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Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  6,863 ratings  ·  242 reviews
Northanger Abbey depicts the misadventures of Catherine Morland, young, ingenuous, and mettlesome, and an indefatigable reader of gothic novels. Their romantic excess and dark overstatement feed her imagination, as tyrannical fathers and diabolical villains work their evil on forlorn heroines in isolated settings. What could be more remote from the uneventful securities of ...more
Paperback, 379 pages
Published October 30th 2003 by Oxford University Press (first published 1818)
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Mary Jaimes-Serrano
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a Jane Austen fan. I have read most of her work and love them all. Northanger Abbey is one of my favorites. While it started out slower than what I was expecting, it leads a great path to the growth of an adventurous mind. Overactive imaginations are a wonderful thing especially for writers. But in the time period for young ladies looking for love, they were very troublesome. I could read this over and over again. Oh wait, I already have.
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid."

Northanger Abbey follows the fortunes of Catherine Morland who spends the 'season' in Bath with family friends. Catherine is an avid reader of novels and has a vivid imagination. This is an important point because Catherine frequently jumps to conclusions which luckily she usually keeps to herself. For example, she believes that one character has murdered his wife by neglect and takes it upon h
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Another classic I need to read again soon.
Kara Babcock
I've talked smack about Jane Austen before, not so much to discount her ability as a writer—if you question that, then oh, we will throw down—but to compare her unfavourably to George Eliot. What can I say? I was young and stupid two years ago!

Today I would like to apologize to Miss Austen. Since Middlemarch I've come a long way and read a lot more of Austen's works, and while Eliot's novel remains uneclipsed by Austen's novels, my awe and appreciation of Austen's abilities has only increased. T
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century
I've been off-handedly looking for Austen's novels for my home library for a while, and Northanger Abbey was the last one that remained. Thanks to a recent trip to the used bookstore, I now have a well-worn but intact copy of this edition, which includes not only NA, but the other short and incomplete works mentioned in the title. Each has its own unique tone and subject matter, and I was glad to have the opportunity to read them all.


Northanger Abbey: Way back when, this novel was in a collecti
Elliot A
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jane-austen
I have now come to the part in my research, which requires me to read Austen’s works, finished and unfinished.

I think this was my third or fourth time reading Northanger Abbey and I’m surprised and delighted how every subsequent read is just as entertaining and as fresh as the first read.

I have to say, though, that having done as much research on Austen’s life and work, I’m baffled by the harsh critique some critics give poor Catherine Morland.

She deserves a lot more credit than I have seen her
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a flight somewhere earlier this year I watched Love and Friendship (2016), the deeply enjoyable film directed by Whit Stillman that is based on Jane Austen’s Lady Susan and stars Kate Beckinsale as the “lovely, calculating, and utterly amoral widow” herself (quoting Claudia L. Johnson’s “Introduction” to the Oxford World’s Classics edition). 2017 being the two hundredth anniversary of Austen’s far-too-early death, it was high time I read the novel itself—as well as The Watsons and Sanditon, a ...more
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-classics
This is my favourite of Austen's novels but it's not as straightforward as it appears on first reading...its very demanding of the reader and too many people miss the intelligence behind it and see only the naive silliness of a herione who lives in the world of the Gothic Romance's she's reading rather than the real world.

I love the characterisation in this novel - General Tilney is cast by the heroine Catherine as the perfect Gothic villain, Isabella Thorpe is an arch maipulator and represents
Hannah Polley
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, jane-austen
I love Jane Austen and these stories are no exception.

Northanger Abbey - this is a short novel as it is less than 200 pages. The heroine, Catherine Morland, spends some time in Bath, where she meets the Tilney's and falls in love with the younger Mr. Tilney. Catherine is invited by his father, General Tilney, to spend some time with the family at Northanger Abbey which Catherine is overjoyed at as she is big fan of Gothic literature. Sadly, Catherine is abruptly turned out by General Tilney and
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Blaize Castle!” cried Catherine; “what is that?”
“The finest place in England – worth going fifty miles at any time to see.”
“What, is it really a castle, an old castle?”
“The oldest in the kingdom.”
“But is it like what one reads of?”
“Exactly – the very same.”
“But now really – are there towers and long galleries?”
“By dozens.”

The irony of this dialogue between the imaginative young ingénue Catherine and her would-be suitor, the boorish John Thorpe, is that Blaise Castle is neither the oldest
Christine Martin
I've had this weird goal for years. I wanted to read a Jane Austen novel before I saw the movie. Since I had seen almost all the versions of all but one of her books, my choice was narrowed down to Northanger Abby. I did buy the Felicity Jones & JJ Fields film before I read the book, and it sat in its wrapper for years. I will confess that I was a little nervous about reading Austen. I thought her language might be a little too much for me. However, after listening to Middlemarch last year, that ...more
George Fowles
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall 4 ⭐
[Northanger Abbey - 4⭐]
I quite enjoyed this for the amount of wit and sarcasm in it. Especially the laundry receipts circling back at the end. I also enjoyed the parody of gothic novels and indulging in those ideas with Catherine even though I know there won't be anything as sinister. I felt hurt when Catherine is booted out and was genuinely irritated by John Thorpe. I only wish things didn't happen so much outside of our main character even though it made for a good, perhaps too qui
Aaron Eames
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Austen’s early, sideswiping send-up of the Gothic genre overturns its conventions of horrid crimes, unlit passages, and dark hearts overflowing with passion, in order to relate Catherine Morland’s first visit to Bath, overflowing with little more horrible than the hypocrisy of a newfound friend, or the rodomontade and unsought solicitations of Mr Thorpe. At Northanger Abbey,however, Catherine’s fondness for Gothic novels tempts her to assume the worst and come to comical conclusions about a shop ...more
Rebecca Rouillard
I had to reread Sanditon after I watched the first episode on Sunday night. While it’ll be up to Andrew Davies to make something of the relationship between Charlotte and Sidney, Jane Austen has laid the groundwork with a feast of comic characters and an evocative setting. It’s particularly impressive that she wrote this fragment while ill, a short time before her death - it is witty, confident and optimistic and provides plenty of ‘scope for the imagination’.
Jacquline Ard
I only read Northanger Abbey.
I loved Northanger Abbey. The characters, the gothic element, the narration style, it was a lot of fun!
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let it be known, the only part of this book I read was Sanditon. What else can I say about an unfinished Austen...I wish it was finished, I wish Jane Austen could have lived to write many, many more books! That however won't change. So I will just say the same with any Jane Austen, I have read, it sucked me into a different time and place and let me live there. I will always be amazed at the ability and skill that Jane used in writing humans. I rated four stars only because it is unfinished, oth ...more
Miss Jools
Just read Northanger Abbey in this collection. Loved it! A lot better than Emma and maybe even P&P... ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: female-author
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I’ve read this book several times before and I must admit that it’s not my favourite book. I’m not an Austen fan so please bear that in mind while you’re reading this review. I really don’t intend to offend any Austen fans.

I really enjoyed Austen’s writing style. I love that Northanger Abbey is full of intertextual references and I really particularly this section about The Mysteries of Udolpho and other Gothic novels of the time:

Randee Baty
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: british-classic
It seems to be the rage to love Jane Austen right now and for once, I completely agree with a fad. I love Jane Austen's writings. And I love them even more now having read this with my Brit Lit class. My professor was so enthusiastic about this book that it was pure pleasure to attend class each day.

Northanger Abbey is a satire of Gothic novels. That's pretty clear. Catherine is a young girl from a large, middle-class family taken to the luxuries of Bath by her rich childless neighbors. There s
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic
I was so torn by trying to rate this OWC edition of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and several short stories (one complete, two fragments). If I rated it based on Northanger Abbey, I'd have to give it 1 star. I hated it. I also disliked The Watsons and Sandition, though as these were unfinished or discarded manuscripts, it's not fair to judge them too harshly.

But, were I to rate this collection solely on Lady Susan, I wouldn't hesitate to say 5 stars immediately. I am a huge fan of the epistolar
Abby Nall
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On Northanger Abbey: Having read all of Austen's other completed novels, I was expecting something different, more akin to the darkness and misery of Mansfield Park (I knew that NA is often described as a gothic novel). However, the characters are well-written in Jane's typical way, the hero and heroine are likable, the villains are easy to despise, and the story entertaining. Jane's parody of contemporary gothic novels and critique of the snobbery that discounted novels as worthless are charact ...more
This 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 Cat
Mar 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
Wow, what a departure! I loved this very different novel. This book shows Austen's ability to step out of her mold. I particularly liked how she addresses the reader and defines/justifies her heroine's failings yet still allows her the role. A delight!
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Existential Investigator
The book was okay. I'm of two minds about Jane Austen. Her prose is wonderfully sophisticated, but her stories aren't really that interesting to me. I've read Persuasion prior, which I think is the better book. Northanger Abbey suffers from fairly bland characters, particularly Mr. Tilney who has almost no opportunities to show much of a personality with perhaps a couple of exceptions, but even then I'm thinking more of witty remarks rather than true shows of personality.

The first half of this b
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I continue to love Northanger Abbey although on this reread I found the ending rushed. I love the way that Austen frames the narrative with continual discussion of Catherine and how she falls shy of a true heroine. Also love the unremitting spoofing of gothic romance.

Lady Susan I had never read before. Love the epistolary format; seeing the same event through Lady Susan's eyes and then through the eyes of her sister-in-law is really funny. I love how unrepentant and villainous Lady Susan is and
Chloe Bright
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
This is my first Jane Austen read. The plot wasn't too special, but it wasn't boring either. I absolutely stan the fact that this was less than 200 pages!!
I don't really have much to say about it because not much happened, but it wasn't terrible. This isn't a novel of hers that I've heard about much at all beforehand, so I know her others may be better. I might give her other stuff a try, and there's a possibility I may be required to read more of her in the future. Classics aren't really my th
Dayna Smith
The classic work of historical fiction by arguably one of the greatest writers of all time. The story of young Catherine who travels to Bath with friends of her family. She is an avid reader, especially of Gothic mysteries like those by Ann Radcliffe. When she meets the Tilney's and is invited to visit them at Northanger Abbey she begins to impart the sinister goings on of her books to the real life General Tilney. She falls in love, learns about the true meaning of friendship, and becomes wiser ...more
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