Welcome back to Standalone Sunday, the weekly meme created by Megan over at Book Slayer Reads. It’s the one day of the week where us members of the book blogging community focus on the standalone books and find some great recommendations.
I’ve decided to go classic this week and choose:
Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen’s Gothic parody. Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.
The story’s heroine is Catherine Morland, an innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.
This is what I consider to be Jane Austen’s most underrated work of literary art. It is fun, witty, and it has a lightness that is not seen in any of her other novels. Of course there are some characters that you want to strangle *cough* Isabella *cough* but it is still one of the better Austen novels out there. I also like that you get a feel of Jane Austen as a person when she is commenting on society in Bath. It’s very refreshing and I think the perfect book if you find some of her others a bit hit and miss.
And that is it.
Have you read it or want to read it?
Thank you for reading this instalment and hopefully I will be back next week with another!
Have a good day!