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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
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Jun 28, 09

bookshelves: classics, regency-era, england
Recommended for: Anglophiles,Jane Austen fans, English lit fans
Read in June, 2009

This was one I delayed for many years because I had read somewhere that it was nothing at all compared to Miss Austen's other great works I devoired greedily in my youth. But then I saw the movie and realized that no matter what, it was penned by my dear Jane Austen so had to be charming. It was. It it lighter in scope and substance, but charming and entertaining nevertheless. The characters are delightful and some a little mysterious. The language is what I love. (I know I'm not alone, haven't you seen "You've Got Mail" where Kathleen Kennedy says she "gets lost in the language, words like, "thither"....etc.) My silly old-fashioned soul takes such delight in the speech and manners of those days. Now, I'm off to find a copy of The Mysteries of Udolpho (by Anne Radcliffe) that is so often mentioned in this book. I'm happy to report I did find a nice copy of The Italian by Anne Radcliffe that was also mentioned.
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