Northanger Abbey Audio CD – 15 November 2014
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- Publisher : Recorded Books B; Unabridged edition (15 November 2014)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1664627324
- ISBN-13 : 978-1664627321
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About the Author
Val McDermid was a journalist for sixteen years and is now a full-time writer living in South Manchester. Among her awards are the Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year for The Mermaids Singing. Her novel A Place of Execution won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
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Like Austen, McDermid was very tongue in cheek and you had a sense of fun throughout the book, even with its gothic undertones.
Even if you have not read the original, I would recommend this book as a really enjoyable read.
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First for the Austen fans: if you are a purist who dutifully reads but always hates any kind of re-writing or continuation, do not bother, you will only hurt yourself.
If you are a fan who enjoys the odd modernisation and adaptation, this is one of the best I’ve read (and I have read a lot). The feel of the original and the subtlety of the social commentary is very much present, and the gothic undertones just as delightful. The setting of the Edinburgh festival is a wonderful way of introducing our new Catherine to society. The characters are all faithful to the originals. Catherine is a sheltered young girl taking the world by storm. Henry, just as witty and modest, and the pairing just as endearing. However, in their new surroundings of the modern world, they are more youthful, making this more of a young adult story in its tone. Some of the dialogue and slang is a little dated, but that is easily overlooked.
Finally, for or those of you wondering why I keep comparing this to Jane Austen and those of you (god forbid) wondering who Jane Austen is, no prior knowledge of the original is needed to enjoy this book, it is light hearted and heart-warming, but I would suggest you get cracking with the classics.
The tone was pitch perfect. Austen's Catherine and Isabella segued plausibly into Cat and Bella with foolishness intact. General Tilney was reliably awful as before and his dispatching of Catherine onto a long distance bus journey home simply perfect.
If you enjoyed the original, I suspect you will (shamefully) find pleasure in this one.