Saturday, 17 March 2012
Let's Talk About Northanger Abbey
Alright, so I'm a little nervous about this post because I'm not an intellectual, and I'm really not sure what to discuss in relation to the book.
1.)I really enjoyed it.
2.)It ended pretty abruptly.
3.)I LOVE Jane Austen's sassiness in this book.
Those really are the points I kind of want to discuss, and then we'll see where all your thoughts ultimately lead the discussion.
Now for point 1. I loved it for several reasons... one being that it was easy to read. I have always had a fear of the classics, mostly because I wasn't sure I would be smart enough to understand the language. But it hasn't been the case with the two Jane Austen's that I have read. I am instantly connected to the characters she creates, and the world she sees. I LOVED HENRY TILNEY. I already said that I thought of him as a Bingley like character, but not as oblivious. Tilney is wonderful, and has a great sense of humor, and it was so very easy to fall for him. I also liked the heart of Catherine. I had to keep reminding myself that she is only seventeen, and is trying to make her way in the world. Catherine has a good heart and a good temperament. She isn't as judgmental as some of Austen's other heroine's, and I liked reading about her becoming a woman. I also enjoyed the humor in this book. I smiled through most of my reading.
On a side note: I loved how Mr. Tilney related marriage to dancing! I loved that discussion, and wonder anyone else's thoughts on it.
Point 2: The book ended so suddenly. I felt as if I had just hit the third quarter when Catherine is rushed off of Northanger Abbey, and then it's 15 pages to the end. It really felt rushed, and quickly patched up. I'm happy at the happy endings, but they just seemed rushed, and wrapped a little too neatly. And I still just don't understand Henry's father. It just seems odd to me.
And finally point 3: I absolutely ADORE Jane Austen's voice in this book. It is so witty and youthful and wonderful. This book felt so like an non-angsty. I loved her asides to the reader, and her sarcasm. I don't know next to anything about Gothic novels, but she really had me intrigued and wanting to read one.
I'm sorry my thoughts are a jumbled mess, but over the course of the last hour I have overdosed on Dr. Pepper!
Those are the thoughts from Sarah! (Now if you're an author you can just add to the post if you like, or you can make a comment.) And everyone else who isn't an author on the blog, please let me know your thoughts, and feelings on the book!