of them. This was one of the first novels Miss Austen wrote and subsequently went through a number of title changes due to dodgy publishers . Finally published less than a year after her death, it is not known whether her brother or Jane chose the title. But 'Northanger Abbey' gives off a dark gothic feel, of dark corners, vails and long menacing tapestries, with hidden skeletons. Much like the novels Jane Auste ...more
Mary Timbes
Dec 15, 2012 Mary Timbes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, The Watsons, SanditonNorthanger Abbey, Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon by Jane Austen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Catherine Morland is excited to be going to an abbey. She has visions of its contents and its appearance, its history and its secrets. She, the heroine of Jane Austen’s novel Northanger Abbey, has read too many novels.

I was, as an Austen heroine herself might be, somewhat vexed at the outset of the book, at its superficial characters and its slowness. It seemed to be all about Bath, going to the Upper Rooms
I really like how Jane takes her stand against the views of female writers and in particular female novel writers. The prejudices and struggles she faced are made quite clear. I also love the delight in the horrid or the mysterious and how they all seem to become obsessed and entertained by such... it quite reminds me of my family! I thought the ending was pretty abrupt. I actually read this novel maybe 6 or 7 years ago and I distinctly remember not liking it very much at the time. It was defini ...more
Elisha Condie
Sep 09, 2008 Elisha Condie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I have to admit, I only read "Northanger Abbey". I simply could not make it through the others (they were boring! there. I said it).
Northanger Abbey (NA) is Austen's first novel, and a kind of take on the popular gothic novels of her day where the heroine faces things like an old castle, a body hidden in a trunk, etc. And Austen was trying to write a book like those gothic novels. It was interesting to see that in the main character of Catherine Morland you DO have an Austen heroine, a
It's a very long time since I've read Northanger Abbey, it was never one of my favourite Jane Austen books. So I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it this time round.

The story is of Catherine Morland, a good-natured and straightforward girl with a love of reading fiction, particularly sensational gothic fiction. She meets, and eventually marries Henry Tilney, after the usual romantic plot twists.

My main memory from my previous readings of this novel were of Austen poking fun at got
Aug 17, 2013 Alyssa rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Hard-core Austenites (like me ;) )
According to my Goodreads shelving system, this is the 500th book I've read in my lifetime, although I'm pretty sure I've read more. ;) It is quite appropriate that the 500th book I've read should be written by Jane Austen, one of my all-time favorite authors.

There is something so delightful and intriguing about the lifestyle that Austen paints in her novels. The tiniest occurrence - the receipt of a gossipy letter, a sideways glance at the tea table, or the neighbor's purchase of a new dress -
Aug 24, 2011 Rowena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was great! i liked catherine. i felt like eleanor's strange behavior was just sort of left there. it was amusing that no one thought of catherine's relative lack of money as being the problem. i enjoyed the parts at bath the most.

also plenty of great quotes.

"To look almost pretty, is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain the first fifteen years of her life, than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive."

"'I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is no
Zelly B.
Sep 19, 2010 Zelly B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Right! So.

I decided to just read Northanger Abbey this time around and skip the short stories and rough writings because they felt really incoherent and disjointed to me; things that you really would expect to find in rough, unpublished drafts not meant to be seen by anyone.

In short, I really enjoyed it. The cast of characters were a really great and diverse one. I love Henry Tilney to a really sad degree the most, though; I thought he was a really fun character: smart, witty, a gentleman, etc.
May 22, 2008 Krystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want an lesser known Jane Austen novel
I just noticed that this is a book including 4 different stories. I only got Northanger Abbey and this review is ONLY for that novel.

I went to Border's to get a quick read for the plane home and decided on this because I LOVE Pride and Prejudice, but didn't want to read any Austen novels that had been spoiled by movies. (They are still good, but I already know what's going to happen.) So I bought her first novel, that I hadn't really heard much about, not really expecting anything from it, but I
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Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry
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“...I would have jumped out and run after you.'
Is there a Henry in the world who could be insensible to such a declaration? Henry Tilney at least was not. With a yet sweeter smile, he said every thing that need be said...”
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