Northanger Abbey- Jane Austen

Synopsis (from Amazon)

At Northanger Abbey Jane Austen’s charmingly imperfect heroine, Catherine Morland, meets all the trappings of gothic horror and imagines the worst. Fortunately she has, at hand, her own fundamental good sense and the irresistible but unsentimental hero, Henry Tilney.


This is the first Austen I’ve ever read, and one that I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time. I’ve had a bit of a bad relationship with classics in the past, the only one I can say I’ve enjoyed (other than children’s stories) is Jane Eyre- and that I didn’t really enjoy until after I had finished and studied it, which made me think a bit about it and appreciate it more. It was this relationship that made me hold off on Northanger Abbey until now, I really wish I had tried it sooner though. I found it funny, and clever, and (at least in comparison to other classics) easy to read. I really liked Catherine, she wasn’t perfect, she was nieve, and fanciful, and once she got an idea in her head there was no way she could get rid of it. But she was trusting, and sweet and faithful too. I didn’t like Isabelle, she seemed full of herself, and selfish- or maybe more self serving [highlight for spoiler]even before all the stuff with James. I found the ending a little abrupt but that was probably the only thing I didn’t really like. Maybe I’ve just been reading the wrong classics up till now.

Out of interest does anyone know if Persuasion is any way related to Northanger Abbey? The original edition was apparently a sort of double bill with both books and I thought there might be a reason.



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9 responses to “Northanger Abbey- Jane Austen

  1. Northanger Abbey is Fabulous. It is quick and witty and fun. In general, I think that Jane Austen’s endings are a bit abrupt, but if you head into it realizing that, then it isn’t a big deal.

    I think Persuasion is very different than Northanger Abbey as far as the mood. NA is light and funny, Persuasion is more introspective, serious. The stories are completely independent of each other.


  2. lucybirdbooks

    I quite like introspective novels so I would probably still enjoy it, but maybe I should leave it until a bit later.


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  4. Stopping in from the hop to say Hi. I just picked up a copy of this book today. I read all of Austen’s books a long time ago, but for some reason I remember absolutely nothing about this one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


  5. Persuasion and Northanger Abbey are really very different books. Other than the same author, female heroine and a love story that involves some problem with the two main characters coming together they don’t have much in common. Well, I guess that it quite a bit!


  6. lucybirdbooks

    I suppose most Austen could be described like that though.


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  9. thebookheap

    Northanger Abbey is my favourite Austen. It’s so witty and actually quite clever despite so many people critiquing it as her first and “worst” novel. Pft. Also Tilney is a sassy pants


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