Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Catherine Morland is a casual girl with a big heart and big imagination, although a bit naïve. When she turns seventeen her family friends, Mr. and Mrs. Allen take her with them to visit Bath, where she enjoys balls and makes new acquaintances. She meets Isabella Thorpe with whom she quickly becomes friends and who soon becomes her brothers fiancé and Isabella’s rough mannered brother - John Thorpe. At the same time she also meets the Tilneys – Eleanor and her brother Henry, a sympathetic and clever young boy, who unlike other men, shares her interest in gothic novellas which she avidly reads. No wonder Catherine falls in love with him. When the Tilneys invite her to their house in Northanger, which turns out to be a real Abbey, Catherine imagines it to be full of dark secrets, like in her favorite novels. She get’s lost in her own fantasies which turn out to be nothing more than just fantasies when colliding with reality. In the meantime the situation in Bath where the rest of her friends stayed as well as the situation in Northanger gets complicated. Catherine must face the truth about friendship and the importance of family wealth and connections. In my opinion (and as the main character would say) the book is very agreeable.

4 comments:

  1. I'm positive I've read this one but it doesn't seem to ring any bells in my mind, my sister has the whole range of Jane Austen so I'll ask to borrow it.

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  2. I am downloading this now to my ipod from http://manybooks.net ! Sounds intriguing.

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  3. Bubbles and Countrydirt, if you read you can come back here and share your opinion on the book with me:)

    By the way, nice site (though there are only three books in Polish available, two of which are about chess O.o), but I am absolutely paper books lover:D I will only switch for Kindle if they shut down all the print companies:P

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  4. Must be an enjoyable read Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and original, this book is going in by "to read" list.

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