Reread: Northanger Abbey

by Jane Austen
First sentence: “No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine.”
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Content: It’s Jane Austen, which means it’s pretty tame, if you can get past the language. It’s in the Fiction section of the bookstore.

I’ve read and reviewed this a couple times before, so just some general thoughts:

It’s a very silly book. It’s supposed to be though, and that is part of its charms. You can really tell that Austen is trying to hone her style: sh has some pointed barbs and witticisms, but it lacks the refinement of her later books. That said, it is a parody, and it is a delight to read.

I was struck by the adults — the married people — in this book. They weren’t silly like in some of her others, and it’s only near the end that General Tilney becomes boorish. I feel like they were less important in Austen’s world than they are later. (Not that they are super important, but there are more memorable adult characters than in this book).

It’s a fun, fluffy read, but not really a lot more than that.

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