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With its loveable, impressionable heroine and its themes of growing up and learning to live in the real world, Northanger Abbey remains one of Jane Au...

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“A Fine Romance in its time?”

published 23/03/2004

A light entertaining read with gentle humour

Preoccupations peculiar to the period in which it ...

I have very vivid memories of being introduced to the major novels of Jane Austen at school: being compelled to read them painfully slowly, being required to look up any unfamiliar vocabulary in a dictionary, and being expected to discuss the characters and their actions in depth. I struggled my...

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“No Mr Darcy here !!”

published 05/07/2009

A charming and humerous book with some entertainin...

Second half of the bok is not as good as the first

NORTHANGER ABBEY JANE AUSTEN Think of Jane Austin and thoughts like 'women's book' and 'A level book' spring to mind. Recent period dramas on TV and films have made the stories of Jane Austin a lot more popular - but for me Northanger Abbey has always been my favourite. The book was written when...

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Excellent

Very funny and readable Austen novel

Not quite as accomplished as her later work

A couple of Christmases ago I received a box set of hardback Jane Austen novels, and have been in the process of reading and reviewing them. Northanger Abbey has an interesting history. It was the first of Jane Austen's longer novels to be completed, towards the end of the eighteenth century, and...

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“a bitter satire”

published 24/09/2001

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too ironic ?

Jane Austen is a real pain for foreign students, because there are many problems. First, there is the language, though it is relatively easy to understand. Then, there are so many levels of understanding that we can get lost. In the novel, Catherine Morland is a young woman, in her 20's, she is...

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“Austen's Best”

published 11/07/2012

Readable, timeless, humorous.

May be lost on some people.

Although Pride and Prejudice is perhaps Austen's most popular novel, widely loved for its romance and gentle mocking tone, Northanger Abbey, for me, outshines it. Where Pride and Prejudice parodies the nature of matchmaking in high society at the time, Northanger Abbey lampoons it, in the most...

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Detailed portrayal of Bath in 19th Century.

Poor storyline. Unlikable characters.

Northanger Abbey is one of Jane Austen's earliest novels although it was not published until after her death. Dominated by the contemporary interest in gothic and romantic books and their readers, Austen makes an ironic dig at the overly romantic and unrealistic styles of writing. Written with...

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“Class”

published 14/08/2000

Good read

Northanger Abbey is the novel which set me on my love affair with Jane Austen. So much so that I devoured all of her novels and wanted more. It is a novel which I could read again and again as it is a such a tame story by today's standards and Jane Austen was having quite a dig at social...

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Enjoyable use of language, and interesting changes...

May be less appealing to people wanting faster pac...

Driving fom Norfolk to the Midlands on a dull Sunday afternoon, with the car radio fixed on BBC Radio 4 and unable to switch over in case it woke my (sleeping) partner in the passenger seat, I was mesmerised by the first instalment of their production of this book. So much so that I had to rush...

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