Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, (1818), 251p
Quite a few years ago, I went on a classic novel reading kick. I plowed through the three most popular Austen novels, along with others by Hardy, Hawthorne, and Bronte. In my younger years, I think I just wanted to feel snobby and educated. Now I just want to catch up on all the goodies I’ve missed.
I like Austen. Her novels, particularly Pride and Predjudice, were my favourite of the bunch. Yes, I’m a typical woman. I’m totally okay with that. I have wanted to revisit Austen for quite a while and this reading challenge gave me an excuse.
Catherine Morland is your average turn of the (19th) century country lass from a large family. While spending some time in Bath with some family friends, she meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney. Catherine is invited to Tilney’s family estate, Northanger Abbey. An avid Gothic novel reader, Catherine lets her curiosity get the best of her and starts suspecting the head of the family of wrong-doings in the death of his wife.
I REALLY liked this novel. I found Catherine to be a far more relatable heroine than Elizabeth or Emma. I liked the gothic feel and themes. I don’t really understand how this is considered to be one of Austen’s weaker novels.
2015 Reading Challenge: A book more than 100 years old (this one is almost 200 years old!)