Thursday, April 09, 2009

just finished reading

Anyone else read Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey? My review here.

13 comments:

writtenwyrdd said...

I read it about twenty years ago, can't recall a thing about it. But I must have loved it, it's Austen after all.

Cassandra said...

Northanger Abbey is my favourite of her novels! i've read it too many times to count!

Missy Lyons said...

Nope, but there's a new takeoff book that I want to read called Jane Austin ruined my Life. The classics are always fun to read.

PurpleClover said...

Holy mackeral! How fast do you read books? I mean I realize its your job to read fast but...do you get carpal tunnel from turning pages??

like seriously...how fast can you read a book?

Miriam S.Forster said...

I've read most if not all of Jane Austin's books. And though I enjoyed it, I did think Northanger was a bit odd. It felt like it was trying to be a gothic spoof, but that aspect never quite connected for me.

I've always meant to go back and read it again to see if it reads better the second time...

Sarah Laurenson said...

I've tried to read Austen, but I just can't. I don't know what it is about her writing style that irks me. I do love the movies - especially the A&E and BBC versions.

I love Elizabeth Aston's follow on books.

BuffySquirrel said...

I find Northanger Abbey a fun read, although it's painful at times--like when Catherine is rebuked by Henry for her fantasies about his family, and she thinks she's ditched herself for ever in his eyes.

There are a lot of great characters--especially the rattle, whose name escapes me. Fun!

Snarky Writer said...

"The person, be it male or female, who has not pleasure in a good book, must be intolerably stupid."

Or something like that; I'm quoting from memory. I love Jane Austen.

morphine-moniza said...

ooh I love northanger abbey. It's the funnies parody of Gothic novels I have yet to read. And henry is so hot! Austen also wrote something really funny called "love and Friendship" when she was all of 15, and it parodies sentimental heroines. Absolutely hilarious.

morphine-moniza said...

Ooh I bet you'll really like Persuasion when you read it. It's a wonderful love story. I cry buckets everytime I read it.

BuffySquirrel said...

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."

Rachel Hoff said...

I like Northanger Abbey--I like all Jane Austen books. But I'm not fond of how patronizing the hero (and the narrator) are toward the heroine (Is it Catherine? I'm forgetting all the names, it has been at least a while since I read it.) I don't think naivete is the same as foolishness, and I don't think it's a crime to get caught up in works of fiction (even genre works--like the gothics). She didn't have much fun in her life, poor girl. Let her imagine murders if she wants. She wasn't really maligning the hero's dad by much. He was a monster. A monster with a civilized face, but so much the worse for that.

moonrat said...

Rachel--! I'm inclined to agree with you!! Although other people seem to find Mr. Tilney the most well-developed of Austen heroes. Interesting, eh?