It also completes 1/8 books in the Jane Austen Reading Challenge!
Giveaway details at the bottom of the post!
Northanger Abbey is not the typical Jane Austen novel. While it does feature the standard courtship plot that is Austen's forte, the true focus is on the gothic parody. Austen's wit is at its finest within the pages of this novel; her biting sarcasm and outrageous exaggeration of the gothic tropes demonstrate her mastery of the novel form, as well as her deep understanding of reader expectations. All the characters exhibit the follies of human nature that Austen is so adept at overtly highlighting and subvertly remonstrancing. While Henry Tilney is no Mr. Darcy (and really, there can only be one Darcy) he is still a complex, engaging and unique hero. Henry's strange quirks and quips mystify young heroine Catherine while they amuse and entertain the reader. Catherine's own naivety, rather than being exasperating, is endearing as well as comical, as Austen playfully uses sharp irony to define Catherine's character. Even the most insipid characters can draw a laugh under Austen's skillful hand. The novel also supplies some hair-raising and brilliantly written scenes of supposed horror. Henry himself narrates his own version of the gothic thrills awaiting Catherine at his home, Northanger Abbey - setting up both the reader and the heroine to dread death and dastardly deeds around every corner. Austen occasionally digresses into personal diatribes in defense of the novel form, and of her decisions as an author - but it is done so well and so scathingly that it is as entertaining for the reader as the fictional plot. Northanger Abbey is, at its heart, a novel for entertainment. While, true to form, Austen does include the didactic and the critical, they are not allowed to supersede the plot and readers will walk away with the same sense of contentment and awe that Austen's writing has inspired for centuries.
Check out my post The Jane Austen Tour of Bath to see pictures of locations from Northanger Abbey!
JANE IN JUNE GIVEAWAY [CLOSED]
To celebrate Jane in June and to give everyone a chance to read these amazing novels, I have three books to give away: Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Pride and Prejudice! (All of which I'll be reviewing during the month.)
Two books will be going to readers in the US, and one will be available for international readers!
- You must be a follower
- You must leave a meaningful comment on one of the Jane in June posts
- Then just fill out one of these forms:
US readers, to enter please fill out THIS FORM!
INTERNATIONAL readers, to enter please fill out THIS FORM!
There are extra entries!
The contest will run until midnight EST on July 15th. The winners will be contacted via email and announced on the blog. They will then have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected via random.org.
*The Bookish Type accepts no responsibility for lost or damaged books.
**I reserve the right to extend or terminate this contest at any time.