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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
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Apr 09, 08

bookshelves: schoolreads, the-horror, fictions, mad-women-in-the-attic
Read in April, 2008

This was my second Jane Austen book and the first in quite a while. So my opinion of Austen might be super uninteresting to the well-read fans. I liked this book. I thought it was cool that Austen would have such fun parodying Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho as well as Gothic horror literature in general. I haven't read Udolpho but am familiar with the basic conventions of the Gothic tale and I think Austen succeeded tremendously in her parody of those conventions. I have heard a few people say Catherine's character bugged them because she isn't the traditionally witty, strong-willed Austen heroine - an accurate description, I think. That might not fly for most Austen novels, but is perfect for Gothic heroines. I also thought John Thorpe was a real nuisance, but always super entertaining to read about - he manages to cause all sorts of difficulty. But it seems to me that Austen really likes her characters and treats them well, even when they do stupid things. She's just a good writer. Glad I read this.

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message 1: by Angie (last edited Apr 10, 2008 09:11AM) (new)

Angie I'm glad you liked it, Jon. I thought Northanger Abbey was a hoot and I always feel bad when people say they only read it once and look down their noses at it.

message 2: by Jon (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jon Are these people who only read Austen and Mormon fiction? because their opinion doesn't count. That's probably unfair to say, but that was who told me it wasn't cool. I'd love to read it again; I probably missed a lot of things.

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