Monday, March 25, 2013

Reflections: Northanger Abbey

Cortney Howes shares her thoughts on Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey:

"A story of a seventeen-year-old Catherine Morland who has been invited by her neighbors to accompany them in Bath.  Catherine meets many new acquaintances which compete for her affections and presence.  Catherine must decide who is truly her friend and who is not. 

In Northanger Abbey Jane Austen plays with the idea of a Gothic novel but never fully gets there.  She mentions many popular novels by Ann Radcliffe and has the reader feeling as if this book might actually become 'gothic.'  I was disappointed that she did not take this farther.  I think that it would have made for a very interesting book that ties in the classic Jane Austen novel with the classic Gothic novel.  The ending also wrapped up very quickly and felt out of sorts which was disappointing. 

I enjoyed that this book was somewhat different then her other novels though.  There were many villains which made it fun to figure out who was good and who was bad. Although this was not Austen's best work it was very entertaining.  I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars."

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