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Northanger Abbey [Format Kindle]

Val McDermid
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Jane Austen in the hands of queen of crime, Val McDermid. Get ready for a very different 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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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 353 pages
  • Editeur : The Borough Press (27 mars 2014)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 pastiche 31 juillet 2014
Par Bear
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L'adaptation du roman de Jane Austen à notre époque est habile, mais relève plus de l'exercice de style que d'un roman original.
Aimant beaucoup Val McDermid par ailleurs, j'ai été amusée, puis déçue.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Northanger Abbey 30 mars 2014
Par Damaskcat - Publié sur
Whether or not people like sequels, prequels, spin offs or modern retellings of classic literature is always going to be a personal thing I think. I find them interesting and like any other genre there are good and bad amongst them. In ‘Northanger Abbey’ Val McDermid has done a good job of setting the story in twenty first century Edinburgh at the time of the Festival. I think she has captured the atmosphere of the Festival extremely well.

I was less convinced by some of the characters though I did like Henry Tilney – a lawyer in this incarnation – and ‘Cat’ Morland – still a vicar’s daughter and immersed in reading vampire fiction. Isabella Thorpe (Bella) is just a nasty piece of work however you look at her and whatever century she is set in. We’ve all met versions of Bella. John Thorpe translates into a petrol head who is always boasting about how quickly he got from A to B.

I did enjoy reading this version of ‘Northanger Abbey’. It has the light-heartedness of the original and it retains the classic – and rather sweet – love story. What I didn’t like, even though it is probably authentic, was the language used in the dialogue.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Awkward (but fun) adaptation 12 juin 2014
Par Amazonbombshell - Publié sur
NA is a tough book to adapt. Plenty of people have argued that the original story doesn't hang together (Catherine & Henry, for example, aren't the perfectly matched couple that, say, Elizabeth & Darcy or Anne & Wentworth are), and others add that it isn't just a story, it's actually a novel that intentionally deconstructs and makes fun of novels! Agree with that or not; it's one explanation of why Northanger Abbey is notoriously difficult to film, why it doesn't fit so well with the rest of Austen's canon, and - now we come to the point - why a modern retelling stretches the limits of credulity.

The characters are good, especially Henry and Ellie (Eleanor.) Cat has a little more spine and common sense than the original Catherine Morland, and I like her the better for it. The Allens are perfectly adapted.

But the narrative feels awkward, which is not what I expected from this author. Perhaps it's that it's out of her usual genre?

The plot is no more believable than the original, and Cat's conclusion-jumping is even less so in a modern context.

The constant presence of social media, text shorthand, and teen slang - mostly used as an easy way to modernize, occasionally as a plot device - is distracting, forced, and already feels dated. I'm going to laugh myself silly re-reading it in five years.

I might re-read it, though. Because Henry is still delicious, and the book IS fun. If you can suspend your disbelief and accept it as it is.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Not worth my time or yours 23 septembre 2014
Par Maya Rose - Publié sur
Stay away. I read the original years ago, and saw this at the library and thought it would be fun. I read a lot of fiction, and don't mind fluff, popular chic-lit, or romances, as well as more thought-provoking classics. It is not that I am a snob, this is just an ill-conceived project. Perplexing motivations, combined with a skimpy plot, made this a dull and confusing read. I am new to this author -- she obviously knows how to write. But why she chose this storyline is mysterious. It doesn't translate to modern times. Why would a middle-aged woman take a seventeen year old on a trip for a month? And then we are supposed to believe that said girl would be rude enough to leave them mid-month to stay for an extended, unspecified amount of time with a different family? People don't travel like that these days. And don't get me started on the general... he is too creepy in today's world, and a thankful reminder that we don't come across men like that in modern times. Facebook and all just don't equate to modern... the underlying social mores are thankfully too different for a successful update. The ending did not justify the time I invested in reading.

Fluff can still be satisfying -- but this wasn't it!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 FANTASTIC READ! 27 avril 2014
Par Alex Ayres - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
As a fan of Val McDermid in the crime genre I was fascinated to see what she would do with this. I couldn't believe it! I am a man in my sixties and I was enchanted with the writing style - a blend of period and modern - and the evocation of Edinburgh during the Festival is spot on, as is the sweep of Northanger Abbey itself and the assorted car rides. Most of all I was swept up in the sheer fun of it all and found myself racing through the pages to find out if what I hoped might happen actually did. Call me a sucker but Val McD had me in the palm of her hand - I had a whale of a time and am now sending a copy to a bright young Cat Morland-type friend of mine in her teens. I hope she has just as much fun! Highly recommended!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Almost totes amazeballs! 14 avril 2014
Par FictionFan - Publié sur
This may be the most disappointing thing I will read this year. After the abomination that was Joanna Trollope's version of Sense & Sensibility, I was confident - oh, so confident - about the inevitable direness of Val McDermid's Northanger Abbey. There I was - poison pen at the ready, sarcasm ready to drip like venom, scalpel sharpened to rip the very heart out of it - and dang me if it doesn't turn out the book's not too bad at all! In fact - and you'll never know how much it hurts me to say this - it's actually quite good fun.

To be fair, McDermid's task was always going to be easier than Trollope's. While Austen's Sense and Sensibility is a serious book which casts a penetrating light on aspects of the society of her time that no longer exist in ours, Northanger Abbey is a much lighter concoction that deals with the eternal subjects of true and false love, and obsession with literary trends. So, while I remain unconvinced of the need or merit of updating Austen at all, this is probably the one that lends itself most easily to updating.

Our heroine Cat Morland is fairly inexperienced in the ways of the world, having been home-schooled by her mother in a Devon rectory. So when her well-off arty neighbours Andrew and Susie Allen invite her to come with them to the Edinburgh Festival, Cat is thrilled. And, as in the original, she's even more thrilled when she is befriended by Bella Thorpe, never thinking that Bella may see her only as a way to get closer to Cat's brother James. When tickets arrive for a Ball, Susie sends Cat off to get lessons in Scottish country dancing, where she meets the handsome, charming, mysterious and slightly exotic Henry Tilney, who also happens to be a superb dancer (slight pause while we all swoon, girls). All it would take for Henry to be perfect would be if he happened to live in a Gothic Abbey in the Borders and had some mysterious secret in his family...and what a coincidence! He does! And soon Cat is invited for a visit to Northanger Abbey, where she can indulge her romantic imagination to the full...

McDermid has stuck pretty closely to the original story but has made some changes to the characters and plot to make it fit better in a modern world. Cat isn't quite as hero-worshipping as Catherine from the original - she's very taken with Henry and ready to learn from him but she's got plenty of character of her own. McDermid has solved the problem of modern technology by siting the Abbey in a reception blackspot, and has used the current obsession for vampire novels very amusingly as a replacement for the 'horrid novels' of the original. (I hoped they might be real books - Poltergeist Plague of Pabbay, Vampires on Vatersay - but alas! It appears not.) McDermid is a Scottish author, of course, so gives an authentic and wryly humorous flavour of the hugely popular Edinburgh Festival, often as noted for the peculiarity of some of the productions as for their quality. Naturally Cat is mainly interested in the Book Festival and I doubt there is anyone better qualified to write about that event than Val McDermid.

The book isn't perfect and there are a few things that grated a bit. John Thorpe, a money-grasping buffoon in the original, appears to have turned into some kind of anti-Semitic fascist in this one, which seemed a little odd. The updating of the language has replaced Austen's deliciously light wit with a heavy blunt instrument in too many places. And the big reveal at the end, as to why Henry's father should suddenly have changed towards Cat, is the main disappointment of the book - McDermid's choice of reason was sadly very typical of her and not at all within the spirit of the book, I felt - old or new version.

However, overall I have to admit that I enjoyed this quite a lot and, while it will never compete with the original for any true Austen fan, it is a light, fun read with enough of an edge to avoid being just throwaway chick-lit. So this grumpy and disappointed reviewer is left with nothing to do but congratulate Val McDermid on achieving the impossible - making me give a positive review to one of these hideous Austen Project books. I shall now go off into a dark corner and pout.

PS Do trendy young things really say things are 'Totes amazeballs'? Both Trollope and McDermid seem to think so. It's rare for me to be glad I'm no groovy...

NB This book was provided for review by Amazon Vine.
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