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****Northanger Abbey

by Jane Austen

Reviewed February 1, 2003.
Signet Classics, New York, 1980. Originally published in 1818. 221 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (F AUS)
A Sonderbooks’ Stand-out of 2003:  #2, Fiction Old Favorites

After Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey is one of my favorite Jane Austen books.  It’s a bit shorter than some.  The plot is simple and fun.  In this book, Jane Austen pokes fun at the popular Gothic horror novels of her day.  Her heroine loves to read them, and so expects a fearsome setting when she’s invited to spend time at Northanger Abbey.  There are the usual misunderstandings in the important game of finding a husband.

More good-hearted fun from one of the original writers of romantic comedy.

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An Assembly Such As This:  Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, Book 1, by Pamela Aidan
Duty and Desire:  Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, Book 2, by Pamela Aidan
These Three Remain:  Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, Book 3, by Pamela Aidan
Sense and Sensibility, by Joanna Trollope
Northanger Abbey, by Val McDermid
Emma, by Alexander McCall Smith
Austenland, by Shannon Hale
Midnight in Austenland, by Shannnon Hale
Jane Austen in Scarsdale, by Paula Marantz Cohen
Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen, by Fay Weldon
Jane and the Man of the Cloth, by Stephanie Barron
Jane and the Wandering Eye, by Stephanie Barron
Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House, by Stephanie Barron
Jane and the Ghosts of Netley,
by Stephanie Barron
Death Comes to Pemberley, by P. D. James
Pride and Prescience, by Carrie A. Bebris
Suspense and Sensibility, by Carrie A. Bebris
North by Northanger, by Carrie A. Bebris
The Jane Austen Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler
For Darkness Shows the Stars, by Diana Peterfreund
Keeping the Castle, by Patrice Kindl
First Impressions, by Marilyn Sachs

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