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Agnes Grey (Penguin Classics) (original 1847; edition 1989)

by Anne Brontë, Angeline Goreau (Editor)

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Title:Agnes Grey (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Anne Brontë
Other authors:Angeline Goreau (Editor)
Info:Penguin Classics (1989), Paperback, 272 pages
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Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë (1847)

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Always trying her best even in the most testing of circumstances, Agnes is the epitome of conscientiousness. ( )
  siok | Nov 28, 2016 |
Here is the only realistic Brontë who faithfully captures the idealised-but-often-unrewarding profession of teaching and the hapless circumstances which produce governesses in the nineteenth century. The novel is in essence a therapeutic exercise for Brontë, in which she lists all the ways parents and children can be terrible.

We begin with Grey's useless father, whose lack of commonsense in money verges on ridiculous, and the impractical mother, whose belief that love coquers all borders on insanity. This romanticism of poverty passes onto the naïve Grey who endures the necessary hardships of unruly students and helicopter parents. The freshness of Brontë is that Grey does not win over the children and they do not magically improve a la Sound of Music. Instead, the pupils remain horrid and it is clear that the fault does not lie solely with them. Grey herself is obviously inexperienced and portrayed accordingly, she is not a capable governess, lacking the temperament and the robust health required.

With the ever-so-slightly sweetly unromantically-romantic romance, the novel makes no pretences about the real hardships of governesses but injects just the tiniest bit of wishful romantic fulfilment as it is a story after all, not a miserable autobiography. ( )
  kitzyl | Nov 26, 2016 |
The book reads much like her sister's books although the subject manner may be less universal. It deals with the British class system and how it leaves many, particularly governesses in an isolated condition. ( )
  snash | Nov 10, 2016 |
I see this book as a response to Jane Eyre. Anne Bronte does not romanticize the life of a governess, although she doesn't depict it completely realistically either. Though Agnes does not have the best experiences they are still not horrible. There is still a happy ending. I would have liked this book more if it could decide what it wanted to be: realism or romantic. ( )
  Sareene | Oct 22, 2016 |
I had to read an ANNE Bronte book after the movie 'Devotion' only describes Charlotte and Emily as geniuses. Why not Anne, too? This could not stand! I had been meaning to read this one for a while anyway. If I were deprived of Charlotte's and Emily's writing, Anne's writing would be all the more appreciated. The story or writing here might not be on the level of Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, but I will take what I can get of the Brontes! I know I couldn't write like Anne anyway! Anne seems to overuse the comma here, which is the most irritating this book could be for me. I love the story of Agnes Grey and her perseverance with her job as governess to various children and teens and her perseverance with the disappointments of life overall. The Brontes sure had a handle on the story of the governess. I especially love the appreciation Agnes has for the ocean and her walks (my favorite part!), as I know Anne herself died at the ocean. Now I know how much Anne herself appreciated the ocean and that gives me comfort and reason enough to read the book alone. ( )
  booklove2 | Oct 15, 2016 |
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Agnes Grey is forced by the poverty ensuing on her father's death to seek work as a governess, the only employment available to middle-class young women of the time. Her humiliating first position lasts only six months, but she is soon employed by the Murray family. Tormented by the coquettish Rosalie and the student tomboy Matilda, she finds her position increasingly lonely and difficult. Only Mr Weston, the poor, plain curate shows any kindness, and Rosalie seems bent on his conquest. Anne Bronte knew only too well what is was to be a governess - "your efforts baffled and set at nought by those beneath you, and unjustly censured by those above". With Agnes Grey she created an impassioned account of a role which stripped so many Victorian women of their dignity. And, reinforcing her insistence on a woman's right to personal freedom, vividly presents the natural landscape as a mirror to her heroine's inner life.
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When her family becomes impoverished after a disastrous financial speculation, Agnes Grey determines to find work as a governess in order to contribute to their meagre income and assert her independence. But Agnes' enthusiasm is swiftly extinguished as she struggles first with the unmanageable Bloomfield children and then with the painful disdain of the haughty Murray family; the only kindness she receives comes from Mr Weston, the sober young curate. Drawing on her own experience, Anne Bronte's first novel offers a compelling personal perspective on the desperate position of unmarried, educated women for whom becoming a governess was the only respectable career open in Victorian society.

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When her family becomes impoverished after a disastrous financial speculation, Agnes Grey determines to find work as a governess in order to contribute to their meagre income and assert her independence. But Agnes' enthusiasm is swiftly extinguished as she struggles first with the unmanageable Bloomfield children and then with the painful disdain of the haughty Murray family; the only kindness she receives comes from Mr Weston, the sober young curate. Drawing on her own experience, Anne Bronte's first novel offers a compelling personal perspective on the desperate position of unmarried, educated women for whom becoming a governess was the only respectable career open in Victorian society.… (more)

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