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"Northanger Abbey" tells the story of a young girl, Catherine Morland who leaves her sheltered, rural home to enter the busy, sophisticated world of Bath in the late 1790s. Austen observes with insight and humour the interaction between Catherine and the various characters whom she meets there, and tracks her growing
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Paperback, 184 pages
Published 2007 by Wordsworth Editions (first published December 1st 1817)
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Stephanie Okay, I'm going out on a limb here, but has it ever occurred to anyone that Henry Tilney is gay? I mean, I've read N.A. several times in my life and…moreOkay, I'm going out on a limb here, but has it ever occurred to anyone that Henry Tilney is gay? I mean, I've read N.A. several times in my life and although I enjoy the book tremendously, there never seems to be an ounce of real romance or heat or buzz between Henry and Catherine. Also, there seem to be a few other clues.

Not that Austen would ever come out and say anything like this and perhaps she didn't even know that subconsciously she was writing a gay character. Maybe she didn't even know what a gay person was. But for some years I have thought that Catherine is chosen in the end because she's a little dim and she makes an excellent beard.

Okay, you can all start throwing daggers at me now.(less)
☆*:.。. DANIELA .。.:*☆ The marriage standards of the time were: Men earned the money (fan and lavender water), while women were keepers of the home (agreeableness,…moreThe marriage standards of the time were: Men earned the money (fan and lavender water), while women were keepers of the home (agreeableness, compliance, etc).
He means to say that in dancing, the roles are reversed. It is men who must be agreeable and comply to a women's wishes, while women who will provide the 'materials' needed.
He's basically poking fun. (less)

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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
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
A creepy mansion ...
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Dark and stormy nights ...
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... and Jane Austen just having fun with us.
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"Now I must give one smirk, and then we may be rational again."

Seventeen year old Catherine Morland, as innocent and naïve a heroine as Austen ever created, with no particular distinguishing characteristics except goodhearted sincerity and an overfondness for Gothic novels, is invited to stay in Bath for several weeks with kindly and wealthy neighbors. She meets a new bestie, Isabella ...
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emma
I don’t even know what to say. This book was such a flippin’ blast.



https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...

Okay, that’s a little bit of a lie. I know the most important thing I have to say. First and foremost: I’M IN LOVE WITH HENRY TILNEY.

SO FUNNY, smart, handsome, owns a cute house, and dare I say...woke?! He’s the best. But let me backtrack a bit.

Northanger Abbey is Austen’s satire, and she pokes fun at gothic horror books by having her heroine, Catherine, believe she’s essentially in
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Lisa
"It is only a novel... or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language."

Well, I guess Jane Austen wrote my review of her novel - in her novel. That's a bit annoying, as I can't compete with her wit of course. But even more annoying is the fact that I wrote my own
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Henry Avila
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 and ...more
Bill Kerwin
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic, 19th-c-brit

A charming early Austen novel filled with overt criticism of Mrs. Radcliffe and implied criticism of Fanny Burney . . . but this is very gentle criticism indeed, since young Jane is obviously a huge fan of both writers.

Her heroine Catharine Morland is a charming naif in the Evelina mode--perhaps just a little too naive, and therein lies some of the criticism--who is fascinated by all things gothic and therefore misinterprets much of what she sees, manufacturing the sinister in a score of places
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Anne
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth may be the most beloved, & Emma may be the hated, and (of course) Elinor is the most sensible, but I personally think Catherine is the most relatable.

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We can't all be as witty and perceptive as Lizzie, and we hopefully aren't as meddling and silly as Emma. But Catherine? Well, she's somewhere in the middle of normal. She's not always as clever as she wishes, she's not the wealthiest heiress in the room, and she's not always sure of what she's doing. She's just...every girl who's
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Raeleen Lemay
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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!
Bionic 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 ...more
Jason Pettus
Nov 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(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),
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be completed for publication, in 1803. However, it was not published until after her death in 1817, along with another novel of hers, Persuasion. Northanger Abbey is a satire of Gothic novels, which were quite popular at the time, in 1798–99. This coming-of-age story revolves around Catherine Morland, a young and naïve "heroine," who entertains the reader on her journey to a better understanding of the world
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Sanaa
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-collection
[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
Dem
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-for-me
What would be considered a romantic Rom Com in today’s Reading world, Northanger Abbey is more a fanciful, whimsical read that really didn't do anything for me. I am more a fan of the Bronte sisters as feel their novels are more intense and atmospheric whereas Austen tends to be more lighthearted and romantic in my opinion.

I came across this on Audible Original narrated by Emma Thompson and stuck for something to listen to on a car journey I figured I would give it a try. Unfortunately this was
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Kelly
May 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Trevor
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
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
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Diane
This book was a delight! I hadn't read it in more than a decade, and decided to pick it up again for a few reasons: First, I recently had the good fortune to visit Bath, and much of this novel is set in that lovely English city; second, I had just read Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw," which is a ghost story, and I was eager to revisit this early Austen work that played with Gothic themes; third, and perhaps most importantly, I just like reading Jane Austen novels.

A quick plot summary:
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Elizabeth
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
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I understand this novel is a satire. I also understand that this book was published posthumously and so right now, Jane Austin may very well be rolling in her grave saying "Oh God, I can't believe they published Northanger Abbey." I understand I am one of very few people who feel this way. However, I do feel this way.

You can't just write a book about incredibly irritating characters who are flustered by very trivial situations and then say "oh no, but it's a satire about books that have
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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
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Idarah
Oct 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014, classics
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
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Luís C.
This malicious and delicate story invites the reader to reflect on the usefulness of reading novels. With a pleasant sense of humor, the author mocks Gothic novels and their exaggerations bordering on ridicule, and introduces their story into a daily and plausible scenario, not less tender.
Jane Austen makes the social critique of her time and also the moral analysis of her characters.
The heroine, Catherine Morland, gets carried away by the imagination addicted to readings about mysterious crimes
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Emer (A Little Haze)
The trashiest of Austen's novels. Easy to read, utterly ridiculous and it's got Henry Tilney... Love it

So I've been having a crisis of conscience recently. I decided that maybe my love for Austen was waning. That maybe she wasn't all she was cracked up to be. So when Gabby suggested this Austen buddy read I thought okay. Let's stop wondering and see if I could be as much into Austen now as I was as a teenager.

Northanger Abbey is Austen's gothic parody. On one hand she sends up these expected
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leynes
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally didn't expect Northanger Abbey to be as cute as it was. I don't necessarily enjoy romance novels but this one really spoke to me. Who would've thought that my stone cold heart could be warmed like this? ;)

But let's start off with a minor critcism. I wasn't the biggest fan of the writing style. It felt juvenile and unexperienced to me. That might not be all that surprising since Northanger Abbey is Austen's debut. Her writing suffered from endless repetitions of the same phrases (e.g.
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Maddie
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This was such a great first classic for the year. The society and the play with a Gothic setting was so fun and the characters had such defined personalities.

It was quite a low-key romance, which I enjoyed, as Catherine did get sad when Henry disappeared for a bit, but it's not like she stopped going to the theatre and hanging out with her best friends. Friendship is valued in this book way more than love is, and that was a nice change. Also, Eleanor may have been my favourite (like Charlotte
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Apatt
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
“When a young lady is (by whatever means) introduced into a dwelling of this kind, she is always lodged apart from the rest of the family. While they snugly repair to their own end of the house, she is formally conducted by Dorothy, the ancient housekeeper, up a different staircase, and along many gloomy passages, into an apartment never used since some cousin or kin died in it about twenty years before. Can you stand such a ceremony as this? Will not your mind misgive you when you find yourself ...more
Teresa
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread -- I read it in this edition: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...

Especially when compared to, say, Mansfield Park, which I also reread recently, this is a minor work. But still there is much to contemplate here: the lack of—and need for—good education for females; that being taught how to think helps overcome this lack; the elements of this early work showing us what Austen’s fiction is not like. If all that makes this short novel sound didactic, I’ve misled you. Humor abounds in
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Maureen
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Chrissie
At the bottom of this tale lies a romance. If this had been all there were to think about, I would have dropped it at the start.

It was the humor that initially drew me to this book. The humor is satirical. Austen’s humor is not mean. She is not nasty, but she is criticizing the restraints placed on women, the strict norms of social propriety and that marriages are dictated by money and class. Most importantly, she is poking a finger at the popularity of the Gothic novel. It was all the rage
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Anne
I think it's time for me to make another Austen Confession:

Pride and Prejudice isn't my favourite Austen novel, and in fact, is rapidly going down the list. Now don't be alarmed, my order of Austen novels in terms of preference always changes, my top favourite varies from day to day, and I DO LIKE PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (feeling the need to yell before one of the Janeites puts words in my mouth and tells me I don't like it), but I have often felt that I liked it as much as I do mainly because it's
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