September 1, 2011

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen, 1817
A young female mind
full of imagination:
asking for trouble

Although I would probably put this in last place of Austen's novels, it's still better than many other books. Being Jane's least best that's like being the worst episode of Law & Order. (Still pretty freaking good.) Catherine, the novel's heroine, is a bit ridiculous at times, but you can't quite dislike her. The story is filled with the usual crowd of characters: the tyrannical father, the clever hero, the white trash friends...

The best part is probably Jane Austen's narration. She says to other writers, "Let us not desert one another; we are an injured body. Although our productions have afforded more extensive and unaffected pleasure than those of any other literary corporation in the world, no species of composition has been so much decried [...] there seems almost a general wish of [...] undervaluing the labour of the novelist, and of slighting the performances which have only genius, wit, and taste to recommend them." (PG)

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