Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Book - 2014
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Cat Morland is ready to grow up. A homeschooled minister's daughter in the quaint, sheltered Piddle Valley in Dorset, she loses herself in novels and is sure there is a glamorous adventure awaiting her beyond the valley's narrow horizon. So imagine her delight when the Allens, neighbours and friends of her parents, invite her to attend the Edinburgh Festival as their guest. Armed with a sunny personality, show tickets every night and a few key wardrobe additions, Cat begins to take Edinburgh by storm and is taken into the bosom of the Thorpe family, particularly by eldest daughter Bella. And then there's the handsome Henry Tilney, an up-and-coming lawyer whose family home is the beautiful and forbidding Northanger Abbey. Cat is entranced by Henry and his charming sister Eleanor, but she can't help wondering if everything about them is as perfect as it seems. Or has she just been reading too many novels? A delectable, note-perfect modern update of the Jane Austen classic, Northanger Abbey tells a timeless story of innocence amid cynicism, the exquisite angst of young love, and the value of friendship
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, [2014]
ISBN: 9781443424455
Characteristics: 343 pages ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Austen, Jane 1775-1817.


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Nov 27, 2018

I was disappointed in this book, thought of quitting but soldiered on and then wished I hadn't! Not up to Val's usual standard, she could have chosen a better subject. Yes, it should be for teen readers.

A fun updated look at book obsession, jerks with money, and scary houses. Instead of a season in Bath, Cat Morland and her overactive imagination (fueled by gothic vampire romances) head to the Edinburgh Festival, where she befriends the magnetic Bella Thorpe and learns Scottish country dancing with the handsome-but-weird Henry Tilney. Like the original, this is both a send up and a fun novel on its own. It's a testament to the compelling narrative voice that I kept turning the pages even though I totally know how it ends.

May 28, 2016

This should go on the shelves for teen reading. At my age of 75, it was a waste of time. No comparison to Jane Austin's books.

multcolib_rutha Jul 25, 2015

I'd never read the original, but this is a fun version (the Tilneys as possible vampires?) with lots of teen appeal.

Jun 19, 2015

A modern take on Jane Austen's book by the same name, it’s another of The Austen Project offerings. Some say it’s the best so far. This one finds Catherine Morland attending the Edinburgh Festival with the Allens, but McDermid weaves all the characters and situations from the original into her story.
Great fun. Perfect light reading with these book friends! Now, it’s time to read the original again. The newer annotated version is waiting!

Apr 23, 2015

I'm not sure that thisa anodyne retelling adds anything to the original, but it is amusing to see Catherine Morland, 19th century heroine, fretting about her Twitter feeds.

Apr 17, 2015

I am always annoyed by people who think they need to (or can) improve upon Jane Austen's work, but I gave this a try. I expected to hate it, but I actually enjoyed reading it. It was cute and fun and written in the same spirit as the original.

Apr 01, 2015

Readable but uninspired. Let's hope this is VMcD's sole venture in this direction!

Mar 14, 2015

I thought this book was one of the worst books I have ever read (and I read very widely, so that is saying a lot!)

Save your time. This is dull, uninspired, and just doesn't get any better as the book goes on. I stuck it out to the end, hoping things would improve, but they just got worse, if anything.

martins_mom Nov 02, 2014

The best part of this book is finding the parallels to Austen's original. Not sure that the modern idiom lends itself to a plot line as dragged out as this.

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