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I have just realised that I didn't post on this novel when I finished - I (re)read it just a few weeks ago.

 

I agree - it was a pleasure from start to finish. I laughed inwardly so often, and I thought the comic characters were fabulous, especially John Thorpe. Isabella was a brilliant creation of the sort of friend every girl has had at some point in her life! And Captain Tilney was a brilliant rogue.

My favourite episodes were the points where they discussed the habit of novel-reading - I love the sharp attack on the critics of novels.

 

I wasn't sure that the two halves of the novel worked well together, and I preferred the scenes in Bath, but overall it was a very worthwhile re-read and one I'll look forward to again!

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You lucky people in UK have the opportunity of seeing this very intelligently written play by Tim Luscombe. He has done a wonderful job of bringing out the parody. I had read his adaptation of the novel and was thoroughly satisfied with it, before watching the play in Salisbury.

 

And those of you, like me, who felt disgusted by the adaptation of this wonderful book by Andrew Davies for ITV can feel happy again. :-)

 

Here are the dates;

 

The Queens Theatre , Barnstaple,Devon: 2nd-6th october

 

The Greenwhich Theatre,Crooms Hill: 9th October -13th

 

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford : 23rd -27th October

 

The New Wolsey Theatre ,Ipswich :30th October-3rd November

 

The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham : 5th -10th November

 

The Theatre Roya,l Bury St Edmunds 12th 17th November

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Got my tickets already :)

 

Splendid!

 

Hope to read your views.

 

Hilary, so sorry the play is not going to be staged anywhere near where you live.

 

I flew over the channel to see it. But then not everyone is this obsessed.

:D

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Depending on where you come from that might still be closer than going there from Scotland.

 

It takes one and a half hour by plane (minus the time taken to go to the airport, check in time etc) and then two hours by train to Salisbury. It took us 40 minutes longer because the connecting train left as we were climbing the stairs to the platform. In short, from Switzerland.

:D

 

It was worth it :) I'd do it again.

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At the end of September I spent a lovely couple of days in Bath, and went on a Jane Austen walk. As Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are set there, they were the two focusses of the walk. It was really interesting wandering round, and hearing the guide, Glynn, talk about the places mentioned in the novels (all real) and also compare how Austen herself lived there for 5 years.

 

Northanger Abbey was mentioned more - hearing Glynn talk about the "respectable" and less so areas was fascinating, and he illustrated it with passages from the book. I particularly enjoyed standing outside the Roman Baths, listening to the extract about Catherine's father being horrified that she was living round the corner from the Baths, in what would then have been the red light district.

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I've been to Bath a few times but never done that - it sounds excellent! I've been to Austen's house there (although not actually her house - complicated!).

 

I've also done the Pump Room which is done out in Georgian splendour with a nice man at a piano and plenty of over-priced food. The spa water is fairly disgusting.

 

You can see it here.

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I've also done the Pump Room which are is done out in Georgian splendour with a nice man at a piano and plenty of over-priced food. The water is fairly disgusting.

 

You can see it here.

 

Hmmm, it sounds as if it looks nice but you wouldn't want to stop there! BTW - your URL isn't showing on your post David. ETA - oh it is now!

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I've been to Bath a few times but never done that - it sounds excellent! I've been to Austen's house there (although not actually her house - complicated!).

 

I've also done the Pump Room which is done out in Georgian splendour with a nice man at a piano and plenty of over-priced food. The spa water is fairly disgusting.

 

You can see it here.

It was certainly well worth the £5 a ticket - and we walked around for nearly 2 hours!

 

We met just over the square from the Pump Rooms, and while we didn't go into the restaurant, we did stand in the foyer and look at the "Kings Bath" which it surrounds. It is an impressive building.

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And to think that the great clock is still standing there in the pumproom. The one where Mrs. Allen sat down near, after parading in there.

 

I tiptoed in to have a taste of the famous water, was told to wait till a waiter was free to give it to me. It was some time before one came along. It cost 50 cents and I drank it all even though it tasted like.... I have no name for it :rolleyes:

Well I did it to have first hand knowledge of what Mr. Allen was doing there ;)

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You lucky people in UK have the opportunity of seeing this very intelligently written play by Tim Luscombe. He has done a wonderful job of bringing out the parody. I had read his adaptation of the novel and was thoroughly satisfied with it, before watching the play in Salisbury.

I get to see it tomorrow :banana:

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Northanger Abbey Wow. By far Jane's best novel, in my opinion, blowing Pride and Prejudice out of the water.

 

I've got Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe on my shelf but which I haven't got round to reading yet.

 

 

Phoebus

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I'm just starting The Calligrapher. Are both interested in starting Udolpho in about a week? Apparently, it is ONE of the most if not the most influential books in European literature.

 

 

Phoebus

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You lucky people in UK have the opportunity of seeing this very intelligently written play by Tim Luscombe. He has done a wonderful job of bringing out the parody. I had read his adaptation of the novel and was thoroughly satisfied with it, before watching the play in Salisbury.
I get to see it tomorrow

It was delightful

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Northanger Abbey Wow. By far Jane's best novel, in my opinion, blowing Pride and Prejudice out of the water.

 

I am with you phoebus :D

 

Thank you for the review megustaleer.

I agree the panel of 8 doors was a wonderful idea. The storming out and barging in of the actors added to the intensity of the scene.

 

Glad you liked it. :)

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I have asked for Udolpho for Christmas! ;)

 

I have just this morning sent off an essay about fidelity and betrayal in Northanger Abbey to my tutor. Honestly, there was so much material I could have written a dissertation but instead had to limit it to 1500 words. Not easy!

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I read Northanger Abbey when I was in hospital aged 14 and, though I enjoyed it, never felt the urge to re-read it.  I listened to an audio book (abridged of course) and was surprised at how funny it was.  Definitely on the re-read list now.

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