Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

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Austen’s novels are indisputably the original rom-coms. While they come without smutty jokes there is the confusion, mix-ups and hurt feelings that feature in every Notting Hill and Bridget Jones.
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At seventeen, Catherine Morland is invited to accompany the Allens to Bath for the winter season. In Bath, Catherine meets and befriends the Tilneys and the Thorpes. Through her relationships with these families, Catherine learns the true value of love and friendship, as Henry Tilney and John Thorpe vie for her affections and the true character of her friend, Isabella, is revealed.

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One of England’s most beloved authors, Jane Austen wrote such classic novels as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Published anonymously during her life, Austen’s work was renowned for its realism, humour, and commentary on English social rites and society at the time. Austen’s writing was supported by her family, particularly by her brother, Henry, and sister, Cassandra, who is believed to have destroyed, at Austen’s request, her personal correspondence after Austen’s death in 1817. Austen’s authorship was revealed by her nephew in A Memoir of Jane Austen, published in 1869, and the literary value of her work has since been recognized by scholars around the world.
 
Published January 11, 2011 by EDGEWEAR. 184 pages
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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by tuckers on Jun 25 2008

Austen’s novels are indisputably the original rom-coms. While they come without smutty jokes there is the confusion, mix-ups and hurt feelings that feature in every Notting Hill and Bridget Jones.

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Reviewed by tuckers on Jun 25 2008

While it is refreshing to come across a likeable heroine...Catherine Morland is rather unaccomplished for her time. On first meeting Henry Tilney I thought of him as simply a watered down Mr Bingley. However, in the final chapter, one sentence changed my perception of him completely...

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Reviewed by BoatGirl on Nov 15 2012

The language can be difficult to adjust to for the modern reader...but it is worth soldiering on and acclimating for some of the funniest scenes ever put on paper...Northanger Abbey may not be Jane Austen's most famous novel, but readers will recognize their friends and frenemies in the characters and enjoy a witty plot.

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That's What She Read

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Reviewed by Michelle on Jun 12 2012

Reading Northanger Abbey drives home the point that the more things change, the more things stay the same. For an enjoyable story...in which the lessons to be learned by Catherine’s plight remain as true today as they did when first penned, Northanger Abbey is well worth the read.

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Reviewed by Louise Donnelly on Oct 18 2015

Readers of serious fiction and even fans of Jane Austen’s later works may find the novel to be too lighthearted or may find Austen’s direct commentary somewhat intrusive. However, the novel will resonate with those who are interested in the subject of reading, which is a central theme in the book.

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

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Reviewed by Inverarity on May 21 2011

It's short and amusing with some of Austen's humor but not much of the depth she put into her later work...More enjoyable for the satire of literary conventions (and critics) of her day than the rather rushed plot, Northanger Abbey still features a likeable heroine and Austen's prose, the latter of which is enough reason to read it.

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Jules' Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Jules on Apr 17 2011

As always, Jane Austen’s writing is wonderful and elegant. The words flow off the pages, and I’m lured into her narrative. The story it self was also well done and shorter than her other works, if you haven’t read anything by her yet, I suggest starting here...A great choice for any classic fan.

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The Literary Omnivore

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Reviewed by The Literary Omnivore on Oct 04 2010

Northanger Abbey is so sweet and funny that it makes Sense and Sensibility...look bad; of particular note are Catherine herself, a sweet and sympathetic heroine Austen can still gently mock from time to time, the sparkling banter, and, of course, the fantastic narrator...

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The Book Stop

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Reviewed by curlygeek04 on Feb 15 2011

Northanger Abbey has a very different feel from Austen’s other works; it is shorter, lighter, and more humorous...What this novel does effectively is parody the gothic novels of the time with wit and humor...I didn’t find this to be Austen’s best book, but considering that she only published six novels, it’s well worth reading...

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Impressions In Ink

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Reviewed by Annette on Aug 31 2012

Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey takes a step further by writing a Gothic parody. She has written a story that makes light fun of a young womans over-active imagination...For half of this story I was not sure I'd like it. It just was not working for me. As the story progressed and Catherine developed, I grew to love her and the story.

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Booking in Heels

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Reviewed by Hanna W on Jun 08 2012

What I loved about Northanger Abbey in particular was its frequent discussion of books and bookish pursuits. Catherine Morland, the heroine, loves reading gothic-style horror novels and so a large part of this book is her discussing them with her acquaintances...So the final result? Yeah, I liked it :)

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Estella's Revenge

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Reviewed by Andi on Aug 14 2013

One thing that is different from Austen's other couples, is that Catherine Morland and her true love are on very different intellectual levels. He's quite opinionated about everything, but he finds it charming that Catherine is a sweet, genuinely good-natured girl...This was a fun, relaxing read.

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