By the time I started Northanger Abbey, I was done with Austen. Having read five novels in 2016, her insular, unimaginative world was reaching claustophobic proportions for me.
That’s why I was surprised that Northanger Abbey became one of my favorite novels. Supposedly written before the others maybe it was youthful energy that drive me to the end.
However, I think what it had over the others is a better sense of humor and a lightness. What Austen lacks in imagination, her protagonist, Catherine Morland, seems to have. The immature Catherine sees the world through the lens of over-wrought, Gothic novels. She’t not stupid, just….imaginative.