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Review of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

I’d never read any Jane Austen before, but my reading group was about to do The Jane Austen Book Club and Northanger Abbey was both short and set somewhere I used to live (Bath), so I thought I’d give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised. Abbey is a nice romantic comedy featuring some gentle satire of the gothic novels of the day, like (often mentioned in this book) Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho… which which I’ll have to read at some point.

At two centuries old, the text is readable enough, although it does quite often report direct speech indirectly – he wasn’t sure that made sense, but trusted his readers would take his meaning. This is a light but engaging story; the characters work, although the heroine is a bit sappy, but then that’s kind of the point.

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