- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Classics; Reprint edition (Sept. 9 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 009958929X
- ISBN-13: 978-0099589297
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 200 g
- Average Customer Review: 371 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Northanger Abbey Paperback – Sep 9 2014
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• "Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire." --J.K. Rowling
• "Somebody reading over my shoulder refuses to believe that I found Northanger Abbey funnier than Catch 22, but I did. So there." --Jenny Colgan
• "The most perfect artist among women, the writer whose books are immortal." --Virginia Woolf
• "Jane Austen's lightest and most playful novel." --Independent
About the Author
JANE AUSTEN was born in Steventon rectory on December 16, 1775. Her family later moved to Bath, then to Southampton and finally to Chawton in Hampshire. She began writing Pride and Prejudice when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions and was initially rejected by the publishers and only published in 1813 after much revision. She published four of her novels in her lifetime, Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Jane Austen died on July 18, 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were both published posthumously in 1818.
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It is a heavy volume, but that's to be expected when it's a collection of seven novels! This collection includes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan. That being said, this isn't a put in your purse and lug on your morning train commute book. It's a place on your bookcase or fireplace mantel and admire the beautiful design book. I keep individual copies of each of these novels at home and on my Kindle for when I feel a nostalgic pull toward a classic, but this elegant, yet simple, edition to my library is purely decorative. However, I do recommend pulling the weighty volume down on a stormy Sunday with a cup of hot cocoa and letting its complex love stories and headstrong heroines transport you. For book lovers that can't part with the delicious feel of a book in their hands, the weight of this volume will add measures to your at home reading experience.
The price at Amazon for a new book of this quality cannot be beat. It shipped quickly and arrived in pristine condition.
I liked Edmund a lot too, as he's a wonderful person, but he made me angry sometimes because of how unaware he is.
Hmmm one of Jane Austen's acquaintances also alluded to this, but Mansfield Park seems to be technically less sophisticated (in language) than for instance Pride and Prejudice; but emotionally, Mansfield Park grabbed me more. I loved Pride and Prejudice too, but I could personally relate more to the lonely, virtually friendless Fanny Price, than with the confident, witty Elizabeth Bennet.
The story in itself I liked reasonably, though the development was slow and the conclusion "hurried" and unsatisfactory - the exact same thing I reproached to Charlotte Brontë's Shirley and which made it my "least favourite" of her works. I have yet to read Northanger Abbey, but until now, Mansfield Park is also my least favourite Jane Austen novel, excluding Lady Susan...
I still enjoyed it very much, though, and anyway reading Austen's most elegant style will always be a pleasure.
In short, Persuasion is a joy to read, and potential readers have nothing to lose in giving it a try with the Dover edition that only costs $2.95.
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