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Northanger Abbey (1817)

by Jane Austen

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"When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of 'Gothic novels' by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn. However, the truth turns out to be even stranger than fiction ..."--Container.… (more)
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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.
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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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    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (kara.shamy)
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    The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation: A Christmas Story by Louisa May Alcott (aulsmith)
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    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)
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    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 far and away my favorite Jane Austen. Partly because I love Gothic romances and this is a gentle, loving pastiche of them and partly because Catherine is my favorite Jane Austen heroine. She’s not clever like Lizzy or steady like Elinor (my next two favorites); Catherine is energetic and sweet, a little silly but too practical to get into any real trouble from it. And I love the relationship between her and Henry. Many Austen novels have decoy love interests to cause more drama but Catherine is so fundamentally uninterested in hers (because he’s a total dick) and so obviously compatible with Henry that the drama has to come from other sources, which I enjoy. I like seeing the couple having genuine fun together; it lets you see what the rest of their life will be like, not just the beginning. ( )
1 vote jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
Qué puedo decir, soy toda una fan de Jane Austen. Sus libros y sus respectivas adaptaciones, ¡veo todo lo que cae en mis manos! ( )
  ItsAkirex | May 6, 2021 |
Catherine Morland etc
  18cran | Apr 25, 2021 |
Every teenage girl's fantasy. ( )
  Rachel_Cucinella | Apr 24, 2021 |
This is not Austen’s first published book by far, but it is one of her early novels, which shows. It has a ‘juvenile’ feel to it and is almost fanfiction in nature, with frequent references to real-life literature that inspired the book and author’s notes spread throughout the book. This does not (for the most part) break the immersion but rather it was executed in a way that it added to the books’ charm.

The main lead Catherine is far from the clever and strong-willed Elizabeth Bennet and Emma Woodhouse, and sweet and gullible as she is, she is indeed not how you imagine a heroine, but she is loveable nonetheless and her character growth does not disappoint. Her naivete does result in unfortunate, cringey, and hilarious situations and often is the case that the reader is aware of that which Catherine remains blissfully oblivious. As much as her sweet innocence is a delight, it is truly a relief when Catherine is slowly but surely becoming more aware.

The book is made up of volume I, which, aside from the first chapter, takes place in Bath, and volume II, which largely takes place at the eponymous Northanger Abbey. The two volumes are very distinct from one another in terms of ambience. If that is a positive or a negative thing or neither, depends on the reader. Personally it did not bother me, however, I do feel the pacing in volume II wasn’t as good. The gothic novel parody part, however, was absolutely brilliant. My main complaint is that it was hard to enjoy the love interest, Mr. Tilney. I found him to be too patronizing to be likeable. His movie counterpart is far more charming. ( )
  CoderZebrine | Apr 11, 2021 |
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Austen, JaneAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Agliotta, Mary SarahNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bickford-Smith, CoralieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brock, C. E.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Butler, MarilynEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Facetti, GermanoCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grillo, ElenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, Claudia L.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lane, MaggiePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MacAdam, AlfredIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mathias, RobertCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pinching, DavidAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quiller-Couch, Arthur ThomasEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reim, RiccardoIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, JosephinePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rowe, AnneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sanderson, CarolinePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, JulietNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomson, HughIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiltshire, JohnPrefacesecondary 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.
"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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"When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of 'Gothic novels' by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn. However, the truth turns out to be even stranger than fiction ..."--Container.

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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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Penguin Australia

5 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141439793, 0141028130, 0141194855, 0141197714, 0141389427

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