In support of Northanger Abbey
Posted by Mark on January 07, 1998 at 10:26:23:
Last night, I read the first chapter out loud to my wife and my 16 year-old daughter. They loved it! They were laughing at all the jokes, even the one who seldom laughs at books or films.
I was struck with the fact that even in this, arguably Jane Austen's least polished novel, there is a air of timelessness. She still is writing about people as they really are. You could probably take NA and place it into a modern setting without changing hardly anything. Just morphe things into their modern equivalent (Thorpe's carriage becomes a sports car, for example), and away you go. I can't think of any detail that could not be so dealt with, can you?
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