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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
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Jan 17, 2012

it was amazing

After a rather long hiatus from this delightful volume, I devoured the remainder. It seems that, throughout, Austen is writing a satire and gentle critique of the novel, the heroine, and the Gothic Novel in particular. The result, while at first seeming overly contrived, ends up a rather delightful volume. I particularly like in the last few pages, when Austen suddenly inserts herself into the narrative with an "I" statement (from the author/narrator), and then declines to introduce the man she suddenly marries Eleanor off to, citing the rules of composition which would not allow her to introduce a character unconnected (hitherto) to her tale. All in all, quite an enjoyable read.

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“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

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