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Northanger Abbey (Q&A)

August 18, 2008

Antipodean Owl says: looking forward to hearing you further elucidate your thoughts on Northanger Abbey

There isn’t much elucidation going on-the goal of these q&a’s is to do really brief snapshots. But I will say that Northanger Abbey is one of my favourite Jane Austens! The youth of the author really shines through, and the parody makes me laugh like no one’s business. :) This is Austen at her cheekiest! Plus, Catherine loves books, and Henry Tilney has more charm than all the other Austen heroes put together. He knows exactly how to behave in society; in another Austen novel, that amount of charm would have made him a rogue. :p

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2008 1:17 pm

    This will definitely be my next Austen (whenever that might be). I’ve read a lot about it lately–the universe conspiring against me and all. :)

  2. August 18, 2008 2:16 pm

    I love Northanger Abbey too – it would have to be up there as one of my favourites. A lot of Austen fans don’t seem to like this one as much for some reasons but I think Catherine is great!

  3. August 18, 2008 4:13 pm

    I’m hip-deep in Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility this weekend. :)

  4. August 18, 2008 8:33 pm

    I remember watching this on Masterpiece Theatre and really enjoying it. I’ve only read Emma, and I’ve been meaning to read more Jane Austen, so maybe Northanger Abbey will be next.

  5. August 18, 2008 11:21 pm

    Of all of her novels, I liked this one and Lady Susan the most. And Emma. I’m pretty fond of Emma.

  6. August 19, 2008 12:57 am

    Hi Eva,

    The only Jane Austen novel I have read is P&P and I loved it. I always wanted to read Northanger Abbey, but something always held me back.

  7. August 19, 2008 2:38 pm

    This was my first Austen so I tend to think of it as my favorite – granted I’ve only read one other! ha,ha… I’m so bummed out I missed the Masterpiece showing of it – I need to find a way to rent it.

  8. August 19, 2008 5:50 pm

    This was the first Austen I read and I was so naive and young that I wasn’t sure what to make of it! Rereading it later made me realize how wonderful Henry Tilney is. I totally agree that he’d be the charming rogue in her other books.

  9. August 21, 2008 6:42 pm

    I love Henry! *sigh* You are right, he is amazing and I love him in the recent ITV versions we were all watching last winter – he was gorgeous too. I’ve been looking for something to read, maybe I need a romance!! More like time to read…..I hope you are enjoying San Francisco. Have you been there before? I have, long ago. I loved it, much more than LA (which is exciting in a very different way).

  10. August 23, 2008 9:20 am

    I’m saving Northanger Abby for my old age. I want to have at least one “new” Jane Austen book to read after I retire.

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