Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Northanger Abbey (by Jane Austen)

After reading The Jane Austen Book Club, I got curious to read Northanger Abbey, as I think it's the only one of her books I hadn't read. Not as sophisticated as some of her other books (and more self conscious) it's still got a charming heroine, a good story, interesting characters, and some very funny writing. Overall, I have to say that I enjoyed it quite a bit!


Blogger K said...

I like it too. At university, we did a week on Gothic fiction and I got to read the novels that Catherine reads in Northanger Abbey - The Mysteries of Udolpho, The Italian and so on. They're highly entertaining in an implausible way, although a bit of a monster read (I managed to emulate Henry Tilney's feat of reading Udolpho in two days, but I didn't have anything else to do! My copy is about 900 pages long.)

It's instructive to note that very little in the books would frighten a sensitive ten-year-old these days - we have evidently become a lot tougher in two hundred years...

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