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In Northanger Abbey, a young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart. Austen's first, this is considered by many to be among her most charming novels.
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Claire
I have a confession to make.

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
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Zoë (readbyzoe)
I really enjoyed this! I am, obviously, a huge fan of Jane Austen, but I had heard so little about this novel that I was unsure of it going in. It definitely isn't as perfect as Pride and Prejudice (nothing can be, let's be honest), but I loved the parody of 18th century gothic novels and found myself laughing at loud several times. Mr. Tilney and Catherine were the only two characters I really enjoyed in this novel as everyone else seemed to be vain, materialistic, and/or annoying. This both ma ...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

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
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Bookworm Sean
Jane Austen’s novels are just about romance and naïve women. There just another telling of boy meets girl in an uninspiring way with a few social issues thrown in. Well, ashamed as I am to admit it, that is what I used to believe in my woefully idiotic ignorance. How foolish of me. Now that I’ve actually bothered to read one of her novels, because I had to for university purposes, I realise how stupid I was to actually think this. Jane Austen is one of, if not the, best novelists of all time. If ...more
Jeffrey Keeten
NOVELS.
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
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Raeleen Lemay
I have no idea how to rate this book, because there wasn't anything in particular that I disliked, but also nothing that I enjoyed. I've come to the conclusion that Austen just isn't for me, because I never find myself even remotely interested in what's going on, and I find her novels to be quite dull.

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!
Henry Avila
Catherine Morland , is your typical seventeen -year- old -girl, of the turn of the century (19th, that is). She reads too much, an illness that is sadly terminal. Gothic books are her passion and the rage of the era . Any ancient home, that is eerie , ominous or sinister, the young lady would enjoy seeing, if there were any in the area. She lives in a quiet English village, (too quiet), where everyone knows each other, which keeps the populous from misadventures. Her parents have ten children, a ...more
Will M.
This is my very first romance novel, and I have to say that I'm not that entertained. It's not because guys shouldn't read romance, but because I just don't like reading romance novels. I'm confident about my masculinity, so reading romance novels shouldn't be a problem for me, but I didn't enjoy this, so reading romance is not going to happen very often.

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
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Kelly
May 24, 2007 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: jane austen fans, young women
This is one of the lesser regarded Austens. It has nowhere near the fan club that the Holy Trinity of Austen (Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Sense and Sensibility) has. It's one of her first books and it's true, the prose and development of characters is not as mature. The book is more of a homage/satire of Gothic lit, mixed with the comedy of manners style that she would be famous for later.

But I LOVE this book. Seriously, this book is so wonderful. The voice on this book. In later books, Jane A
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Eve
It's been some time since Jane and I communed. The reason: the only major works of hers that I've yet to read are Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park, my least favorites based on their film adaptations. If your first encounters with the Austen adaptations include all of the BBC's remastered collection from the early 2000s, then consider yourself fortunate. Before then, many of us Austenites we're left to scour through various adaptations and hope for the best.

My first encounter with Northanger A
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Reynje

Time for a re-read!

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Four for you, Mr Tilney, you go Mr Tilney.
Trevor
Having read both Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion I was a little surprised by this one. The first thing that surprised me was that the heroine is basically as thick as they come. I would have said that Austen is the sort of writer who creates the sort of main female characters that men are rather likely to fall in love with. I mean, I know women who go all weak at the knees over Mr Darcy, but when compared to Lizzy he is merely a sad shadow.

All the same, Catherine is hardly what I would have t
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Maureen
Probably even a 4.5 for me!
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.
Jean
Northanger Abbey is the shortest of Jane Austen's six major novels, and has a special place in many readers' hearts. In many ways it is not the tightly constructed witty sort of story we expect from this author, yet its spontaneity and rough edges prove to be part of its charm. Started when she was very young, it should perhaps more properly be classed as part of her juvenilia. What lifts it above the other earlier works, however, is the skill she demonstrates for writing a parody of all the got ...more
Sanaa
[4 Stars] I buddy read this with Maureen from Maureen Keavy and it was so much fun! I wasn't originally planning on reading it this week, but it just ended up happening. I listened to the audiobook for this, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. This book was witty, sarcastic, so much fun, and I just really enjoyed Catherine's character. The first half of the book was my favorite because of how drama filled it was. The second half was good as well, but I felt like I was missing something. I wanted ...more
Jason Koivu
Whereas Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma are swathed in petticoat layer upon layer's worth of love and relationship intrigue, by comparison Northanger Abbey wears but a thin veil. The satirical jabs are still present and as enjoyable as usual, but there is a lack of depth to the characters, their exchanges and the plot density expected in an Austen novel. Add in its gothic elements and it becomes Bronte-esque...eeewwww! But that is no doubt the point, this being Austen's atte ...more
Aubrey
3.5/5

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
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Stacey (prettybooks)
This post is part of the 2015 Classics Challenge.

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
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Misty
Austen-ites tend to look down on this one as the lesser of the six, but this is one of my favorites because it is so fun and light. It's breezy, and this may sound weird, but I think it most shows what Jane would have been like as a friend.
Skylar Burris
When I first read Northanger Abbey as a teenager, I thought it little more than a clever, entertaining parody on the gothic romance genre, and a rather captivating romance story itself. Upon my second reading, however, I now see it only secondarily as a parody, and primarily as a satire on the duplicitous nature of civilized man, including (but not limited to) an exposé of the games courting men and women play. Northanger Abbey is very well written, and though it lacks the subtlety of Austen’s l ...more
Tatiana
"Northanger Abbey" is by far the most lighthearted and charming book of Austen's. I haven't read it in a while and was inspired to reread it after watching the latest PBS movie adaptation. Not overburdened with tragedies and misery, this witty satire on popular at the time gothic novels, was a pleasure to read. Definitely written when Austen was still optimistic about love and life.
Karen
I've been wanting to read this book for quite some time. Jane Austen's fabulous writing never ceases to amaze and delight me. She was truly a modern woman of her time. She writes with such wit and intelligence for the period... 1797-1799, or any period, really, it baffles the mind. We take for granted the higher education and freedom of will in our women today. Miss Austen was a true pioneer for not only women of her time, but all women writers, and even women's advancement in general.

Loved the
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Book Riot Community
This was a reread for me, and much-needed one! I don’t remember getting half the jokes and humor in this book as a teenager that I did now. Northanger Abbey is simply delightful, but by far the best part of the book is MR. TILNEY! (His can only be pronounced in a squee.) He is the actual best. So handsome and charming and smart and nice (except when it’s very necessary not to be nice). He’s like if Benedict Cumberbatch and T Hiddles had a baby in Regency England. Mr Tilney is by far my favorite ...more
Martine
Jul 08, 2008 Martine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans and girlish girls
Penguin calls Northanger Abbey 'the most youthful and optimistic' of Jane Austen’s romances. I'm going to be slightly less generous myself and call it the most immature of her major works. While the story about a seventeen-year-old girl who is led astray by false friends and her own overactive imagination is delightful, the way in which it is told is in some regards quite immature. So is the heroine herself, who sadly doesn't really work for me. As far as I'm concerned, sweet and naïve Catherine ...more
Mala
My dear Gr friend Sketchbook had once opined that unless one has a radically different theory and/or an outrageously new approach,one shdn't really review a Jane Austen book cause all that one can say about her books; has already been said.

Briefly then...
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
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Kwesi 章英狮
This is my second Austen book and I really enjoyed it. Yes, I enjoyed it but there are parts that bore me to death, like trying to force me down to bed. I enjoyed how Austen wrote every conversation the characters trying to deliver, they are graceful, with intent and very unique. I'm not used the way they speak and maybe if somebody heard me talking like Catherine maybe people will laugh at me or get annoyed easily. But one thing that really attract me most was Austen's Catherine, she's not girl ...more
Meli
Siempre me gusto este libro porque creo que es extremadamente diferente e innovador. Es más que una novela romántica, tiene algo de critica, tiene algo de parodia y mucho sarcasmo. No se parece a ningún otro libro de esta autora, y creo que es el más ameno de todos ellos.

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
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David
This was a fun, light-hearted romp, but I think it's not one of Austen's best works. It had her characteristic humor, and I love the way she delivers both approbation and condemnation in such wry, genteel turns of phrase. Austen's world is a Regency fairyland where nothing truly violent or horrific ever happens, which makes Catherine Morland, the 17-year-old heroine of Northanger Abbey all the more endearing. Catherine reads lots of gothic novels, and would like nothing better than to be trapped ...more
Boz4pm
It was with some trepidation that I started this. I feared the worst, but also hoped that time, age and the changes in me might mean I could better appreciate what it was about this author that appeals to so many.

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
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Apatt
When I was half way through Northanger Abbey I was thinking:

“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
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Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) 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.

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