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Northanger Abbey

Austen, Jane

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Northanger Abbey
Catherine Morland is a young girl with a very active imagination. Her naivety and love of sensational novels lead her to approach the fashionable social scene in Bath and her stay at nearby Northanger Abbey with preconceptions that have embarrassing and entertaining consequences.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2007
ISBN: 9780099511878
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 21 cm


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Mar 23, 2013

It is official: Henry Tilney has joined, in my opinion, the great ranks of Jane Austen men side-by-side with Colonel Brandon, Captain Wentworth, Mr. Knightley and of course Mr. Darcy! Love this story!

Dec 17, 2012
  • Cepros rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favorite Jane Austen novel (and favorite novel in general) is Pride and Prejudice, but Northanger Abbey is a very close second. Briefly, the novel follows Catherine, a huge fan of Gothic literature, who finds herself staying in an old country house. Needless to say, her imagination runs wild, and every little incident is infused with Gothic importance. Much of the entertainment in this novel comes from Austen's good-natured jabs at the fun, but certainly ridiculous world of Gothic literature. To truly appreciate this novel, you should read it after reading something by Ann Radcliffe (or a similar Gothic author), and I guarantee that it will make the experience that much more enjoyable. Catherine is a great heroine: smart and brave, even if she is a little prone to flights of fancy. Mr. Tilney is also a great love interest and by far the most humorous leading man in any of the Austen novels.

Nov 07, 2012

A really funny read! A witty satire of the Gothic genre.

Oct 21, 2012
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

At first I was surprised this was an early Jane Austen work, as it was well-developed and full of Austen’s trademark snappy wit and favourite character types. But then halfway through I started a new chapter and it was like starting an entirely different book: Austen’s society heroine is knee-deep in her brother’s engagement scandal when she suddenly leaves the city and travels to a gothic abbey to become embroiled in dark mysteries and howling storms. At the end we come back to a strong, but hurried, romantic Austen finish. Luckily Jane Austen finds her footing and sticks with her strengths in subsequent novels.

Jun 01, 2012
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have said elsewhere that Mansfield Park is my favorite work by Austen, but maybe that is not true, maybe it is Northanger Abbey, a perfect read, with the added plus of gently spoofing Gothic romances. Not many books are perfect reads, but this one is.

May 30, 2012
  • greenturtle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A really great story about a 17 year old named Catherine. Northanger Abbey isn't my favorite Jane Austen (P and P is), but it probably ties for second (with Emma). My favorite character is Mr. Tilney, because he's funny in a way that I hadn't ever seen before in a Jane Austen book! I would recommend it to anyone.

Jan 02, 2011
  • tllynch rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book, until the ending. I felt it was thrown together and finished without enough explanation .

Dec 19, 2010
  • Skimh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Delightful read, exploring imagination and maturing young minds. Social comment on contemporary phase of gothic romances.

Mar 29, 2009
  • vickiz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although some might consider Northanger Abbey a slighter or lighter part of the Jane Austen library, I think it compresses an accomplished lot in a slim volume. It's as great a cast of characters, with all their charms and foibles, and as diverting a comedy of manners and intrigues as any of Austen's works. It's also a great takeoff on Gothic novels, and even incorporates some incisive observations on the writing and consuming of novels in general.


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Jan 12, 2015
  • Laura_C_ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It is only a novel... or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.

Oct 21, 2012
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The company began to disperse when the dancing was over – enough to leave space for the remainder to walk about in some comfort; and now was the time for a heroine who had not yet played a very distinguished parts in the events of the evening, to be noticed and admired. Every five minutes, by removing some of the crowd, gave greater openings for her charms. She was now seen by many young men who could not see her before. Not one, however, started with rapturous wonder on beholding her, no whisper of eager inquiry ran round the room, nor was she once called a divinity by any body.

She was looked at however, and with some admiration; for, in her own hearing, two gentlemen pronounced her to be a pretty girl. Such words had their due effect; she immediately thought the evening pleasanter than she had found it - she went to her chair in good humour with every body, and perfectly satisfied with her share of public attention.

Nov 03, 2011

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

Dec 19, 2010
  • étoile rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love."


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