Book Reviews

“Oh! I am delighted with the book! I should like to spend my whole life in reading it.” ― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen… Jane Austen… when you said that Catherine was stupid I laughed so hard, and I thought those were some strong words to start the story, but when I finished it, I said: “Sweet Jesus, you are stupid indeed”.

I was kind of hooked by reading only one chapter, and I must confess that I always have a hard time reading Jane Austen. I love her style, her rhetoric, and her vocabulary, and that is a killing combination (pun intended)! But sometimes it is so hard to read her. I sit down one morning and read for an hour and some minutes to realize that I read only 16 pages… like Holy Mary… that is why I have taken so long with this book.

It is like watching a soap opera but in paper and you actually read it (duh). I read in College that this book was a mockery of the Gothic literature, and after the first part, I just didn’t quite get it, but then I reached part two and then I got it (and that is why I said she was indeed stupid). The first part of the book is just the exposition and just a small part of it is where the plot is built up. It is so simple and so dramatic.

IMG_5929I must confess that in some cases I did gasp and felt betrayed! Her friends were so shady and so manipulative, and yes, she was the heroine of the book but each time Austen used that word to refer to Catherine, I felt the sarcasm on it. It is so funny to see how Catherine’s obsession and the confusion between reality and fiction are so relatable to nowadays. How many people are totally bonkers and start thinking that fiction is reality?

How some things happened it is so… unclear, like the romantic relationship that was “conceived” out of the blue and the conclusion of the book in 4 pages… Are you aware that 4 pages of Jane Austen are a concoction of words, feelings, shade, and overwhelming and overly dramatic reactions that will not address more than one issue? So she concluded the book with not much of an explanation, and the conclusion was the same kind of reaction one gets from a party popper: you popped it, you gasped, and then you asked what next?

DO NOT get me wrong! It is an entertaining book. It has a happy ending and it is kind of what happens in real life: that people that once called themselves friends ended up in oblivion to the point of not knowing, not wanting to know, and not caring anymore about them. I felt neutral sometimes but then I felt so into the book. I even started like gossiping: “can you believe what Elizabeth did to Catherine?” I mean, this book will get you. So take this cup, your glasses (if like me, you have lazy eyes), and get ready for the “T” that Jane Austen spilled over these pages.

If you wish to check the Goodreads profile, hey! Feel free to go there! I have added below the link to the review and the rating I gave to this book.

I will strongly recommend you to check it on Goodreads for the gifts! I will give it way more sense to the jokes.

GoodReads – Myprofile

Northanger Abbey

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Thank you for reading!

“Find your peace, find your joy, find your book, and never let go”.

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