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Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, the Watsons, and Sanditon by Jane Austen
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Nov 03, 08

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2008, read-more-than-once, 2013
Read in January, 2013

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 favorite Jane Austen novels. I mean, the book is just seriously funny and filled with Austen's wit. Austen's talent shines as she, tongue in cheek, mocks the fainting heroines, the haunted dwellings and terrors of the Gothic novel.
From the opening description of Catherine Morland to all her pokes at Gothic literature, this book just kept me laughing.
I must mention that I believe the Thorpe's to be some of the best foils to an Austen heroine found in any of her 6 major works. Throughout the novel they were thorns in the side of Catherine (and the reader) but our poor heroine could not see it. How happy we are as Catherine slowly begins to pull that thorn out!
And of course, we can not overlook Mr. Tilney. He is by far Jane Austen's wittiest and most accessible hero. Every time I read Northanger Abbey I have to wonder what all the ladies find so appealing about that broody Mr. Darcy when they can have charming Mr. Tilney.
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message 1: by Janelle (new)

Janelle Yes! I've never been a Darcy woman. I think I'm a Bingley gal.

message 2: by Lizzy (new)

Lizzy V I would have to say that Sense and Sensibility's Col. Brandon would be my first man pick with Darcy a heart racing second. However, in real life Tilney would make me laugh and I was always a sucker for funny guys.

This novel always makes me chuckle.

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