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
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
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
but that's just me.
I have nothing negative to say about Austen or her books, but unfortunately I don't find myself able to enjoy them.
c'est la vie!
Let us leave it to the Reviewers to abuse such effusions of fancy at their leisure, and over every new novel to talk in threadbare strains of the trash with which the press now groans. Let us not desert one another, we are an injured body. Although our productions have afforded more extensive and unaffected pleasure than those of any other literary corporation in the world, no species of composition has been so much decried. From pride, ignorance, or fashion, our foes are almost as many a ...more
This is my very first Austen novel. My main 2015 reading goal would be to read more classics. I saw this lying around in my shelf, and conside ...more
But I LOVE this book. Seriously, this book is so wonderful. The voice on this book. In later books, Jane A ...more
My first encounter with Northanger A ...more
All the same, Catherine is hardly what I would have t ...more
I really really enjoyed this book SO MUCH. The satire in it cracked me up, especially at the beginning, and I really loved Catherine as a protagonist! There definitely wasn't as much action & drama as other novels from this time period I've read (but I mean, it is satire...) but regardless, still wonderful.
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
WHEN I Discovered This Classic
I'm not sure when or how I first heard about Jane Austen. It feels like she's one of those authors that I've always known. I didn't know much about Northanger Abbey before I read it, but it kept cropping up while I was looking up Gothic literature, after enjoying Jane Eyre. Appropriately, I visited the British Museum's exhibition on Gothic literature earlier this month, which is where I discovered the 'Northanger Horr ...more
Loved the ...more
For a first novel, Northanger Abbey packs a lot of punch. Though not quite in the same league as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility,it has the trademark Austen wit & humour and the delightful social comedy/criticism–here's Austen ...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
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
“Upon my word! Half way through the book and nothing notable seems to have transpired! I was expecting Miss Austen to supply greater felicity than she has managed thus far and once again receive my complete approbation! I do declare I am awfully vexed.”
I really don’t know why I keep coming back to read Jane Austen books when they are not really suitable for my taste (if I can lay claim to possessing any). In most novels I read the stake ...more
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Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fr ...more