Monday, November 12, 2012

Book Challenge A-Z #49 Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Fulfilling the requirement:

The N letter for the beginning title of letter N alphabetically.

Summary:

The most sprightly and satirical of Austen's novels, Northanger Abbey is both a comedy of manners and a cautionary tale. Written when the author herself was in early twenties, the novel takes for its heroine seventeen-year-old Catherine Morland, a spirited young woman preoccupied with the pleasures of dressing, dancing, and reading sensational novels. When she is on a visit to the fashionable spa town of Bath, Catherine's naive charm makes her prey to the sinister influences of the ambitious Thorpe family. But she is rescued by handsome Henry Tilney for a visit to his ancestral home, Northanger Abbey, where Catherien's choice of reading material comes back to haunt her. The rambling house full of locked doors and the family's mysterious history give rise to dreadful suspicions, and finally only Catherine's sweet nature and good humor can once again rescue her from peril. A sly commentary on the power of literature and also a warning for women against too much innocence. Northanger Abbey is a fresh and funny tale of one yougn woman receiving, as Margaret Drabble reveals in her illuminating introduction, "intensive instruction in the ways of the world."

Lesson learned:

Don't believe everything you read.

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