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review 2017-09-05 04:30
Rezension | Northanger Abbey von Val McDermid
Jane Austens Northanger Abbey - Val McDe... Jane Austens Northanger Abbey - Val McDermid,Doris Styron

Beschreibung

 

Die Pfarrerstochter Catherine Morland führt ein beschauliches und behütetes Leben auf dem Land. Einzige Zuflucht in eine aufregende Welt bieten ihr Bücher, die sie vorzugsweise in die fantasiereiche Welt der Vampire entführen. Als Cat von ihrer befreundeten Nachbarin eingeladen wird, Sie zum Kulturfestival in Edingburgh zu begleiten schwebt Cat auf Wolke Sieben.

 

In Edingburgh steht Cat eine aufregende Zeit bevor. Sie verliebt sich in den charismatischen Anwalt Henry Tilney, freundet sich mit Bella Thorpe und Elli Tilney an und wird schließlich von den Tilneys eingeladen, mit ihnen Zeit auf Northanger Abbey zu verbringen. Bei dem ganzen Trubel vermischt sich Cats lebhafte Fantasie mit der Realität.

 

Meine Meinung

 

Die Adaption zu Jane Austens „Northanger Abbey“ von Val McDermid erschien erstmals im Januar 2016 auf dem deutschen Buchmarkt. Im Zuge des 200. Todestages der beliebten Autorin wurde der Roman, der zugleich Teil des Austen Projekts ist, neu aufgelegt.

 

Bisher habe ich noch keinen Roman der bekannten Krimiautorin Val McDermid gelesen. Umso gespannter war ich auf ihre Adaption zu Austens Klassiker „Northanger Abbey“. Obwohl dieser Roman nicht zu meinen allerliebsten Austen Büchern gehört, mochte ich die verträumte und leicht gruselige Geschichte sehr gerne.

 

"Sie war absolut sicher, dass aus ihr eine Heldin werden würde. Für sie war klar, dass ihr bisheriges Leben nichts weiter als die Vorbereitung auf diese Rolle war." (Seite 13)

 

Val McDermid bleibt bei ihrer modernen Adaption bezüglich Handlungsablauf, Charaktere , Sprache und Stil dem Original sehr treu. Somit blieb ich was die Auffrischung der Geschichte betrifft ziemlich enttäuscht zurück. Lediglich Einflüsse wie Facebook, moderne Literatur (Twilight), Smartphones etc. zeugten davon, dass die Handlung nicht im 19. Jahrhundert spielt. Vor allem bei der Sprache und Umgangsformen hält sich die Autorin ziemlich nahe an Austen – und das passte in meinen Augen einfach überhaupt nicht zusammen!

 

Ich hätte mir deutlich mehr Kreativität und Abweichungen von der Vorlage erwartet. Vor allem die mittlerweile eingestaubten gesellschaftlichen Konventionen beißen sich mit der heutigen Zeit. Es fühlt sich fast so an, als ob die Charaktere einfach von der Vergangenheit in das 21. Jahrhundert gebeamt wurden und sich dann nicht einmal über die modernen Errungenschaften wundern.

 

Nachdem ich mich mit dem unpassenden Mix arrangiert hatte, bin ich dazu übergegangen meine Gedanken auszuschalten um mich dennoch an der Sprache und den Spitzen, die diese bietet, zu erfreuen.

 

"[…]obwohl Cat sich wegen dieses Gedankens selbst nicht gerade nett fand, merkte sie, dass sie bisher irgendwie übersehen hatte, dass Susie Allen die hirnloseste Frau war, mit der sie je Zeit zugebracht hatte." (Seite 21)

 

Leider ist es Val McDermid nicht gelungen die Geschichte von „Northanger Abbey“ in die moderne Welt zu integrieren. Man bekommt lediglich eine leicht abgeänderte Interpretation in der man Spannungs- und Gruselmomente vergeblich sucht.

 

Fazit

 

Diese Austen Adaption ist leider nicht empfehlenswert – lest lieber das Original!

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-jane-austens-northanger-abbey-von-val-mcdermid
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text 2017-08-02 14:06
Chawton: Jane Austen's Home
Jane Austen's Hampshire - Terry Townsend
Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics) - Vivien Jones,Tony Tanner,Claire Lamont,Jane Austen
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
Persuasion - Jane Austen,Gillian Beer
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen,Marilyn Butler,Claire Lamont
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Emma - Jane Austen,Fiona Stafford
Teenage Writings (Oxford World's Classics) - Kathryn Sutherland,Freya Johnston,Jane Austen
Lady Susan - Harriet Walter,Carole Boyd,Kim Hicks,Jane Austen
Sanditon: Jane Austen's Last Novel Completed - Marie Dobbs,Anne Telscombe,Jane Austen

... during the last 8 years of her life, during which she wrote all of her major novels (and saw four of them published during her lifetime: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma).

 


The dining room, with Jane's writing table tucked away in a corner next to the window.


Jane's bedroom (also the room where most of her family said goodbye to her before she died).


A replica of the blue dress and bonnet that Jane is wearing in the portrait sketched of her by her sister Cassandra.



A quilt handmade by Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother, and a muslin shawl embroidered by Jane.

 

And last but not least ...


The museum's resident cat! :D

Merken

Merken

Merken

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review 2017-02-19 16:56
Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey is my second Jane Austen novel I have read so far (Pride and Prejudice being the first one) and I enjoyed it, eventhough I had some issues with it.

 

What I liked: It´s a fun and lighthearted story and Catherines endeavours to open up a simple trunk or drawer are hilarious (she sees a gothic mystery in everything). I really adored the part of book that takes place at the actual abbey.

 

What I didn´t like: The first half of the book (the Bath-episode) is too long and nothing of interest happens. I didn´t like the Thorpe´s and Catherine´s inability to see past their demeanour grated on my nerves (I know, I have to cut her some slack. Catherine is only 17 and pretty naive).

I struggled with Jane Austen breaking the fourth wall, adressing Catherine as her heroine and talking directly to the reader. I thought this was utterly distracting from the narrative.

And The ending is just too rushed. All the drama is shoved into the last 20 pages of the story and nothing is developed properly and the the story is all of a sudden over.

 

I still enjoyed Northanger Abbey, despite its flaws, but this won´t be my favorite Austen novel.

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review 2016-07-07 00:00
Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen Catherine Morland is a silly, not very well educated, 17-year old. She gets to take a trip to Bath with some neighbors, the Allens. There, she meets Isabella Thorpe, who introduces Catherine to Gothic novels, in particular the works of Mrs. Radcliffe, most notably The Mysteries of Udolpho. Catherine is entranced, and suddenly she is seeing her life becoming very much like the goings on in Udolpho, with all its creepiness and evil.

Catherine's brother, James, shows up and he becomes enamored by Isabella. Isabella's brother, John, who is a college friend of James, becomes enraptured with Catherine. But, even though Catherine is immensely silly, she can tell that something about John Thorpe isn't quite right.

Catherine also meets Henry Tilney and his sister, Eleanor. Eventually, Eleanor invites Catherine to visit with them at their home, Northanger Abbey. Catherine is immediately intrigued. It's an old Abbey and bound to be just like Udolpho, right? It's bound to have strange messages hidden inside weird cabinets, wailings in the night, Eleanor's father a sadist, and so forth. Well, perhaps, or perhaps not. You'll have to read it to find out.

I was thinking this is likely the weakest of Austen's novels that I've read. But, on reflection, I realize that it is well done. The part with which I was having trouble had to do with the silliness of the heroine. Then I realized that I have a niece who is almost 17, and she's every bit as ignorant and silly as a young woman could ever be. Catherine Morland isn't so much different from real life as I'd initially thought.

Then we have John Thorpe. It doesn't take long to realize that he's a classic narcissist, a self delusional liar with no conscience. He's almost a perfect pre-incarnation of Donald Trump! Austen is prescient, or perhaps, as Ecclesiastes reminds us, "there is nothing new under the sun".

I read this book back in the dark ages when I lived in London and was spending an hour each way in my commute back and forth to Queen Mary College. So, I had much leisure for reading, but didn't have the discretionary income to afford a daily newspaper. Thank God for libraries. Anyway, after I'd read this book, I actually did go on to read The Mysteries of Udolpho. I think I'll likely skip that "pleasure" this time around. But Austen, any Austen, is always worth one's time.
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review 2016-05-23 01:26
Northanger Abbey ★★★☆☆
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen,Alfred Mac Adam

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. 

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