Monday, 23 March 2015
Links for the next meeting - Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
Inevitably, some bad reviews for what is seen as a lazy, pointless project! But, we were talking about a teenage narrative written by an adult, and how successful this was during the last meeting. This, together with a modern interpretation of what was originally a satire at the time, makes Mcdermid's attempt an interesting critical read...!
I though it was quite fun, not a piece of writing to take seriously, yet still depicting the difficulties of a naive teenager trying to find her feet, albeit in a very different era! And the Gothic element is fun too...is this true Gothic, can the genre flex and alter without becoming unrecognisable?...a neo-Gothic, if you like...!
John Mullan, Jane Austin expert, in The New Statesman
Robert McCrum in The Guardian
Barry Forshaw, Gothic expert, in The Independent
A mostly positive review on a Jane Austin blog
A very positive blog review