Title: Northanger Abbey
Author: Jane Austen
Publish Date: 1817
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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
My Two Cents:
but surely I'm making my way through Jane Austen's books. "Northanger
Abbey" is one of Austen's novels that was written earlier but published
later. It is a satire of the gothic novel, a genre which I thoroughly
enjoy. While I enjoyed this book, it is definitely not my favorite
Austen novel. This book is definitely still worth a read though.
is a lot to like about Catherine Morland. She seems sweet and she loves
to read (ahem, I love books about other readers). I like that she also
has a big imagination, which really sets the action of the book into
motion. I like that her imagination just totally takes over because of
all of the books that she reads, mostly gothic novels.
find the book as funny or sharp as I found some of Austen's other books.
You can see some of the talent that Austen eventually grew into but
this book is only just beginning. I do admit that reading this book
after reading some of Austen's other books has affected my review a
little bit but I can't get away from it. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed
this book for the characters, especially Catherine.