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Northanger Abbey (Penguin Classics) (original 1817; edition 2003)

by Jane Austen

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Title:Northanger Abbey (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Jane Austen
Info:Penguin Classics (2003), Paperback, 288 pages
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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (1817)

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    The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe (upstairsgirl, Hollerama)
    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.
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    Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (ncgraham)
    ncgraham: Another brilliant parody.
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    Evelina by Frances Burney (flissp)
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    The Italian by Ann Radcliffe (kara.shamy)
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    Nightmare Abbey & Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock (SomeGuyInVirginia)
    SomeGuyInVirginia: Both satirize gothic gaspers.
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    Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer (inge87)
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    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (kara.shamy)

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I think Northanger Abbey may be my favorite Jane Austen novel, although it's almost impossible to pick a favorite. This one is up there, though. It's a lighthearted satire that parodies the Gothic novels of Austen's day and age. I love how good Catherine is... how she sees the best in people. I love how she loves to read and how her imagination can run away from her. It's just a fun read. Henry Tilney and his sister are both delightful characters as well, and Isabelle Thorpe is a perfectly written shallow gold-digger. Don't skip this Austen read just because it's not one of her more well-known works!


Would I recommend this to a fellow book-lover? Absolutely.
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter? Yes. ( )
  lauraodom | Apr 16, 2015 |
Every time I read Jane Austen I love her more. ( )
  poingu | Mar 6, 2015 |
"That is, I can read poetry and plays, and things of that sort, and do not dislike travels. But history, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in. Can you?" "Yes, I am fond of history." "I wish I were too. I read it a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all—it is very tiresome: and yet I often think it odd that it should be so dull, for a great deal of it must be invention.

I haven't read Northanger Abbey since I was a teenager and this time I listened to it as a Librivox audiobook, narrated by Elizabeth Klett. I don't remember it being so funny the first time round, but that is probably because I didn't see Catherine's typical teenage behaviour as being amusing when I was one myself. I think Jane Austen's comments on the status of women must have passed over me then too.

The antics of John and Isabella Thorpe made me laugh out loud this time, especially when Catherine failed to realise how manipulative they were being. John Thorpe is a humourless bore, and I started to visualise him as a younger version of Jeremy Clarkson as he went on and on about his carriage and his horses whether anyone was interested or not.

"Curricle-hung, you see; seat, trunk, sword-case, splashing-board, lamps, silver moulding, all you see complete; the iron-work as good as new, or better. He asked fifty guineas; I closed with him directly, threw down the money, and the carriage was mine."

As a result of this re-read I have decided that Northanger Abbey has overtaken Pride and Prejudice to become my favourite of Jane Austen's books. ( )
  isabelx | Jan 31, 2015 |
Catherine Morland is a naive 17-year-old country girl with a love of gothic novels.When the family friends(The Allen's)invite her to the spa town of Bath,she readily agrees to go.Her first week in Bath,she meets a witty young clergymen named Henry Tilney who she quickly falls in love with.When Henry's sister and father invite her to their country estate Northanger Abbey,Catherine having read all about Abbeys in her beloved gothic novels is ready to encounter murders,secret rooms and other myham.When her imagination runs wild it is up to her love Henry Tilney to make Catherine see how absurd her thoughts and ideas are.As in all Austen's novels you will meet some very ridiculous characters like the fashion obsessed Mrs.Allen and Mr.Thorpe today's version of a guy who loves to talk about how great he is,how much money he has and how fast his car goes.Jane Austen loved a laugh and in Northanger Abbey she takes great delight in mocking the gothic novel.Compared to Austen's other work like Pride and Prejudice,Northanger doesn't have the character development,plotting and pose of her mature work but is still a joy to read. ( )
  thereadingrebel | Dec 22, 2014 |
Just what you'd expect of Jane Austen. Lots of 'misunderstandings', society pressures and immature behavior. A fun read and interesting look back. ( )
  jkgrage | Nov 24, 2014 |
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No one who ever had seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be an heroine.
"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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This LT work, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, is the original form of this novel. Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey [ISBN 1854598376] is a dramatization of this work by Tim Luscombe. Please do not combine the two; thank you.
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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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