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Northanger Abbey (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

By Jane Austen & Alfred Mac Adam &
Northanger Abbey (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Jane Austen & Alfred Mac Adam &  digital book - Fable

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Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
  •     New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
  •     Biographies of the authors
  •     Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
  •     Footnotes and endnotes
  •     Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
  •     Comments by other famous authors
  •     Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
  •     Bibliographies for further reading
  •     Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate

All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen’s “Gothic parody.” Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.

The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

Executed with high-spirited gusto, Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen’s novels, yet at its core this delightful novel is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage.

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“The description of this book was the definition of false advertising but heyyy, I liked it anyway! For the most part, I guess. I'm just glad I finally read something by Jane Austen and it was good! After Little Women I was worried that my view of "classic" literature was going to be a bleak one. Northanger Abbey - or well, what it's described to be doesn't actually take place until maybe like the last four or five chapters? She doesn't get there til then, the rest is her somewhere else (bath) and being really naive and making poor life choices, hanging out with a pair of stuck up siblings and pining after a guy. I didn't enjoy the constant breaking of the fourth wall (is it the fourth wall? Third wall? Whatever it's a wall) when the narrorator feels the need to talk to us and explain things, it took me out of the story and deeeeply annoyed me. The main character bordered on stupid half the time but I really liked Henry. Especially because isn't of being like "Good Lord what's wrong with this girl." he took his time to try to help her and not just leave her ass for being so dense about everything half the time. His witty banter made the story. The end happened so fast and there was so little romance I kind of felt confused as to what the plot was. Why was I reading this? What was the purpose? I'm not sure. It was still somewhat enjoyable despite the crap rushed end that was a total cop out.”

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