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Title : Northhanger Abbey / Persuasion
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ISBN : 9781406790009
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Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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Northhanger Abbey / Persuasion Reviews

  • Sandra
    2019-03-18 19:09

    I love this book of Jane's. Persuasion is my second favorite. On further contemplation, I believe Anne Elliot to be a finer lady and character than Dearest, Loveliest Elizabeth Bennett. Anne was persuaded as a young lady, but she would NOT be persuaded in many ways and many situations in her later years. Her love was constant and strong and enduring. Perhaps I will a full day to contemplate this further...I included this version as I am taking the reading challenge and didn't find another Persuasion to use. I did not read Northanger Abbey this year, but last.

  • Jenny
    2019-03-11 21:08

    3.5 starsI really like Austen's humor in this book. I love how she pokes fun at romance novels and how she purposefully does the unexpected with her characters and her plot. I love her use of metafiction. Her writing is very clever in this novel and made me smile frequently as I read. The characters are great, and the concept is strong. I wish she did more with it, though. I expected more of a commentary on her variation from the romance novel, and the ending sort of fell off for me. I wanted her to keep going with the usual tropes of romance and keep turning them on their heads. It felt anticlimactic after I expected so much. That all being said, it's my third favorite Austen novel now, after P&P and Emma (whichever order those two go in, and excluding Persuasion and her "Minor Works," which I haven't read yet), and I highly recommend it.

  • Cristina Pascari
    2019-03-01 19:14

    I read the Northanger Abbey novel pretty fast. I wish I had read this book when I was a young girl so that I could understand better that there are fake people all around. The book was very easy and fun to read, typical romantic fiction. There is not too much action but more about the process of taking decisions, analyzing and understanding the world. I enjoyed the book, mainly because of the happy ending and the weeding at the end :)

  • Nikki
    2019-03-07 14:56

    so up till now i have not read this book. always read NorthPointe Chalet (which i have already reviewed.) loved that - and what is sad is i like it better than the Jane Austen book. i will say this...if you want to see the movie DON'T SEE the BBC version from 10 years ago. OMG it was terrible. made me hate the story even more. sad but true....

  • Paul Terry Walhus
    2019-02-28 14:52

    This is a fine set of books by Jane Austen, authentic to the original typesetting and illustrations. They are also very small? Wonder if this is the actual size they came when originally issued in Jane's day?

  • Ira Sharma
    2019-03-10 20:04

    Starts slow, but a very comic and accurate depiction of human emotions and society. Revelant and so many years later!

  • MrsRK
    2019-02-21 17:14

    I make a point in getting the older editions possible of Jane Austen’s books: I simply can’t abide by the modern twisting of her. The one I just finished if from The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen and has lovely pictures of things related to the two stories. After reading Miss Austen’s books—repeatedly—I still ask myself: how can she be considered a feminist? There is nothing more proper and feminine (as opposed to feminism) than Miss Austen’s novels! Her very feminine ways should be proof she is far from being a feminist, but from some kind of twisted (i)logic process you will find many instances in which she is considered a feminist. (And I shudder at the thought of the last attack on her—Love & Friendship…) Anne’s exchange with Captain Harville in chapter eleven, when she discusses constancy of heart with him, should be proof enough of the contrary; read it and I believe you will be inclined to agree with me. This book is not my favorite, because all her books are favorites of mine. I don’t think any of the movies made of it captured Anne Elliot’s sweet, peaceful nature with which Miss Austen infused her. Austen had a way with words that I thoroughly enjoy every time I read her. I can quote a few instances, but you must read her books to really understand it. “She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.” Her religiousness is clearly expounded in this little comment at the end of chapter five, to prove Mr. Elliot’s baseness of character; among his many negative traits, Anne finds reprehensible “that Sunday travelling had been a common thing” for him. Very natural feelings from the daughter of the Reverend Austen—anyone with a minimum knowledge of the Bible, like myself, will know the meaning of this comment. She imbued Ann with a very human characteristic and explains it in that “one half of her should not be always so much wiser than the other half, or always suspecting the other of being worse than it was.” Read Miss Austen; you will not regret it.

  • Bobbie Kolehouse
    2019-03-14 20:03

    This story reminds me of Ms. Austen's early work because of the fast paced banter. Lady Susan, The Beautiful Cassandra for instance. You feel you are in the room watching a fencing match. Clippier than Pride and Prejudice.The story is about imagination and how we can misplace it to distort reality. Though the Abbey and General story is center-front, Catherine's imagination creates an unreal character in Isabella. She watches Mrs. Allen imagine and even Henry Tilney imagines he is in love because Catherine is attracted to him. It happens to many people. The voice of reason is Mrs. Morland, "His pleasing manners and good sense were self-evident recommendations; and having never heard evil of him, it was not their way to suppose any evil could be told. Good-will supplying the place of experience, his character needed no attestation. "Catherine would make a sad heedless young housekeeper to be sure," was her mother's foreboding remark; but quick was the consolation of there being nothing like practice.And seeing her daughter moody days after being at home, Mrs. Morland --"I hope, my Catherine, you are not getting out of humour with home because it is not so grand as Northanger. That would be turning your visit into an evil indeed. Wherever you are you should always be contented, but especially at home, because there you must spend the most of your time..."Then she talks about an Essay, "The Mirror" about young girls who are spoiled for home by great acquaintance. A hoot! Who hasn't come home from a wonderful holiday and felt a little sad?Austen's characters give us the range of teenage angst and consistent parental guidance. We all venture out into the world --a world often described in gothic goofiness--and we gradually learn to sort out genuine from an overactive imagination.

  • Dr.J.G.
    2019-03-11 21:55

    Northanger Abbey The not so well to do young woman is taken to a resort by comparatively well to do relatives and is invited by the master of the Northanger Abbey, the father of the young and eligible gentleman who has a mutual attracted to her and courting her, to stay with him and his family, under the impression the she is going to inherit the relatives' money. The character of this father, the rich owner of the home that is the title, unfolds, and there are confusion, test of virtue and character, and separations and misunderstandings. The young man however has excellent character and fortunately realises what is what, and love triumphs even without money. .......................................Persuasion:- The most gentle love story from Austen repertoire, with the usual cache of gentle women and men following a normal course of life for their day while falling into easy traps of faults or follies and realising their mistakes and generally rising above, with their counterpart of men and women of small follies or serious faults of character providing examples of how not to be or behave. Someone (name escapes me, having read this long ago, two decades or more) had once pointed out that in Austen nothing happens page after page and yet one reads it with great interest, and to that one might only add, time after time again and again with the interest not diminished at all. And the most interesting are those of her tales that have the gentlest of stories, characters, et al. .......................................

  • Valeri
    2019-03-08 21:54

    Persuasion is my second favorite Jane Austen novel (although Sense and Sensibility comes very close, and I mean very, VERY close - it may, in reality, be a toss up). I have always loved the language and eloquence with which Austen wrote, but I was especially struck by these qualities when reading Persuasion this time around. I found myself underlining sentence after sentence, probably in an attempt to preserve the beautiful words. What a tender story. I love the unspoken tension that builds between Anne and Captain Wentworth through the chapters, and the happy and climactic ending to those many agonizing years apart. I love the hopeful message that good things come to those that wait. And I love that Anne, a true heroine, recognizes the value in initially refusing Captain Wentworth, despite the pain they both suffered from it, because she can now accept him with fullness, free of guilt and clean of conscience."...I was right in submitting to her, and that if I had done otherwise, I should have suffered more in continuing the engagement than I did even in giving it up, because I should have suffered in my conscience. I have now, as far as such a sentiment is allowable in human nature, nothing to reproach myself with; and if I mistake not, a strong sense of duty is no bad part of a woman's portion."I love this quote as well: “...but when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure.” How much stronger we can become when we allow our trials to help strengthen us rather than tear us down.

  • Amanda Skinner
    2019-03-08 13:55

    I wasn't expecting to enjoy Northanger Abbey as much as I did. I have heard so many people poo-poo it. I found myself laughing out loud. I can understand the reasons why some might not like it. Catherine seems to jump from fairly level headed (if somewhat naive) to having a wild imagination in less than a chapter. I did like how Miss Austen poked fun at herself by painting novels in such a bad light! I also loved one of her observations. "It would be mortifying to the feelings of many ladies, could they be made to understand how little the heart of man is affected by what is costly or new in their attire; how little it is biased by the texture of their muslin, and how unsusceptible of peculiar tenderness towards the spotted, the sprigged, the mull, or the jackonet. Woman is fine for her satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness and fashion are enough for the former and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be most endearing to the latter." It just goes to show that though time and fashions may change....people will never change!

  • Diana
    2019-03-10 18:47

    Mi-am dorit sa citesc "Manastirea Northanger" in limba romana, dar acum regret foarte mult ca am cumparat-o. Cel putin editia digitala are o traducere sub orice critica, nerevizuita, cu greseli de gramatica si stil care abunda inca de pe prima pagina. Nota proasta am acordat-o traducerii, care stalceste teribil una din cele mai cunoscute carti ale acestei minunate scriitoare in ochii cititorului de limba romana.Un exemplu edificator, de pe prima pagina a cartii publicate de editura Aldo Press:„Nimeni din cei care au cunoscut-o pe Catherine Morland în copilărie ar fi bănuit că are stofă de eroină. Starea ei socială, caracterul tatălui şi mamei ei, felul ei de-a fi şi firea ei, totul era împotrivă. Tatăl ei era cleric, nu era un om şters sau sărac şi era un om foarte respectabil, deşi numele lui era Richard… şi nu fusese niciodată frumos. Avea mijloace financiare considerabile şi două case bune… şi n-avea deloc obieiul să-şi ţină fetele încuiate. Mama ei era o femeie cu foarte mult bun simţ, avea o fire plăcută şi, ceea ce mai notabil, era foarte sănătoasă.”

  • Jeannie Long
    2019-03-01 22:11

    I finally succumbed to purchasing the complete Jane Austen book collection by Oxford Illustrated (a fine hardcover version and worth the price). There’s nothing quite like the feeling of curling up with a Jane Austen book and transporting yourself back in time to the early 1800’s and their fascinating world of social rules and formal way of speaking. Jane Austen never disappoints as she masterfully leads us on an emotional journey of misunderstandings, lies and deceit, innermost longings, and the search for power and prestige. She knows how to take the best and worst of human character and weave it into a tale you can’t stop reading. The story of Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey, and Anne Elliot in Persuasion are two such examples. And the best part is that there is always a happy, romantic novel ending!

  • Nathan Alderman
    2019-03-09 14:58

    I utterly admire Jane Austen's ability to have her characters say one thing, yet with crystal clarity allow you to understand that they mean something else entirely. Even in Northhanger, one of her earliest books, her razor-keen eye for social foibles is very much present, and there's a lot of droll mockery of Gothic novels and their flighty heroines that remains very funny today. (Also, if Miss Austen writes truly, it seems that fatuous dorks are the same in any age, whether they happen to be bragging about their horses, their cars, or their action figure collections.) And honestly, what other author could generate real suspense from whether or not her heroine will get the opportunity to apologize to friends for a perceived sleight?

  • annemm
    2019-02-22 15:01

    Of Austen's six novels, these two and Mansfield Park and not as celebrated as Pride&Prejudice, Sense&Sensibility, and Emma, but they are still gems. NA was the first written, though last published, and is the roughest. Persuasion is a favorite for me, particularly because the heroine's name is Anne! And because she is serious and quiet, and has suffered in silence for many years. I love her integrity. She faces desolation but does not turn to bitterness. In the end, she is rewarded for her virtue. That's why we love Jane.

  • Charity
    2019-03-14 21:49

    I picked this up for Persuasion, but I like Northanger Abbey better. I like the self-conscious poking fun of novels, their readers, and those critical of them. I found Catherine Morland to be a very appealing heroine. Henry Tilney was kind of annoying at first, but became endearing fairly quickly. It lacked the tension (and the Mr Darcy) of Pride and Prejudice, but I enjoyed it. I would like to see a movie of this one.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-22 18:00

    This story was a quick peek into the social life of Bath in the late 1700s. While I knew before reading it the novel was a satire of Gothic literature, it seemed forever to reach that stage. The book drags tediously before the character even gets to Northanger Abbey. I did not find it to be a compelling or suspenseful book. While I acknowledge Jane Austen is a superb writer, especially in character and dialogue, for some reason I am unable to connect with her work.

  • Kerri
    2019-03-14 17:12

    These two books were ok. They were really exciting at first and I liked the stories, but they were more drawn out than my favorite Pride and Prejudice. I didn't really like the ending of Northhanger Abbey because there wasn't enough dialog. It just tells you that he confesses his love and she was anxious to hear it... then they got engaged, but they had some problems, then they got married. It didn't really take you through it with dialog!

  • Norman Howe
    2019-02-24 20:57

    The Gothic aspects of this are all in the mind of the protagonist"," Catherine Morland"," who reads way too many scary books. As a result"," she tends to view the actions of her acquaintances and neighbors as sinister plots. When she gets a chance to spend time at an actual abbey"," Catherine is ecstatic – until it all goes wrong.

  • Yvonne Lawrence
    2019-02-27 22:11

    I liked the book. Parts were hard to follow. I think because of some of the ways people behave we don't act the same way now. Also some of the places people went to for enterttainment don't exist any more like the pump room. But I was able to figure out what the pump room was. It is hard to believe that this book and Pride and Prejustice are written by the same author.

  • Blake
    2019-03-23 16:04

    I thought this a good introduction to Jane Austen. One can easily note from here what potential she has for further works. There were some delightful scenes worthy of her later novels as wit goes, but the ending left me somewhat less enthusiastic to read them than perhaps they deserved. It has not some of the most charming features of her others.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-27 18:14

    Persuasion was not my favorite Austen. It's so very different from the others, but has its own merits in that fact. You can almost tell she wrote this later in life. The heroine and hero are considerably older than her normal characters, which gives them a different perspective on life and love. The fact that these two people have loved each other and lost each other is also quite special.

  • Lynne Fort
    2019-02-27 15:49

    This book is so funny if you have a grip on the tropes of Gothic literature! I recommend reading typical Gothic novels (like the Castle of Otranto or The Old English Baron) to get context before you read this. I enjoyed it much more as a result.

  • CC
    2019-03-20 22:05

    I'm finding Austen's endings a bit too predictable (I know, how else could they end). But Austen has a tendency to write a great story and then precipitously wrap everything up in one chapter. Still, I had a good time reading these books.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-11 21:12

    I don't know how this little book escaped my 2006 Austen fettish, but it did and I am glad for it. I needed a good but quick Austen read and though this one wasn't my favorite of hers, I still loved reading it.

  • Jacqui
    2019-02-24 18:12

    I think Northhanger Abbey is my favourite Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is great but this one has laugh out loud moments and I loved Henry, he was classic! I also enjoy persuasion but I'd put it third on my Jane Austen top 5

  • Rmims
    2019-03-21 16:54

    You have to wrap your head around the period speak but if you can it is a very interesting. You look at the world in a whole new way. It is from the turn of the century and translated from russian. Told from the story tellers point of view.

  • Renetsu
    2019-03-01 20:02


  • Deanne
    2019-03-04 17:46

    I enjoyed it. But it wasn't one of my favorite books. I may have enjoyed it more if I were at a younger age, maybe as a teenager.

  • Noey
    2019-02-24 19:46

    books that make you feel like you were alive during the time of balls and royalty.