Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Review: Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid

Northanger AbbeyNorthanger Abbey by Val McDermid
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Hmmmmmmm. This was an odd book.

I wonder if and how my reaction to this book would have been different if I could remember Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, which I read at least 20 years ago. I wonder how much of the oddness of this book is attributable to the original plot and how much is attributable to Val McDermid's update. I am guessing that it is mostly the latter, although I am not sure.

I'm trying to decide if reading this book made me more or less likely to revisit the original. I'm leaning toward less, although curiosity may force it.

I found the characters universally annoying, which makes me think that it is the update that is at fault.

This wasn't a complete waste of time, but it was close.

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1 comment:

  1. I've been wondering about this book...but now I don't think I'll bother. (I like the original anyway.) Thanks for the honesty.