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Book Review: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen - Reviewed by CloggieA (05 Nov 2011)
Northanger Abbey is Jane Austen’s 5th published novel, although it was actually written before her earlier novels. Catherine Morland is an impressionable, innocent and naïve seventeen-year-old from the country, in Bath for the first time in her life. She is grateful to be befriended by the lovely Isabella Thorpe, but less than pleased to be pursued by Isabella’s brother John. Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor appear to be more genuine in their friendship, and Catherine is invited to be a guest of their father, General Tilney, at Northanger Abbey. Catherine is an avid reader of novels, and, believing life to be an adventure, gets the wrong end of the stick on more than one occasion. Austen’s style is a little different in this novel; she occasionally mentions, as the author, her readers, her characters and the plot. She has her characters make some quite strong statements about novels and novelists. Catherine’s plight towards the end of the novel brings a lump to the throat, but much of the novel is filled with humour. Probably the funniest Austen.
Jane Austen (1775-1817) was extremely modest about her own genius but has become one of English literature's most famous women writers. She is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park. MarilynButler is rector of Exeter College, Oxford. She has also edited Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent and Ennui for Penguin Classics.
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