Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

by Val McDermid
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up for a new fictional read, having read the summary and found that as a redone classic page-turner. This book has been retold and rewritten extremely well from the origional book by Jane Austin. The story is plotted so that the emotion the characters are experiencing and producing evokes your emotion with them (or against them). I like how the story has a classic feel yet when your reading, you feel as though it is a whole new modern story with recognizable infliences. This book is as a whole, a must read and a great tribute to the original.
ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the re-telling of this Jane Austen classic. Most of you have already read the original so I will only be giving a little bit of detail about the story, so here goes. Cat Morland has not experienced a lot of life. She is thus very excited when her neighbors, the Allens, invite her to attend the Fringe Festival with them in Edinburgh. There she meets the Thorpe family, who's matriarch, Martha, used to go to school with Susie Allen and quickly starts up a friendship with Martha's daughter Bella. Turns out the world is immensely small and the Thorpe family has already met Cat's older brother James, who is a mate of Bella's brother, Johnny. Bella who has a crush on James sinks her fangs into Cat in order to hopefully impress the brother. Then there is the Tilney's, Henry and Eleanor, who of course live at Northanger Abbey. Cat falls for the older Henry, of course, and is so excited to accepted the invitation of the Tilney's to join them for a stay at their home, Northanger Abbey. Mysteries, scandals, and even some made up scandals ensue causing a lot of heartache for Cat, James, Eleanor, and Henry but things sometimes have a way of working themselves out and soon everything is right in the world of Austen/McDermid again. Is Love Just Not Grand! If you love YA you will even fall for this re-telling of Jane Austen's classic.
clahain1 More than 1 year ago
I was a little nervous when I began Val McDermid's version of this Jane Austen classic. It's the second release from the Jane Austen Project, which pairs six well-known contemporary authors with a Jane Austen novel. I thought the first one--Joanna Trollope's version of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY--a disaster and didn't hold out much hope for this one. It probably doesn't help that NORTHANGER ABBEY is my least favorite of Austen's works.  Surprise. I loved it. It's fun and flirty and silly. But it works. Let's face it, Austen didn't write the book as  a serious novel. It was her pointed (and sarcastic) reply to the highbrows of her time, who denigrated the novel and even questioned its position as a true literary form.  In some ways, I prefer McDermid's version to the original. It might be the setting. Cat Morland travels to Edinburgh instead of Bath. The draw is a month-long arts festival. The events of the book come alive as we tag along with the characters to concerts, plays, dances, book signings and poetry readings.  In general, the characters are well-drawn and convincing. At times, Cat is more sophisticated than McDermid originally describes her. Any immaturity she shows has more to do with a lack of experience--especially social experience--than intellectual dullness or provincialism. Her vicarage upbringing has certainly not prepared her for the devious personalities she finds surrounding her in Scotland. Cat's vampire fixation, especially as it pertains to the Tilney family, is a bit ridiculous, but it's also perfectly realistic in light of current pop culture, where even morning television spots cover the  relative merits of vampires versus werewolves for boyfriends and how to survive a zombie apocalypse.  Henry Tilney is probably McDermid's least successful character. His stiffness and general lack of humor is more pronounced here than in the original. Austen's Henry needled and provoked her heroine. McDermid's version lectures and criticizes. Also, the reason behind General Tilney's exile of  Cat from Northanger doesn't quite convince. Yet, even here there's a logic, a sad parallel, between Cat's suspicions of vampires and the general's fear of lesbians. Each is discomfited by what is, for  them, dangerous and alien. So, three cheers (and at least as many re-readings) for Val McDermid's NORTHANGER ABBEY. What a fun way to spend an afternoon!  
Liz51 More than 1 year ago
This modern day update captures the feel and characters of the original.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to finish this book because it was so incredibly shallow. No interesting story line, and characters with no depth. Do not waste your money if you are looking for a well-written "Jane Austen" book. I cannot even believe people would rate this any higher than 1 star.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew it was a rewrite of the classic, but having read Val McDermid before,I was sure she would put a macabre twist to it. Not so. About as exciting as the original by Austen. Sorry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a clean retelling of an old classic. If you like it I recommend checking out Jenni James' Jane Austen retellings. They're the best I've read so far. But this one is really good too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago