Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Publication Date: December 1817
Northanger Abbey is the earliest of Jane Austen’s great comedies of female enlightenment and combines literary burlesque – making fun of the excesses of the Gothic novel – with larger moral, philosophical, and social issues: the folly of letting literature get in the way of life, the inescapability of not thinking for oneself, and the painful difficulties (especially for women) involved in growing up. Lady Susan and The Watsons are early compositions that reflect many of the qualities of Northanger Abbey. The first is an epistolary novel centering on the intrigues of the villainous Lady Susan; the second is an unfinished example of Jane Austen’s most characteristic form – a story where the heroine is outstanding for her sense and goodness, virtues notably lacking in the other characters, who are here part of an altogether bleaker vision. Sanditon, too, is tragically incomplete, and it signals the achievement of a new depth and breadth of comic insight on the part of its author.
This may be my shortest review ever.
Have you ever read a book and know what you were reading but it just didn’t sink in? This was this kind of read for me. This book started out strong for me and then by the middle I couldn’t keep my focus and I didn’t care to know what was going on. I wasn’t engaged in the second half of the book like I was at the beginning, which was so disappointing. This is my second read from Jane Austen and so far this is my least favorite book so far. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.