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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
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Northanger Abbey (1818)

by Jane Austen

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    The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe (upstairsgirl, HollyMS)
    upstairsgirl: This is the book that Austen's heroine is reading (and which Austen is wryly mocking) in Northanger Abbey. Fun to read with each other; Udolpho is possibly less fun on its own.
  2. 123
    Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (ncgraham)
    ncgraham: Another brilliant parody.
  3. 40
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (kara.shamy)
  4. 41
    Evelina by Frances Burney (flissp)
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    The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation: A Christmas Story by Louisa May Alcott (aulsmith)
  6. 42
    Nightmare Abbey [and] Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock (SomeGuyInVirginia)
    SomeGuyInVirginia: Both satirize gothic gaspers.
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    The Italian by Ann Radcliffe (kara.shamy)
  8. 43
    Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer (inge87)
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    Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (TheLittlePhrase)
    TheLittlePhrase: protagonists who struggle to differentiate between reality & the books that they read
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This is a wonderfully written, rather silly, story. It is great fun and provides Austen with a vehicle for expressing many opinions about fiction, snobbery, fashion, love and friendship. All the problems are very much first-world ones in ways that are remarkably modern.
  rosiezbanks | Mar 21, 2019 |
As opposed to the novels she wrote later and published earlier, there is something slight about 'Northanger Abbey'. The sharp wit and the characters, surely sketched from life, are present, but those characters and that wit and the locations and the plot don't bind themselves together.

Catherine's central characteristic is not a new one - see 'Don Quixote' - she has read far too many books of a certain kind and her life is infected. Instead of knights errant she sees foreboding ruins and men with sinister agendas. Through the whirlwind of her visit in Bath she clings to the fact of her heroineship in the face of mass indifference and a total lack of fateful hardship. She makes friends and has suitors, there is a misunderstanding or two, and I don't think its too much of a shock to report that the ending is a splendid for her as it is for any of Austen's heroines.

My only issue is that there simply isn't enough here. This was worthwhile, but most of the characters seem like shadows of characters that she would develop in her later work. I also recommend reading 'The Mysteries of Udolpho' beforehand as it added quite a lot to the humor of Catherine's situation and her conversations and suspicions. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
After being so-so about Pride and Prejudice, which everyone seems to love, I was suprised at how much I liked Northanger Abbey. It is genuinely funny. ( )
  eraderneely | Feb 14, 2019 |
Laugh-out-loud funny. Merciless yet loving satire of the gothic novel and its readers. ( )
  camillawb | Nov 6, 2018 |
masterpiece as seen on public television
  Lonarae47 | Nov 3, 2018 |
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Austen, Janeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Agliotta, Mary SarahNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bickford-Smith, CoralieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brock, C EIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Butler, MarilynEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Facetti, GermanoCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Johnson, Claudia L.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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No one who ever had seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be an heroine.
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"Oh! It is only a novel!" replies the young lady, while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. "It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda"; 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.
Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
...but while I have Udolpho to read, I feel as if nobody could make me miserable.
Young people do not like to be always thwarted.
Give me but a little cheerful company, let me only have the company of the people I love, let me be where I like and with whom I like, and the devil may take the rest
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Catherine, at seventeen, is an insatiable reader of 'horrid' novels full of villainous monks, secret corridors and blameless heroines. So, when, during an eventful visit to Bath, she is invited to the Tilneys' family home, Northanger Abbey, her cup is full. The quizzical Henry Tilney embarrasses her by guessing at her vivid speculations and she fears that she has lost his good opinion for ever. Just as she begins to hope again, his father inexplicably banishes her...In a lively novel, portraying social life in fashionable Bath and the terrors of an imposing country house, Jane Austen exposes the dangers of an over-active imagination, of mistaken ideals and of bad faith. But while Catherine's youthful blunders are treated with reconciling good humour, hypocrisy, avarice and social climbing are unmercifully delineated in this joyously incisive love story.
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Though Northanger Abbey is one of Jane Austen's earliest novels, it was not published until after her death--well after she'd established her reputation with works such as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility. Of all her novels, this one is the most explicitly literary in that it is primarily concerned with books and with readers. In it, Austen skewers the novelistic excesses of her day made popular in such 18th-century Gothic potboilers as Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho. Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers all figure into Northanger Abbey, but with a decidedly satirical twist. Consider Austen's introduction of her heroine: we are told on the very first page that "no one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be an heroine." The author goes on to explain that Miss Morland's father is a clergyman with "a considerable independence, besides two good livings--and he was not in the least addicted to locking up his daughters." Furthermore, her mother does not die giving birth to her, and Catherine herself, far from engaging in "the more heroic enjoyments of infancy, nursing a dormouse, feeding a canary-bird, or watering a rose-bush" vastly prefers playing cricket with her brothers to any girlish pastimes.

Catherine grows up to be a passably pretty girl and is invited to spend a few weeks in Bath with a family friend. While there she meets Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor, who invite her to visit their family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Austen amuses herself and us as Catherine, a great reader of Gothic romances, allows her imagination to run wild, finding dreadful portents in the most wonderfully prosaic events. But Austen is after something more than mere parody; she uses her rapier wit to mock not only the essential silliness of "horrid" novels, but to expose the even more horrid workings of polite society, for nothing Catherine imagines could possibly rival the hypocrisy she experiences at the hands of her supposed friends. In many respects Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen's novels, yet at its core is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage, 19th-century British style. --Alix Wilber

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The romantic folly of young Catherine Morland whose entry into life in nineteenth-century England is attended by the collapse of many illusions.

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