Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Book - 1962
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"Jane Austen is a genius, and Northanger Abbey is hugely underrated." --Martin Amis
Catherine Morland is a young girl with a very active imagination. Her naivety and love of sensational novels lead her to approach the fashionable social scene in Bath and her stay at nearby Northanger Abbey with preconceptions that have embarrassing and entertaining consequences.
- With a new introduction by P.D. James
- "Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire." --J.K. Rowling
Publisher: London : Dent, 1962.
ISBN: 9780460008938
Branch Call Number: AUS
Characteristics: 211 p.


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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.

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!

Nov 07, 2012

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

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.

theorbys Jun 01, 2012

I have said elsewhere that Mansfield Park is my favorite work by Austen, but maybe that is not true, maybe it is Northanger Abbey, a perfect read, with the added plus of gently spoofing Gothic romances. Not many books are perfect reads, but this one is.

May 30, 2012

A really great story about a 17 year old named Catherine. Northanger Abbey isn't my favorite Jane Austen (P and P is), but it probably ties for second (with Emma). My favorite character is Mr. Tilney, because he's funny in a way that I hadn't ever seen before in a Jane Austen book! I would recommend it to anyone.

Jul 11, 2011

My favorite Jane Austen novel (and favorite novel in general) is Pride and Prejudice, but Northanger Abbey is a very close second. Briefly, the novel follows Catherine, a huge fan of Gothic literature, who finds herself staying in an old country house. Needless to say, her imagination runs wild, and every little incident is infused with Gothic importance. Much of the entertainment in this novel comes from Austen's good-natured jabs at the fun, but certainly ridiculous world of Gothic literature. To truly appreciate this novel, you should read it after reading something by Ann Radcliffe (or a similar Gothic author), and I guarantee that it will make the experience that much more enjoyable. Catherine is a great heroine: smart and brave, even if she is a little prone to flights of fancy. Mr. Tilney is also a great love interest and by far the most humorous leading man in any of the Austen 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.

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

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

Dec 19, 2010

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

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