Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.
I originally read this in middle school, when I first discovered Pride and Prejudice and immediately began trying to read through all the Jane Austen's I could find. Northanger Abbey was a real disappointment to me. Oddly enough, the satire that I recognized so easily in P&P went completely over my head in NA, so I was puzzled by the pointlessness of a story about an unremarkable girl who visited a scary house, only to find it completely mundane.
I revisited NA for the first time this weekend, and found it much more entertaining. I get the jokes now! However, I still found the story of dull-witted Catherine and her two suitors, one boorish and the other boring, somewhat pointless. Ranking Austen's novels, I'd put this one dead last.
Audiobook version, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. Anna Massey provides a solid performance.