Review on Northanger Abbey

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Novel: Northanger Abbey

Published in: 1817

Genre: Classic

Author: Jane Austen


Catherine Morland a young girl who was not so pretty at a young age was a child of a country clergyman. Bust as she turned into a young lady of seventeen she was ready to the outer world with her good features. One day, Catherine receives an invitation from the Allens to accompany them in their visit to Bath and take part in social delights like parties and balls. On reaching Bath, the young lady finds no one to accompany her in a dance. Catherine Morland who was also an avid reader later meets a young gentleman named Mr. Tilney with whom she converses and dances. The next day, when she finds Mr. Tilney no more in the Bath, Catherine finds herself dispirited. To lift her spirits and boredom, Catherine meets Isabelle Thorpe through Mrs. Allen. They finds themselves entertaining and turn as good, loyal friends from their first acquaintance. When Mr. Tilney returns and Catherine tries to spend time with the gentleman and his sister, The possessiveness in Isabella arises as a friend and a sister-in-law who is engaged to Catherine’s brother. One fine day, when Mr. Tilney invites Catherine to accompany him and his family to Northanger Abbey from Bath and the young lady accepts it. Catherine Morland finds Northanger Abbey as the houses in the gothic novels which she has read and tries to sort out the mysteries which Catherine believes to revolve the Abbey. She enjoys her stay in Northanger Abbey but gets astonished when she receives a letter from her brother. The letter mentioned the announcement of breaking his engagement with Isabella due to he improper activities. This deeply disappoints Catherine. Read the story to find out how the friendship of Isabella and Catherine changes after the letter which Catherine receives from her brother.


Northanger Abbey is totally different from the other novels of Jane Austen as this story gives importance to friendship The struggles of balancing a friendship, the ups and downs in a friendship and the loyalty in a friendship are the main aspects of the story. And Jane Austen, has penned it successfully through the characters, Catherine Morland and Isabella Thorpe. Northanger Abbey shows how a simple young lady of a country tries to balance her life in a city as Bath while taking in notes of all the etiquettes and protocols of a city life. As Jane Austen has a great interest for reading and shows it in most of her novels, the importance of reading is mentioned in this classic as well.

The avidity of Catherine’s reading gothic novels and how she compares it with her experiences in Northanger Abbey is well penned in the novel. The main character, Catherine Morland’s stay in Northanger Abbey had an essence of gothic to the Classic book. And the young lady’s stay in the country house would remind the readers of the novels, Jane Eyre and The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall. The sudden change in the character of Isabella Thorpe, friend of Catherine Morland would be a shock to the readers but that would be the most interesting turning point of the story. Northanger Abbey would be sure to satisfy a reader as it is one of Jane Austen’s best novel.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

About the author:

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Interested in stories, the author began her writing in notebooks. She was accomplished dancer too. Her first published book was Sense and Sensibility which is popular among the readers. Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813 and it is her second novel. Persuasion and Northanger Abbey are some of the famous novels of the author and are released in printed form after her death. Sanditon is a novel which was left unfinished because of her illness which lead her to leave the world. While Jane Austen’s books fascinated the readers, it was after her death, her brother Henry revealed that she is an author.

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