Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Good morning everyone! I hope that your week is starting off well! Today I am going to be doing a book review of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I was not originally going to post a review of the book as it is Jane Austen (whom I love) and a classic, but I figured, why not?
First off, HERE is a link to a full description.
First things first, I am trying to make a point of reading more classics. I do love them and I know that classics are considered “classics” for a reason. I am trying to make a point of inserting more of these books into my reading. I figured I would start with Jane Austen because I do love her writing, her wit and her sarcasm in commenting on the everyday going ons of her time. She was a whirl wind and I haven’t met a Jane Austen book that I haven’t loved.
Northanger Abbey is her first full length novel that was published and I feel like that was a little obvious. You could hear some of her voice in the book, however the “bite” and style that is Jane Austen, wasn’t fully developed yet in this novel. There were hints of the style and it came out when the characters were being particularly “tough”, but it wasn’t there in the same manner as say Pride and Prejudice.
I did really enjoy the story and how the characters fell into the routine of the time. Our main character has never been “out” in society and is suddenly thrown into several situations that she is trying to navigate. It is fun to watch her stumble and then find her way through each problem. This story also gives the reader such an insight into her time period and era, more so than other books. It shows both the higher and lower end of the classes and that was really nice for me to see.
One thing that I loved was the whole idea of the “Gothic” mystery and novels. Our main character is quite obsessed with the mystery books and stories of the time and when a chance comes to potentially have her own gothic mystery, she jumps for it! It turns out to be for naught, but it was fun to see how ridiculous it became. This parody is one of the things that Northanger Abbey is known for.
On the whole, I did really enjoy this read and would recommend it to anyone who is wanting to read more of the classics or Jane Austen. It is not a bad place to start with either the author or just classics in general!