Northanger Abbey by Jane Austin [NOOK Book]

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Catherine grows up to be a passably pretty girl and is invited to spend a few weeks in Bath with a family friend. While there she meets Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor, who invite her to visit their family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Austen amuses herself and us as Catherine, a great reader of Gothic romances, allows her imagination to run wild, finding dreadful portents in the most wonderfully prosaic events. But Austen is after something more than mere parody; she uses her rapier wit to mock not ...
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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austin

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Overview

Catherine grows up to be a passably pretty girl and is invited to spend a few weeks in Bath with a family friend. While there she meets Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor, who invite her to visit their family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Austen amuses herself and us as Catherine, a great reader of Gothic romances, allows her imagination to run wild, finding dreadful portents in the most wonderfully prosaic events. But Austen is after something more than mere parody; she uses her rapier wit to mock not only the essential silliness of "horrid" novels, but to expose the even more horrid workings of polite society, for nothing Catherine imagines could possibly rival the hypocrisy she experiences at the hands of her supposed friends. In many respects Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen's novels, yet at its core is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage, 19th-century British style.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012903631
  • Publisher: Syed Arshad Gillani
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 183,448
  • File size: 509 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Good plot but complicated to follow at times

    This novel by Jane Austen is about a young woman named Catherine Morland who is obsessed with romantic gothic novels, but all she really wants is to find her true love. In the beginning of the story, Catherine is invited to Bath (a very lively city in England) by a family friend and there, she meets Henry Tinley and, eventually, Isabella Thorpe. Catherine immediately falls for Henry when she meets him. Later on, she meets Isabella Thorpe and they become great friends. When Isabella meets Catherine’s brother, James, they soon fall in love and they try to put Catherine and Isabella’s brother, John, together so they can all have connections. Unfortunately for them, Catherine is still madly in love with Henry, so she avoids John and his arrogant attitude as much as possible. Meanwhile, James proposes to Isabella and they get engaged….but not for long. Isabella soon meets Henry’s older brother and falls in love with him. But, Catherine and Henry’s relationship grows and they later get married against Henry’s father’s wishes. Overall, this was a good book with a good plot, but it was pretty hard to follow at times because of the sophisticated diction of Jane Austen. I did like, however, that Austen was kind of poking fun at gothic novels with all of the events and thoughts that Catherine encounters. She created the character of Catherine to be overly obsessed with gothic novels and because of this obsession, Catherine starts to suspect some things, such as General Tinley (Henry’s father) killing his wife. This adds a little bit of satire but still helps the plot which I enjoy. I realize that the complex language in this novel is due to the time period, but I just did not like the sophisticated diction because it was difficult to follow at times. Other than that, I thought the book was very well done with a somewhat serious plot and a little bit of comedy thrown in as well. Austen decided to include a theme that had to do with lying and deceitfulness. She was conveying to the reader that people are not always who they appear to be and will do anything to gain approval of others. Catherine and Isabella represented this theme throughout the novel. Catherine was very deceitful because she always acted so naïve and she also kept lying to John Thorpe when she made up excuses to not go out with him. However, Isabella was probably the most deceitful because she loved James but then turns against him and falls in love with another man. This eventually comes back to haunt her because it turns out that the other man isn’t looking for a wife so they end up separated. The way the relationship ends added to the theme because Austen is saying that lying and deceitfulness will just come back later and haunt you. If you like a story with an excellent plot and a little bit of comedy thrown in, then you should definitely read this novel. But, if you’re not very good with complex language and scholarly language, then I would recommend that you stay away because you would probably just end up being frustrated.

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