A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen’s “Gothic parody.” Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.
The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old wo
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Secretly, I much prefer "Northanger Abbey" and "Mansfield Park" to anything else written by Jane Austen, even "Pride and Prejudice," which we're all supposed to claim as our favorite because it is one of the Greatest Books Ever Written In the English Language. I don't DISLIKE "Pride and Prejudice," but I just don't think it stands up to this one. I'm sorry, but it's true.
"Northanger Abbey" feels like two very different stories that eventually merge into one at the end...more
I suppose that it's a mark of maturity that I can no longer enjoy something without stepping back and asking "Yes, but what does it all mean?". Either that, or I'm taking this reviewing business way too seriously. Anyways.
This is the first novel that Austen composed, and it shows. Many of the ideas that she wishes to share with her readers are good ones, to be sure, but her delivery of them is not in a coherently fictional form. Much of it felt as if the reader was being led around a scienc...more
But I LOVE this book. Seriously, this book is so wonderful. The voice on this book. In later books, Jane A...more
The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write reports on whether or not they deserve the label.
Book #24: Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen (1818)
The story in a nutshell:
Although not published until after her death in 1818 (but more on that in a bit), North...more
As it turned out it was a pleasant surprise.
The foreword says this book is perhaps not the most polished of all of Austen’s works. It was one of the earliest she wrote, yet was published after she had died. She did not go back to edit it the same way that she did with other books. This...more
All the same, Catherine is hardly what I would have t...more
Northanger Abbey is, says the commentary in the book, one of the most accessible of Jane Austen's works. I'd have to agree. It is much livelier than her other works (which is not to say that I don't like her other books, because I do.) But Northanger...more
Things I liked:
* I enjoyed all the talk of novels and reading - and would have liked even more of that.
* The conversations between Henry Tilney and Catherine Morland were my favorite parts of the book. I might go back and reread just those parts sometime.
Things I didn'...more
Well, this book is slightly unpolished and probably would have benefited from a couple more rewrites (particularly the narration at the ending) but in terms of characters, plot and wit? It was absolutely perfect!
I really enjoyed the narrator for the most part. I liked the little snippets of opinion she put in every so often- it's so unusual for the reader to actually be addressed by the narrator- and I thought it worked well for the majority of the...more
And then there was this book, and like some beacon the image of Henry Tilney scolding Catherine Morland immediately came to my mind, adding another layer of self-awareness to the sometimes painful, sometimes liberating remembrance of the event.
In Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia, the young hero Jesse jokes about getting a gut transplant to deal with his fear. I have a preferred elective medical procedure myself that I discovered years ago from the movie Eternal Sunsh...more
I actually... really liked it. It's only very slightly boring, which is a huge compliment, considering I've often found reading anything written before, oh, 1900 to be an awful chore. And it's actually surprisingly funny. Not anything to laugh...more
Por un lado, Jane pasa completamente por alto el protocolo de la sociedad londinense, incluso se burla de él. Por otro se descarga de lo lindo sobre varias cuestiones, sociedad, críticos literarios, lectores y novelistas. Inclus...more
However, I think I understand. Northanger Abbey is less a romance than a satire of Gothic romance. It's witty authorial commentary on the progression of the story and the action of the characters made me laugh out loud, but I r...more
La persona, uomo o donna che sia, che non si diverte a leggere un buon romanzo, dev'essere intollerabilmente stupida.
Come hanno detto in molti, non sarà una Elizabeth Bennet, non sarà una Emma Woodhouse, ma ho amato fino in fondo la piccola, fantasiosa, ingenua Catherine Morland.
Ah, la Austen non si smentisce mai!
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Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fr...more