Andrew Broussard, October 14, 2013 (view all comments by Andrew Broussard)
I can see and understand everyone's issues with this novel, I can. You might call it underwritten or underdeveloped, you might even call it pulpy and lowbrow as compared to Austen's other novels. You have every right to do those things - I'm just going to assume that, if you do, you're also one of those people who looks down their nose at Stephen King and other 'popular' authors. Which is funny, because that also means you're exactly the kind of person Austen is trying to goad in the writing of this novel. So, she wins. And if you just enjoy this novel for the fun of it, well, she wins too. Smart cookie, that woman was.
bookgirl94, July 28, 2011 (view all comments by bookgirl94)
Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book so I decided to give this a chance. I'm so glad that I did. I love the gothic additions along with the fun parts. This is now one of my favorite Jane Austen books and I would recommend it!
Sheri5, January 3, 2010 (view all comments by Sheri5)
Our classic book club read this. We had a lively discussion using four literary elements: moral, denouement, point of view, and exposition. We enjoyed the book so much that one of our members bought a copy of "The Mysteries of Udolpho" for each member of the group. This book was popular when Jane Austen wrote this novel and the main character had read it.
Now this is one Austen novel that is too often forgotten. Our heroine, Catherine Morland, might be naïve, but she is no dummy. Catherine is more complex than scholars give her credit for. I admit, she can create ridiculous fantasies that get her into trouble, but her inner core of right and wrong, her own moral compass, never leads her astray. She can be remarkably determined and forthright. And it's refreshing to meet an Austen heroine who is so shamelessly straightforward in her interest for the man of her choice! This is Austen at her most hysterically funny. Northanger Abbey is an easy link between Shakespeare's comedies and Monty Python skits.
During her first season at Bath, a young girl experiences the joys of fashionable society. When her sophisticated new aquaintances invite her to their father's mysterious house, she fabricates her own Gothic romance, imagining the crimes that have been committed there.
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