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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library; New edition edition (Jan. 8 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375759174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375759178
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,056,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ladybug TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 30 2013
Format: Paperback
Even though, this novel was the last to be published, this is actually the first complete novel that Jane Austen ever wrote. Here she depicts the life of Catherine Morland, the daughter of a clergyman and who comes from a large family, who is neither immensely rich nor highly intelligent and her stay in Bath with some family friends, where she encounters love in the person of Henry Tilney. But although his father seems at first to approve the match, a misunderstanding comes to change his mind, misunderstanding that must be clarified in order for Catherine to achieve marital bliss.

Of all her heroines, I find that Jane Austen draws more of her own family situation to depict Catherine that she actually did for the others: daughter of a clergyman, numerous family, tight family relationships... As it was her first novel, I also find it to be the weakest of her work, as you can almost feel the author questioning herself as to what makes a great novel: what subjects, what character traits, what heroine or gentleman? The story in itself is also pretty simple as it is imitates a little bit the structure of Vaudeville theater, with the misunderstandings regarding Catherine’s financial status, her acquaintance with John Thorpe or her brother’s engagement to Isabella. The author also pays tribute to her admiration for Ann Radcliffe by making one of her novels Catherine’s favorite books and putting a little Gothic spin to the story when it comes to the description of Northanger Abbey. All in all, this first novel remains a well-plotted hodgepodge as well as an entertaining light story.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Bertoldi on Oct. 20 2009
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The heroine in this novel is Catherine Morland, who is just an average girl with straightforward manners and not an ounce of pretension; yet, she has an outrageously vivid imagination. This is cleverly and Austen-intended, I believe, to purposely deviate from the conventional heroines of the times.

The story begins with Catherine joining a friend of the family, Mrs. Allen, for a vacation at her home in Bath. Her days are filled with socializing, taking walks and especially spending time at the 'Pump- room', where she meets the rather hard-edged Henry Tilney. Catherine's simple, yet direct and opinionated responses and approaches in conversation lead her to distancing Henry for a while.

Realizing that she has feelings for him, Catherine begins to wish she could see Henry again and does everything possible for that to happen. Meanwhile she befriends Isabella Thorpe who shares her passion for books and poetry. As the two become inseparable, Catherine feels close enough to Isabella to tell her all about her feelings for Henry Tilney'

In fulfilling her dreams of being with Henry, Catherine's journey evolves through a fiasco of events revealing true personalities, feelings and deceptions. Other important characters that help bring this about involve John Thorpe, Isabella's brother, who is full of mischief and schemes. As well, Catherine's brother James, is one who has a love-story of his own to mourn over as his sister begins to put all pieces of the puzzle together. Just to add to life's intricacies, Henry and Catherine become at odds about a dilemma, caused mainly by Catherine's imagination. The couple's difficulties do not stop there as problems get compounded by family misunderstandings.

Confusion of events? You bet.
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By DOROTHY CARMICHAEL on July 8 2014
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i LOVE JANE Austens books
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By Kindle Customer on June 19 2014
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To start off; I'm a HUGE Jane Austen fan. But this book, written before the turn of the 19th century is Jane at her very worst, probably because it was one of her first. The heroine...if I want to call her that....is a typically silly 17 year old girl, who is much too fanciful for my rather elderly tastes. I was very impatient with her and couldn't wait to finish this mercifully short book. I felt like smacking Catherine Morland upside the head and telling her to grow up. But then, to put it in context of more than two hundred years; things were different then and there was not the knowledge or sophistication of our present day. I still do, however, love the flow of language and the now lost attitudes of those times.
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By Millerfan on March 12 2012
Format: Paperback
A parody of the Gothic tradition, Northanger Abbey is, in my opinion, Austen's worst novel: the heroine is insipid, and what happens to her seems contrived and overdone. And yet Austen's talent is still apparent here, for the language still sparkles with wit and with the occasional gem of observation. I read it so that I could say that I'd read all of Austen's novels, and I'm glad I did. I'll reread it in the years to come.
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By Robyn L. on June 12 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm surprised at some of the negative reviews on here saying the book is boring, the dialogue annoying, and the plot lacking. I'd say they've missed the point of this book. It does have a good plot, but it's more realistic than the usual story. Yes, it may be more commonplace, but I found it refreshing. The story focuses on conversation and people and Catherine, which I enjoyed because it was so skillfully done. The characters rang so true, Henry Tilney made me laugh out loud, Catherine was sweet and funny and the ending was wonderful. I loved this book! It's my second favourite Austen book next to Emma.
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