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Northanger Abbey: free sampler [Format Kindle]

Val McDermid

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A sample of queen of crime, Val McDermid’s modern re-telling of the Austen classic. 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
  • Taille du fichier : 492 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 33 pages
  • Editeur : The Borough Press (10 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Word Wise: Non activé
  • Composition améliorée: Activé
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Austen adaptation 6 avril 2014
Par Canadian eReader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid is the second in The Austen Project series of novels which are modern retellings by contemporary authors of Jane Austen’s classics. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t have the baggage of my knowledge and love of the original as I had with the first, I much preferred this second outing to Joanna Trollope’s updating of Sense and Sensibility. Austen’s original story of Northanger Abbey tells the story of a sheltered young girl whose love of gothic novels leads her to make some very strange assumptions about the family of the young man she meets while visiting Bath. During the novel she learns to separate fiction from reality and to develop a better understanding of human motivations.

What I liked

The updating. I felt McDermid did a much better job than Trollope of bringing Austen’s characters into the 21st century. They felt modern and fresh and their motivations seemed in line with a modern teenager or young person. I could easily imagine sitting down to coffee with Cat and Ellie to discuss the latest novel. And as evidenced by John Thorpe and Frederick Tilney, men who are too full of self-importance to consider the wishes of the women they are with are obnoxious in any century.

As well as the characters, McDermid has done sterling work in updating the setting. Transforming Bath into Edinburgh mid Festival worked incredibly well. In their respective eras, both cities represent a cultural hotspot and a chance for our sheltered heroine to move into a wider world and social circle. The Festival also allows McDermid to bring in events like dance lessons and a ball without their seeming too much out of place.

Cultural and social media integration. This was something that was also better done in Northanger Abbey than in Sense and Sensibility. Social media such as Facebook, email, texts and Twitter are an integral part of our characters’ lives and are used to drive the plot on in many cases. The updating of the gothic novels much beloved by Austen’s heroine to Twilight and other contemporary vampire novels also works very well.

The narration. Narration for Northanger Abbey is done by Jane Collingwood and was excellent. Being a Scot I did appreciate her attempt at a Scots accent for the Scottish characters in the novel. In particular she brings across Cat’s good nature and John Thorpe’s horribleness perfectly.

What I didn’t like

Bella’s “voice”. The way this character spoke really irritated me. I’m referring to her word choice “totes,” “BFF”, not the narration. On the other hand, the character is supposed to be superficial so maybe McDermid’s done her job too well.

Motivations. In Austen’s original I assume money was a strong motivating factor in the relationship choices made by the characters. In McDermid’s updating, at some points it seems finances are a contributing factor, and at other times not. it just didn’t seem clear.

All in all I really enjoyed Northanger Abbey and gave it four stars out of five.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good. 2 avril 2014
Par Bookworm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I approached this with caution as I wasn't too keen on the Sense and Sensibility done by Joanna Trollope. I also don't read Val McDermid books as I don't really read crime. However, I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed what I read. Of course it only amounted to about thirty three percent on my kindle but it kept me reading till the end. If I read the whole book it could possibly be five stars. If, like me, you're an avid Jane Austen fan and would read a post-it-note if anything about her was written on it then you'll want to read it and I would recommend the sample.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 thumbs up Val Mc Dermid 28 mars 2015
Par iva arjmand - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
the beat of the three Austen Project books i have read so far (the other two being Northanger Abbey and Sense and Sensibility) and the only one who has been successful in making me believe the 18th Century Austen Characters can be brought to life in 21st century.
i love this writer's Tony Heel and Carol Jordan Series and the reason i found about this book was i was looking for her books online.
1.0 étoiles sur 5 On Beyond Boring 12 mars 2015
Par Delia LaForte - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I love Austen, but Northanger Abbey is not her most compelling book. This new take on it is a yawn. Didn't care about anyone, couldn't imagine why anyone would care. I don't give one star to many books, but this book deserves it.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 a miss 14 décembre 2014
Par Dennis E. Pytel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
certainly no way up to her usual standards as in the tony hill standards.it never really setles in to show what she wants it to be.it has a mixture of several genres.perhaps a earlier effort with a new postmark
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