Monday, August 27, 2012

REVIEW: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Title: Northanger Abbey
Author: Jane Austen
1st Published: 1817 (Written: 1798)
Genre: Classic Fiction, Parody of Gothic Novels,
Language: English (British, late 1700s/early 1800s)
Narrator: Third person omniscient
Tense: Immediate past
Setting (time): January–April 1798.
Finish Reading: April, 2012
First Sentence: No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine.

Goodreads Synopsis: The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

Why did I start reading, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen?
So... a couple of months ago (around May)... I upload a video (this one.) In where I announced that I was joining on 'the Austen Adventures' hosted by a bookvlogger named Ariel from BooksUnbound, and after months of picking up, and putting down. I have finally finished the first novel. We are reading the Jane Austen's popular novels from the order that they were written (withen the year... Hopefully). So, if you still want to join hop on enjoin wither your a book vlogger, blogger, or lover... your welcome to join on this. [Click Here to watch 'Ariel's Austen Adventures' Playlist.]

Okay. So I started reading this novel knowing very little of it, and let me just say... I enjoyed it maybe not as much as much as I did 'Pride and Prejudice,' but I did enjoy it, despite the fact that it took me about four months to finish. (I read a lot of books at months.)

I found Catherine's character to be an adorable character, though I wish there were more "romantic" scenes with her and the love interest, but either way I enjoyed the novel. Even though I really wanted it to end a bit different (the narrator summed up the ending, like an epilogue.

Something I forgot to mention in my video was the fact that in this book I didn't grow so fond of the characters as I did for Pride and Prejudice. I did like the protagonist, but not so much for the others. Not saying that you won't enjoy the story line because of this because I still did. ^^;;

• I didn't like the fact that at times I got confused. (I believe that this is mainly for me. I don't read a lot of classics.)
• Kind of wanted a bit more of a P&P feel to it, but for a first novel it's quiet good.
• Not found of characters. (Didn't grow that whole reader and character connection.)

• I enjoyed Jane Austen's comments to the situation. It felt like she was talking to the reader. (Esp. In the second half.)
• I found the work to be quiet funny at times.
• I liked the protagonist.
• I love how the scenes where some of the characters would talk about books, authors, and such. (I think I like this for any period type of work... I find it quite interesting on how peeps could get entertained with things such as writing letters, sewing... and of course the talk of literature. Without technology... this would be our life. O_o;;)


“It is only a novel... or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language” ― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

I found this novel to be quite entertaining despite the fact that it took me four month to finish reading this book. May not become my favorite Jane Austen Novel, but I one day I will read it again.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Overall (Goodreads) Rating: 3.71 Stars
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