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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 inexcusability 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 centring 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.

"It is tempting to argue Ýthat¨ Austen opted to initiate her career with "Northanger Abbey" because in addition to being a good novel it alone was also a manifesto of her artistic program . . . "Northanger Abbey" is a delightful novel, but also a serious one, and the first completely to master the stylistic method that would become the hallmark of its author's art: irony." -from the Introduction by Claudia L. Johnson" It is tempting to argue [that] Austen opted to initiate her career with "Northanger Abbey" because in addition to being a good novel it alone was also a manifesto of her artistic program . . . "Northanger Abbey" is a delightful novel, but also a serious one, and the first completely to master the stylistic method that would become the hallmark of its author's art: irony." - from the Introduction by Claudia L. Johnson" It is tempting to argue [that] Austen opted to initiate her career with "Northanger Abbey" because in addition to being a good novel it alone was also a manifesto of her artistic program . . . "Northanger Abbey" is a delightful novel, but also a serious one, and the first completely to master the stylistic method that would become the hallmark of its author' s art: irony." - from the Introduction by Claudia L. JohnsonIt is tempting to argue [that] Austen opted to initiate her career with "Northanger Abbey" because in addition to being a good novel it alone was also a manifesto of her artistic program . . . "Northanger Abbey" is a delightful novel, but also a serious one, and the first completely to master the stylistic method that would become the hallmark of its author s art: irony. from the Introduction by Claudia L. Johnson""It is tempting to argue [that] Austen opted to initiate her career with Northanger Abbey because in addition to being a good novel it alone was also a manifesto of her artistic program . . . Northanger Abbey is a delightful novel, but also a serious one, and the first completely to master the stylistic method that would become the hallmark of its author's art: irony." -from the Introduction by Claudia L. Johnson

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  • PDF | 241 pages
  • Jane Austen(Author)
  • Everyman's Library USA; Reprint edition (Nov. 1992)
  • English
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  • Fiction

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  • By John on 21 October 2016

    I liked it and found it mostly enjoyable, though the last few chapters felt lacking in something. It's like it had died down once certain things are discovered and understood. I like the formality of the time, but at times the dialogue becomes tiresome and every now and then my concentration would falter.Emma was more likeable to me earlier on in the book, as it progresses I got to see more of the real Emma. It didn't put me off her though.The notes at the back of the book are handy and the illustrations are nice too. Overall a good read, just not a fabulous ending.

  • By Didier on 31 August 2013

    It's been pointed out to me that I was rather harsh on Fanny Price in my review of Mansfield Park (Oxford World's Classics), and maybe I was. Can I make amends by extolling the virtues of Emma (both the novel and the character)? It's hard to know where to begin, so many and varied are the qualities of this lovely book! This is now my fourth Jane Austen-novel in a row, and to me personally it's probably the one I liked best (though Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World's Classics) is delightful reading too of course, and so is Sense and Sensibility (Oxford World's Classics)).From page one I was captivated not just by Emma but by all characters, it's amazing how Austen succeeds in making fictional characters come to life: the enchanting but fallible heroine, her father Mr. Woodhouse (at times hilarious), Mr. Knightley, Mrs. Bates, and so on and so forth. They all become very rapidly people you can very well imagine meeting in real life or, stronger still, are convinced to have met in reincarnation. I think that the reason why I like Emma so much is that she is portrayed as very much 'human': apt to make mistakes (all too many one could argue, as another reviewer said I too at times felt like giving Emma a good talking-to) but able to learn from them.I think this is deservedly a classic, given the fact that it so captivatingly, with just a very limited number of characters and without any grand historical or dramatic events taking place to liven up the plot, draws a timeless portrait of very 'real' people struggling with being in love (or not). My only regret is not having read these novels earlier in life. Have I know become a Janeite? A citizen of the Republic of Pemberley? My wife decidely thinks so ;-)

  • By Helen Bown on 11 March 2016

    I'd forgotten what it is like to read a classic.A bit difficult, some things long winded some things just inferred. The beauty of them they draw you in requiring your attention. You could read it again and see whole new angles.A good story Emma portrays events through the lead character. It shows how one side of a story is never enough for a realistic picture. How easily we can be deceived.I liked it most as I believed it showed that though times have changed immensely since it was written. Love is a constant, we still make matches for ourselves and others, edge around the subject to avoid rejection, don't realise who we care about until something happens and feel incomplete without it.

  • By Mr. Martin Brown on 17 January 2016

    I enjoy period drama both on screen and on the page but this is one of the few books that I gave up on half way through.Virtually nothing happens and it relies upon description of pretty innocuous events most of which are just too similar. On-screen that is fine because the description is replaced by often glorious images.I obviously knew the story in advance but this was my first Jane Austen 'read'. It will be a while before I bother again.

  • By Mari Howard on 27 September 2015

    Lots of fun here for anyone who's read Austen's Emma. McCall Smith gets the social mores right and translates the story into a contemporary setting with humour and ease. His picture of Emma as the interior designer who, back living at home with Daddy, isn't quite ready to give up her social life for her career. Far more interesting is a spot of matchmaking and playing Lady Bountiful to her governess and to her unfortunate friend who teaches at a kind of pop-up language school.As usual, McCall Smith reveals his wry and humorous observation of class classics and behaviour, while bringing Jane's characters back to life in the twenty-first century. Great holiday or fireside reading.

  • By trowley44 on 28 August 2017

    Having settled into the wordiness and sentiments of the early nineteenth century, the characters in this book leapt off the page and became real and believable. Just as irritating in the 21st century! Anne's tortured feelings are finely described and demonstrate a deep understanding of a strong and enduring love, as well as a discerning appreciation of human nature. Given the restricted life of an early 19th century woman, her perception is all the more astonishing. A brilliant and clever book - most enjoyable.

  • By Korhomme on 29 November 2015

    These updates of the originals are fun. I've read them all so far, and this is as good as the rest. McCall Smith doesn't follow the plot slavishly, starting rather earlier than the incomparable Jane did, but this just adds to the fun. He gets round the inevitable 'vicar problem' with aplomb, for vicars aren't quite the people they were 200 years ago. There's a few red herrings along the way, just to stir things a bit.I doubt if it will be read in a century from now, though I'm sure the original will; no matter, just get it and enjoy!


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