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

by Jane Austen (Author)

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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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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (1817)

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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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  Drfreddy94 | Oct 10, 2021 |
“No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be a heroine.”

With these words Jane Austen opens her hilarious and heart-racing satire of the gothic, Northanger Abbey.

You can easily enjoy this novel without knowing anything about the rise of the novel and gothic literature. Catherine has to dodge shady and manipulative “friends,” explore a spooky abbey, and fall in love al in one book! Of course, if you do understand gothic literature, with all its ghosts, dramatic plot twists, and over-the-top emotionalism, you’ll laugh harder at Austen’s takedown of the then-popular gothic genre.

No matter if you’re an English major or a casual reader, I personally think this is one of Austen’s wittiest novels. You can see how she was a younger writer still developing her craft, but nonetheless her sarcasm makes this a hugely enjoyable read! ( )
  lwpeterson | Oct 6, 2021 |
I have always loved classic literature, especially the books written by women. Jane Austen is most definitely among my all time favorite authors both for her writing style and her characters. Her books truly come alive and they are endlessly enjoyable no matter how many times you read them. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
At once a biting parody of the Gothic novel, a social satire and an effectively entertaining narrative? SHE. DID. THAT.
For real, we should be asking what CANT my girl jane do ( )
  jooniper | Sep 10, 2021 |
I really loved this book. It was my first Jane Austen book and I'd also never seen any of the movies based off her books. Other people talking about it always made the topics and plot seem a bit dry and boring? But they totally misrepresented Jane Austen to me. It's not a romance, it's a hilarious satire with a bit of 'coming of age' mixed in which made it a great read. Catherine IS sort of your lovable idiot heroine. She's not great at reading other people because she's naive about Society. Watching her interact with Thera and grow was cute. I additionally loved to hate John Thorpe so that was entertaining ( )
  Nikki_Sojkowski | Aug 26, 2021 |
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Austen, Janeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dressner, Lisa M.Editormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Agliotta, Mary SarahNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bickford-Smith, CoralieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brock, C. E.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Butler, MarilynEditorsecondary 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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"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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They cannot escape,
the single page of pride which
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