Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/12/8
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From the author of Mansfield Park and Mummies...
NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS
Dragons in the skies of Regency England!
Gothic horrors collide with high satire in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic supernatural parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.
Young and naive Catherine Morland is constantly surrounded by angels only she alone can see. Leaving her country home for the first time, to embark on a grand adventure that begins in fashionable Bath, our romantic heroine must not only decrypt the mystery of the Udolpho Code but win her true love Henry Tilney.
Meanwhile she is beset by all the Gothic horrors known to Impressionable Young Ladies -- odious demons, Regency balls, elusive ghosts, pleasure excursions, temperature-changing nephilim, secret clues, ogre suitors, and a terrifying ancient Dragon who has very likely hidden a secret treasure hoard somewhere in the depths of Northanger Abbey.
Gentle Reader -- this Delightful Illustrated Edition includes Scholarly Footnotes and Appendices.
One of the beauties of Jane Austen is that she uses big words, but she says a lot with those words. She can say something in one sentence that would take a contemporary writer a paragraph or two. It's quite poetic and brilliant. Reading her books makes you think. The remix of this book uses a lot of unnecessary flowery language that doesn't actually add any meaning. The language tries too hard.
Another thing I appreciate about Jane Austen's works, are that they give you an good idea of what life was like for a young lady during that time period. There is a lot to be gained from seeing life through another person's perspective. Reading a story where anything that might be politically incorrect is removed or altered really robs the story of some of the mind expanding value that reading a period piece offers. Pride Prejudice and Zombies, as well as Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters manage to still preserve the tenor of the time even though the women in the stories were clearly much more empowered and physically active than would actually be acceptable for the era. The authors of those stories managed to side step any examples of sexism, racism, and classism without derailing the story.
It's always difficult to introduce something totally foreign to an established story, like angels in a book about a young lady learning about reason and prudence. I wasn't ever able to buy into the angels. They were difficult for me to read about. If you have ever read the original story the dragons actually fit in pretty well, but not the angels.
I the more heavy handed and glowing reviews of this book have the same difficult language of the book it's self. If they weren't written by the author herself they were written by someone else who thinks it's acceptable to pervert the English language in order to sound more interesting or important. If you like reading those reviews you will like the book.
If you like made for TV movies with canned plots and obvious characters, you will like this book.
If you ever dress in steampunk gear because it looks cool, and none of the items you are wearing have any function and you don't actually know what function they would have in a hypothetical steampunk world, you might like this book.
Otherwise I wouldn't worry about it.
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