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Northanger Abbey di Val McDermid
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Northanger Abbey (originale 2014; edizione 2014)

di Val McDermid, Jane Austen, Jane Collingwood (Narrator.)

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A modern re-imagining of the Gothic Classic Northanger Abbey. Seventeen-year-old Catherine 'Cat' Morland has led a sheltered existence in rural Dorset, a life entirely bereft of the romance and excitement for which she yearns. So when Cat's wealthy neighbours, the Allens, invite her to Edinburgh Festival, she is sure adventure beckons. Edinburgh initially offers no such thrills: Susie Allen is obsessed by shopping, Andrew Allen by the Fringe. A Highland Dance class, though, brings Cat a new acquaintance: Henry Tilney, a pale, dark-eyed gentleman whose family home, Northanger Abbey, sounds perfectly thrilling. And an introduction to Bella Thorpe, who shares her passion for supernatural novels, provides Cat with a like-minded friend. But with Bella comes her brother John, an obnoxious banker whose vulgar behaviour seems designed to thwart Cat's growing fondness for Henry. Happily, rescue is at hand. The rigidly formal General Tilney invites her to stay at Northanger with son Henry and daughter Eleanor. Cat's imagination runs riot: an ancient abbey, crumbling turrets, secret chambers, ghosts...and Henry! What could be more deliciously romantic? But Cat gets far more than she bargained for in this isolated corner of the Scottish Borders. The real world outside the pages of a novel proves to be altogether more disturbing than the imagined world within.… (altro)
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Titolo:Northanger Abbey
Autori:Val McDermid
Altri autori:Jane Austen, Jane Collingwood (Narrator.)
Info:[Rearsby, Leicester] : Jammer, [2014]
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Northanger Abbey di Val McDermid (2014)

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    dizzyweasel: Another book in The Austen Project, wherein popular contemporary authors take on Jane Austen's novels and "update" them for the modern world. Not as wonderful or as complex as the originals, but fun re-imaginings.
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Cute book. Probably a good read for 14-15 something's. ( )
  Sunandsand | Apr 30, 2022 |
I love Val McDermid. I love Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I couldn't get into this retelling -- partly because it is a retelling, so I have a pretty good idea what the plot is and I don't think it updates well. I would absolutely feature it in a display of retellings, because it is solidly done, I just don't care to finish it myself.

My copy provided by Edelweiss. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I'll start off by saying that I haven't read the original book so am unable to make a comparison. However, it seems that this re-telling sticks closely to the themes, settings and characters that were in Austen's novel, with modern references and locations that bring it up to date.

I enjoyed the book; I thought it was good fun and I got through it in a few days (quickly by my standards). I loved the setting of the Edinburgh festivals and thought that the descriptions of the city and events there were well done amd kept the atmosphere lively and light-hearted, right down to the reference to the trams! As with many books set in popular locations though, there were a lot of street names mentioned that would not have meant much to people not familar with the place, but it was not as distracting here as it can sometimes be. It did amuse me, however, that wherever Cat went in the city she would bump into one of the main characters. Meeting anyone you know during the festival season is almost impossible to achieve without multiple phone calls!

While I enjoyed the book and will probably give it another read at some point, I did have several issues with it.

The writing style throughout the book was not in keeping with the modern references throughout, as though the author wanted to keep the same writing style as the original but update it with modern themes. Thus the feel of the story became a little confused. There was a similar issue with the characters, who seemed to have outdated ideas about how women should marry men with well-paid jobs and be there as decoration at social functions, for example. Coupling these old-fashioned ideas with scenes in which people sat ouround complaining about lack of Internet and talking in modern slang (which irritated me no end) seemed somewhat anachronistic. The references to modern technology and modern living often seemed forced, as though they were there to remind the reader that this was a modern re-telling of an old story - this is what led to the confused feeling I got from the story. The text speak was difficult to read and unnecessary.

The characters were a little unconvincing. Cat, the protagonist, was 17 and convinced the family she stayed with were vampires. If I had been talking of people being vampires when I was that age, I'd have been laughed out of school. She seemed too immature, and naive, to be entirely believable, and I would say the same thing of Ellie. Henry was a bit boring. We are told he is handsome, but other than that he doesn't seem to have a lot going for him. The General was stereotypical, and his attitude change towards Cat at the end of the book may have been acceptable many years ago, but here it did not ring true. Johnny was also stereotypical and unbelievable, and no-one really talks about their cars like that. Speaking of which, why aren't we told what car he drives, when all the others are named? Odd.

References to Twilight throughout the book, and vampires in general, got a little grating. Similarly, references to Jane Austen.

There were also a few plot problems. for example, there is the way in which General Tilney is suspicious of the internet, which I thought was foreshadowing to some shady dealings, but it led nowhere. I also wanted to know what was in the tower that was all locked off. Why all the secrecy about the rooms in the abbey Cat wasn't allowed to see? I think there was scope here to add more detail. That being said, I gues this isn't a story about creaky old abbeys and discovering family secrets, just more of a light-hearted romance.

I enjoyed the book, but I will probably avoid other novels in the Austen project as I anticipate similar problems to those I have described here. But I might recommend to the book to people wanting to read a traditional romance story that was a bit out of the ordinary.
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  Triduana | Jan 25, 2022 |
So, I didn't hate it by any means. But, I also didn't love it. I felt a little more disconnected from the characters in this version, mainly Catherine (or Cat as she's known here). I also didn't like the whole Bella speaking in the vernacular of today's youth thing. It made me uncomfortable, and it made the story less timeless.

My main concern, however, is the final line of the book. I won't blow it here, but it honestly made me a little angry. This may be because I was looking at it critically for a class, but it sort of deflated all my good feelings about the book.

Other than the matter of the last line, I think I would definitely recommend this to people who both have and haven't read Austen's original. ( )
  JessicaReadsThings | Dec 2, 2021 |
An excellent adaptation of the original--McDermid preserves the satirical tone and updates Gothic literature by replacing it with vampire novels. The third quarter sags a bit, pacewise, but is otherwise a fun read for Austen fans, especially if Northanger Abbey is a favorite. 4.5 stars. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
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Henry gave her a wolfish grin, revealing small, sharp teeth. His eyes looked almost tawny in the afternoon light, like a lion stalking prey.
'Pleased to meet you,' he said, head cocked as if assessing her for the pot.
Satisfied that he wasn't a gay man in disguise, Susie tucked a hand under Cat's arm.
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A modern re-imagining of the Gothic Classic Northanger Abbey. Seventeen-year-old Catherine 'Cat' Morland has led a sheltered existence in rural Dorset, a life entirely bereft of the romance and excitement for which she yearns. So when Cat's wealthy neighbours, the Allens, invite her to Edinburgh Festival, she is sure adventure beckons. Edinburgh initially offers no such thrills: Susie Allen is obsessed by shopping, Andrew Allen by the Fringe. A Highland Dance class, though, brings Cat a new acquaintance: Henry Tilney, a pale, dark-eyed gentleman whose family home, Northanger Abbey, sounds perfectly thrilling. And an introduction to Bella Thorpe, who shares her passion for supernatural novels, provides Cat with a like-minded friend. But with Bella comes her brother John, an obnoxious banker whose vulgar behaviour seems designed to thwart Cat's growing fondness for Henry. Happily, rescue is at hand. The rigidly formal General Tilney invites her to stay at Northanger with son Henry and daughter Eleanor. Cat's imagination runs riot: an ancient abbey, crumbling turrets, secret chambers, ghosts...and Henry! What could be more deliciously romantic? But Cat gets far more than she bargained for in this isolated corner of the Scottish Borders. The real world outside the pages of a novel proves to be altogether more disturbing than the imagined world within.

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