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The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen




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By Nikki January 20, 2008 This edition contains both Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Northanger Abbey is quickly becoming not only my favorite Jane Austen novel but my favorite novel. It is the story of Catherine Morland, who has read perhaps too many novels. She is taken to Bath by her friends, the Allens, and there she meets Mr. Henry Tilney and his sister Miss Tilney. She is very eager when invited to stay with them at their home, Northanger Abbey, and she interprets everything that happens there in light of the many Gothic novels she has read. In Northanger Abbey, I am tickled to death not only by Catherine's na´vetÚ but also by Jane Austen herself. The first half of this novel is filled with the most hilarious observations which seem to come directly from Austen, and the second half is filled with the overactive imagination of Catherine Morland. In this parody of Gothic fiction, Austen pokes fun at both herself and her audience. It is truly a delight. Every time I read Jane Austen, a different novel stands out as my favorite, and the first time it was Persuasion. Persuasion is the story of Anne Elliot, who at nineteen is convinced by her family to reject the man she loves because of his lack of rank and fortune. Seven years later, after he has achieved his fortune, she is thrown again into Captain Wentworth's company. She must watch, her feelings unchanged, while he courts two other young ladies. Anne's courage and fortitude in such circumstances are inspiring, and the novel is one of hope for anyone who has ever wished for a second chance at love. The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen is an excellent edition of Jane Austen's novels. ( Amazon customer review)

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