Northanger Abbey

Hardcover | March 1, 2003

byJane Austen

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:9 × 6 × 0.81 inPublished:March 1, 2003Publisher:Wildside PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1592247067

ISBN - 13:9781592247066

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad I'm personally more interested in contemporary fiction, but I read this for a class and it was actually much better than I thought it would be! Austen's passionate commentary is uncommon in most novels, and was quite enjoyable. The characters are all very vivid (and oftentimes annoying) and the overall message of the importance of making judgements accurately was subtly woven throughout Catherine's interactions with other characters. If you're looking for your first old-timey book to read I recommend this one!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from we are all cathy northanger abbey is excellently hilarious, especially if you've read any gothic novels from period (aka the Twilights of the regency period)
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We are all Cathy I find Northanger Abbey delightful, and especially funny if you've read any gothic novels - aka the Twilights of the Regency period. Plus, it gave us arguably the greatest Jane Austen quotes of all time: “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” and possibly the greatest summation of the study of history: '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..."
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Austen flop So I mean it can't be that bad because its an Austen and she is amazing but its definitely not my favourite one of hers
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Love Jane Austen. Liked her other novels more but this was still a good read. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Read I tried hard to have patience for this novel, but in the end once I stopped putting effort into reading it I found it hard to get back to it. I had hoped to enjoy the satire but it fell flat for me so all that was left was the ever so polite dialogue and the final point where the satire began. It only began to get interesting once that had all passed and we learnt how the events came together, but by that point I had already lost interest and found myself skimming past the important bits just to finish the book. I didn't care much for the characters and I found it hard to even keep them apart what with the similar sames (I can see why it's recommended to not have multiple names start with the same letter) - this was made worse by the nice gap I left between starting and finishing. I wish it had been a Gothic horror novel in the end because as it stands now it doesn't feel much like a parody as it is "look at this foolish girl and what happens when she reads too much of one genre" - but without the subtleties. I didn't become any wiser reading this book and I barely took anything away from it. I would have liked to enjoy it more - especially when I did know what this book was going to attempt before getting into it - but I just found it a wasted attempt on my part. The setting and the language was all I was able to enjoy from it and I need more than that to have an enjoyable experience, more so when reading classics that have a noticeable different storytelling style than what we're used to nowadays.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Read I tried hard to have patience for this novel, but in the end once I stopped putting effort into reading it I found it hard to get back to it. I had hoped to enjoy the satire but it fell flat for me so all that was left was the ever so polite dialogue and the final point where the satire began. It only began to get interesting once that had all passed and we learnt how the events came together, but by that point I had already lost interest and found myself skimming past the important bits just to finish the book. I didn't care much for the characters and I found it hard to even keep them apart what with the similar sames (I can see why it's recommended to not have multiple names start with the same letter) - this was made worse by the nice gap I left between starting and finishing. I wish it had been a Gothic horror novel in the end because as it stands now it doesn't feel much like a parody as it is "look at this foolish girl and what happens when she reads too much of one genre" - but without the subtleties. I didn't become any wiser reading this book and I barely took anything away from it. I would have liked to enjoy it more - especially when I did know what this book was going to attempt before getting into it - but I just found it a wasted attempt on my part. The setting and the language was all I was able to enjoy from it and I need more than that to have an enjoyable experience, more so when reading classics that have a noticeable different storytelling style than what we're used to nowadays.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this Not my fav Austen but good nonetheless
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from To read apart from the others! Even though, this novel was the last to be published, this is actually the first complete novel that Jane Austen ever wrote. Here she depicts the life of Catherine Morland, the daughter of a clergyman and who comes from a large family, who is neither immensely rich nor highly intelligent and her stay in Bath with some family friends, where she encounters love in the person of Henry Tilney. But although his father seems at first to approve the match, a misunderstanding comes to change his mind, misunderstanding that must be clarified in order for Catherine to achieve marital bliss. Of all her heroines, I find that Jane Austen draws more of her own family situation to depict Catherine that she actually did for the others: daughter of a clergyman, numerous family, tight family relationships... As it was her first novel, I also find it to be the weakest of her work, as you can almost feel the author questioning herself as to what makes a great novel: what subjects, what character traits, what heroine or gentleman? The story in itself is also pretty simple as it is imitates a little bit the structure of Vaudeville theater, with the misunderstandings regarding Catherine’s financial status, her acquaintance with John Thorpe or her brother’s engagement to Isabella. The author also pays tribute to her admiration for Ann Radcliffe by making one of her novels Catherine’s favorite books and putting a little Gothic spin to the story when it comes to the description of Northanger Abbey. All in all, this first novel remains a well-plotted hodgepodge as well as an entertaining light story. For more about this book and many more, visit my blog at : ladybugandotherbookworms.blogspot.com
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favourites by Austen 17-year old Catherine has gone to visit friends, Mr. and Mrs. Allen, in Bath. While there, she meets Isabelle and Miss Tilney, who will also become friends,. Miss Tilney has a handsome borther, who catches Catherine's eye, though Isabelle's brother is also interested in Catherine. I really liked this one. I liked Catherine and Mr. Tilney, in particular, and I loved their banter! I thought it got even more interesting in the last 1/3 of the book, when Catherine came to Northanger Abbey, the Tilney's home. I especially enjoyed Mr. Tilney's description of the house and Catherine's first couple of nights there. So far, this is one of my favourites by Austen.
Date published: 2011-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! I am a big fan of Jane Austen. I felt like I could relate to this character with having her imagination run wild. I appreciated the read even though it was not one of Austen's most famous
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A lighthearted novel with a satiric twist spent most of the story wishing to dance with the witty Henry Tilney, slap the artful and manipulative Isabella, lose my temper with the deceitful John, and give Catherine Morland a good shake to knock some sense into her. That said, any book that can drag me into the characters' lives as Northanger Abbey did is praiseworthy. It's an easy read once you get the hang of the language. I really enjoyed Austen's tongue-in-cheek lambasting of novelists whose heroines never read novels - "Yes, novels; for I will not adopt that ingenerous and impolitic custom so common with novel-writers, of degrading by their contemptuous censure the very performances, to the number of which they are themselves adding-joining with their greatest enemies in bestowing the harshest epithets on such works, and scarcely ever permitting them to be read by their own heroine, who, if she accidentally take up a novel, is sure to turn over its insipid pages with disgust." Her derision for the flights of fancy of the Gothic novelists of the day are readily apparent throughout the novel. Catherine imagines herself in romantic, mysterious situations (found in her favorite novel, Udolpho), as when she first thinks of her upcoming visit to the Abbey: "To see and explore either the ramparts and keep of the one, or the cloisters of the other, had been for many weeks a darling wish, though to be more than the visitor of an hour had seemed too nearly impossible for desire." Yet when she arrives she is disappointed in its modernity and normalcy - something that wouldn't be tolerated in a Gothic tale! If the ends of books are like desserts, then the end of Northanger Abbey could be compared to Jell-O rather than Cherries Jubilee, but the readers should focus on the meat and potatoes instead. All in all, an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2009-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite Jane Austen! Much more funny and witty than the other Jane Austen novels - definitely my favorite. A very easy read compared with some of her other novels, and the characters as wonderfully well-written. You can't help but feel very disappointed when you realize you're nearing the end of the book.
Date published: 2008-04-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not For Me I have recently wanted to read Jane Austen again for some time. I had previously read two of her other novels (Pride and Prejudice and Emma) but that was a very long time ago. I've now decided I am not a Jane Austen fan. This is a rather average romance story which is said to be a parody of the classic Gothic novels. The plot (what there was of it) was decent enough but I just felt like I was wading through pages of drivel. I found the dialogue irritating, the banter between the men and women just made me want to scream. Although the style of writing and the language used by the author is indeed beautiful I found the characters immensely irritating. Austen is not for me.
Date published: 2007-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Classic! A naive 17 year old, Catherine Morland, is invited to stay with wealthy friends of her family in Bath. She quickly falls in love with Henry Tilney and befriends Isabella Thorpe who is engaged to her brother. Isabella falls in love with another man leaving her brother brokenhearted and ending their close friendship. Catherine learns a great deal about herself and others while expressing her wild imagination at Northanger Abbey. Although it may not be as mysterious and compelling as "Wuthering Heights", it is worth a glance. Like all Jane Austen's novels, this is a coming of age story full of romance, balls, broken relationships and misunderstandings. It is an essential addition to any Austen collection.
Date published: 2006-07-13