Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Book - 1992
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Northanger Abbey is a perfectly aimed literary parody that is also a withering satire of the commercial aspects of marriage among the English gentry at the turn of the nineteenth century. But most of all, it is the story of the initiation into life of its naïve but sweetly appealing heroine, Catherine Morland, a willing victim of the contemporary craze for Gothic literature who is determined to see herself as the heroine of a dark and thrilling romance. When she is invited to Northanger Abbey, the grand though forbidding ancestral seat of her suitor, Henry Tilney, she finds herself embroiled in a real drama of misapprehension, mistreatment, and mortification, until common sense and humor-and a crucial clarification of Catherine's financial status-resolve her problems and win her the approval of Henry's formidable father.

Written in 1798 but not published until after Austen's death in 1817, Northanger Abbey is characteristically clearheaded and strong, and infinitely subtle in its comedy.

Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c1992.
ISBN: 9780679417156
067941715X
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: xxxvii, 241 p. ; 22 cm.

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carolwu96
Oct 15, 2019

Catherine Morland is a young girl on the verge of love and marriage. While vacationing with her extended family, she falls in love with the witty Henry Tilney and befriends Isabella Thorpe. As the three families mingle and its younger members form friendships and relationships, Catherine realizes that not everyone’s words align with their actions.

I’ve just been loving Austen recently! Both the narrator and our male love interest are witty. Although Austen frequently employs such narrators/characters, this is one of those instances when she pokes fun both subtly and explicitly and often gets me grinning.

The best thing about this work is its anti-Gothic-trope elements. Austen would set up these stereotypically Gothic scenes and ensure both Catherine and the reader are expectant of a Gothic outcome, only to have everything come crashing down and turn into a joke.

Although this book is now a “classic” to us, it would not be hard to imagine how this would have been part of the contemporary popular culture — the way it parodies the Gothic novel is just the way we now spin romance/horror/mystery genres on their heads.

I have been reading Austen since I was a teen, but have never loved any of her works (except the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie adaptation) until Mansfield Park. But the fact that I liked this one too makes me think that maybe I’m finally approaching that age to understand “society” and “humanity,” so I have downloaded both Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility and will be listening to those next!

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julia_sedai
May 13, 2019

Just finished the audiobook read by Flo Gibson ... it took me a while to get used to her voice but after a while I loved it because she was so good at being sarcastic - particularly with Henry Tilney. I adore this book. It's so funny, and has a sweet ending. I like all of Jane Austen's works but find this one the easiest to get through.

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ccmccolligan
Feb 14, 2019

An excellent gothic satire....this book will have you laughing heartily

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kristenpfae
Oct 29, 2018

I read this book for class, I can see why Jane Austen is a popular writer however, I wasn't personally a fan. I really disliked the majority of the characters the main character included. I found them to be naïve or manipulative and over all I wouldn't read the book again.

JCLEmmaF Feb 03, 2017

I still love Austen and her satirical fiction, and this one reads a bit like a YA novel. Light and silly. Good choice if you want an easy Austen novel about a teenage girl navigating first loves and friendships.

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burchlam
Jan 04, 2017

Overall, an excellent regency romance story--typical of Ms. Austin. The ending chapters, however, felt rushed and contrived and left this reader with a feeling that it was underdeveloped. There were just too many unanswered questions. Not quite on par with Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility, but an enjoyable read, nonetheless.

Laura_X May 07, 2015

Catharine Morland's over-active imagination spurred on from her love of gothic romance causes her no end to entertainment, delight, and misunderstandings. And, Mr. Tilney is (in my opinion) Austen's wittiest and most charming suitor - far superior to Mr. Darcy in every way! My favourite of Austen's novels!

smaugthestupendous Mar 23, 2013

It is official: Henry Tilney has joined, in my opinion, the great ranks of Jane Austen men side-by-side with Colonel Brandon, Captain Wentworth, Mr. Knightley and of course Mr. Darcy! Love this story!

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aewilliams
Nov 07, 2012

A really funny read! A witty satire of the Gothic genre.

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lisahiggs
Oct 21, 2012

At first I was surprised this was an early Jane Austen work, as it was well-developed and full of Austen’s trademark snappy wit and favourite character types. But then halfway through I started a new chapter and it was like starting an entirely different book: Austen’s society heroine is knee-deep in her brother’s engagement scandal when she suddenly leaves the city and travels to a gothic abbey to become embroiled in dark mysteries and howling storms. At the end we come back to a strong, but hurried, romantic Austen finish. Luckily Jane Austen finds her footing and sticks with her strengths in subsequent novels.

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Laura_X Jan 12, 2015

It is only a novel... 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.

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lisahiggs
Oct 21, 2012

The company began to disperse when the dancing was over – enough to leave space for the remainder to walk about in some comfort; and now was the time for a heroine who had not yet played a very distinguished parts in the events of the evening, to be noticed and admired. Every five minutes, by removing some of the crowd, gave greater openings for her charms. She was now seen by many young men who could not see her before. Not one, however, started with rapturous wonder on beholding her, no whisper of eager inquiry ran round the room, nor was she once called a divinity by any body.

She was looked at however, and with some admiration; for, in her own hearing, two gentlemen pronounced her to be a pretty girl. Such words had their due effect; she immediately thought the evening pleasanter than she had found it - she went to her chair in good humour with every body, and perfectly satisfied with her share of public attention.

crystal_dark Nov 03, 2011

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Dec 19, 2010

"Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love."

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