Reviews of Northanger Abbey (1817)
Review by qwrowqo (2008-03-30)
This is my favorite Austin book! It's funny and a great story. Anyone who enjoys reading Austin will connect with Catherine and love Mr. Tilney. I suggest you read Mysteries of Udalpho before hand, it'll add a whole new layer of humor. Masterpiece Theater did a wonderful adaptation, though you should read the book first.
(This review refers to the 1817 version titled “Northanger Abbey”)
Review by klsnyders (2003-03-07)
Very funny novel! No -- it's not hard-bitten or edgy, but a relatively sweet poke at early 19th century social convention, and of the idea that a teenaged girl of the time's only goal should be procuring a husband. If you enjoy this one, try the book everyone in the novel is reading (mostly on the sly) -- 'The Mysteries of Udolfo' by Ann Radcliff. A very, VERY early novel in the genre - -uneven, but you can really see where Northanger Abbey came from.