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Northanger Abbey
Jane Austen
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A clergyman’s daughter obsessed with gothic novels is invited by wealthy neighbors to join them in Bath where she mixes in high society and imagines dark secrets behind every locked door. Austen’s first completed novel, this parody of the gothic genre is her most lighthearted.

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I love how Jane Austen portrays her characters, especially the naïve and silly-minded Catherine (believe me, I could relate very well). The novel's sudden switch of setting in the middle of the book was jarring for me though. The first half about Catherine in Bath was the typical Austen setting and plot, but the second half was more like "Jane Eyre" than Jane Austen-- in terms of mood, not plot, I mean. (It's hard to explain.) However, the story overall is a good read and chock-full of Austen's characteristic witty observations, so 3.5 stars it is.
 
Nov. 7, 2013
I found this story quite refreshing, as the characters and the story are very different than Austen's other works. Northanger Abbey is not a love story first--it's a story of Catherine's growth, with a little mystery and humor thrown in. Jane Austen breaks the fourth wall much more in this novel than she does in her other works, and I found it very lighthearted. I loved the digs for the novel writer and England (central England, to be exact), and though I was a little shaky on Catherine's character at the beginning, watching her grow out of her childishness was very satisfying. There are some continuity problems--the second half of the story seemed to be tacked on to the first rather roughly--but I did love how Austen connected Eleanor's husband to Catherine. I found Catherine, Henry, and Eleanor very enjoyable characters and would definitely recommend this book.
 
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Definately not up to par with what you expect from Jane Austen. It was an ok book but didnt have the strong story and perfected ending that I had expected. Just not one of her best by far.
 
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I didn't like Jane Austin at school but so many people rave about her I thought I'd give her another chance. I see now that she is witty and sort of get why she appeals to people but she's not my cup of tea.
 
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What is with me and Jane Austen? I liked this book, mostly for the parts that are a parody of Gothic novels. I like Gothic novels, don't misunderstand but it shows how perception has an effect on our minds. Catherine expected visiting the Abbey to be like the Gothic novels she's so found of, so she saw things that where like the Gothic novels even after her first view of the abbey was nothing like she expected. The romance seemed second to Catherine's adventures in Bath and visiting the Abbey. It was there, but if I hadn't known it was a romance I wouldn't have expected it.
 
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