Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

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I do feel a bit silly “reviewing” a book that’s been published for almost 200 years. Anyone who is interested in it surely knows about it, yes?

However, if for no reason other than to keep the blog up-to-date with posts on what I’ve been reading, I’ll talk about it. As you likely know, it’s Austen’s first book, despite it being the last one published. Honestly, it reads as a debut novel, lacking the polish and finesse of her more lauded books like Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. The ending is especially lacking, with such an abrupt finish I found myself wondering if she’d just gotten tired with her own story and simply wanted to be done with it.

It’s still an enjoyable read, but it’s not a must-read by any means. My recommendation would be to get the Kindle version (a free or 99 cent one), and then get an Audible version for a couple of dollars more. Be sure and listen to the samples from Audible – there are a lot of options for the narrator and you may have a strong preference. I liked listening to the book more than I did actually reading it, and it made doing household chores much more pleasant.

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Publisher’s Description:
A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen’s “Gothic parody.” Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.

The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

Executed with high-spirited gusto, Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen’s novels, yet at its core this delightful novel is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage.

Book Details

Title: Northanger AbbeyNorthanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Author: Jane Austen
Category: Fiction / Classics
My Rating: 3 Stars

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  1. I need to read this one, but I think I’m going to start with The Austen Project version. Then maybe I’ll listen to the original someday. 🙂

  2. This is one of my favorite Austen novels. I think that’s solely because of Henry Tilney. I love Darcy and all, but I’d rather have a man who can make me laugh! 🙂

  3. Plus, presumably the audio version could tell you exactly how you’re supposed to pronounce Northanger! 😀

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