(E)-Book Read! Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1818).

First sentence: “No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be a heroine.

P. 99: “The two youngest Miss Thorpes were by themselves in the parlour; and, on Anne’s quitting it to call her sister, Catherine took the opportunity of asking the other for some particulars of their yesterday’s party.”

Last sentence: “I leave it to be settled, by whomsoever it may concern, whether the tendency of this work be altogether to recommend parental tyranny, or reward filial disobedience.”

When I started to read this book, I knew nothing about the story or the subject.  And therefore I was a bit surprised when it turned out to be the story of a rather naive, though sympathetic young girl that leaves her family and village for the first time in her life to spend some weeks with friends of the family at Bath.  I had certainly expected something else.  But that didn’t mean I couldn’t appreciate this book .  As in many of Mrs. Austen’s books, the tone is cynical, here more than in other titles, and often the author  involves the reader, by speaking directly to her or him.

Although Northanger Abbey is not immediately my favourite title by Jane Austen, it certainly was an enjoyable read.

Other thoughts/reviews: That’s What She Read.

This book fits into two challenges: the 2011 E-Book Challenge! and the Classics Project 2011!

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