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A vacation to the exotic location of Bath brings excitement and novelty to teenager Catherine Morland's life. Eager for a grand adventure to begin once she arrives, Catherine is delighted to receive the attentions of a handsome young man of Bath—Henry Tinley. Catherine's new suitor invites her to stay with his family at their sumptuous home, Northanger Abbey. With an imagination chock full of the gothic tales she loves to read, with their ghosts, murderers, and mysteries, Catherine is ready for anything when she makes her appearance at the Abbey. To her surprise, she finds a forbidden set of rooms that once belonged to Henry's mother, a woman who died many years ago. Henry's father seems strangely unemotional when he describes this past tragedy to Catherine, and her curiosity is set aflame. What really happened years ago between the oddly aloof Mr. Tinley and his unfortunate wife? Has Catherine really stumbled into a real-life murder mystery?
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Educated and trained in her craft largely within her family home, Jane Austen (1775-1817) developed a singularly sharp eye and keen wit for chronicling the lives, loves, and misadventures of the English gentry. Although little-read during her lifetime, Austen has since been awarded a lasting place as one of the most brilliant English women ever to put pen to paper. Austen's novels Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey welcome readers of all ages and eras to delight in their timeless humor and poignancy.Back to top
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THIS little work was finished in the year 1803, and intended for immediate publication. It was disposed of to a bookseller, it was even advertised, and why the business proceeded no farther, the author has never been able to learn. That any bookseller should think it worth-while to purchase what ...Back to top
Reviewed by Varberg on Feb 11, 2012
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.
Reviewed by SmokeDiamond on Jul 14, 2009
not the best
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.
Reviewed by hope_sparkles on Jul 5, 2009
Great Read, Somewhat Disjointed
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.
Reviewed by wellreadscholar on Jun 23, 2009
Three and a half stars
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.
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