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This review is from: Northanger Abbey (Penguin Popular Classics) (Paperback)
Part gothic novel pastiche, part literary criticism, part romance, and part typical Jane Austen-style novel of social class and wealth, Northanger Abbey is short but full. The novel relates the story of young Catherine Morland and her maturation from the world of books (literary criticism) via her relationship with Henry Tilney (romance) and her stay at the vast Northanger Abbey (gothic), into the 'real' world. Her route to maturity, however, is a cruel one, as she comes to realise that not everyone is out to make her into the heroine she wants to become (social class). Being early 19th century fiction and therefore slightly convoluted in sentence structure, Northanger Abbey is nevertheless an interesting, top quality novel and a great introduction to the works of a great writer.