Agnes Grey

Agnes Grey At age Anne Bront left home and worked as a governess for a few years before becoming a writer Agnes Grey was an novel based on her experience as a governess Bronte depicts the precarious posi

  • Title: Agnes Grey
  • Author: Anne Brontë
  • ISBN: 9781853262166
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • At age 19 Anne Bront left home and worked as a governess for a few years before becoming a writer Agnes Grey was an 1847 novel based on her experience as a governess Bronte depicts the precarious position of a governess and how that can affect a young woman Agnes was the daughter of a minister whose family was in financial difficulty She has only a few choices for empAt age 19 Anne Bront left home and worked as a governess for a few years before becoming a writer Agnes Grey was an 1847 novel based on her experience as a governess Bronte depicts the precarious position of a governess and how that can affect a young woman Agnes was the daughter of a minister whose family was in financial difficulty She has only a few choices for employment Agnes experiences the difficulty of reining in spoiled children and how wealth can corrupt morals.

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    1. Tatiana

      Out of all Bronte books Agnes Grey is definitely the one that reads as if written by a pastor's daughter. There is just a very familiar quality to it, a mix of self-righteousness, martyrdom and judgment, characteristic of "Christian" romances (yes, I have read a couple back in the day). Not even once during the course of the novel does Agnes make a mistake and therefore she doesn't evolve, change. She is just the most perfectest creature ever who is mistreated by everyone around her. The beginni [...]

    2. Henry Avila

      In 1847, Charlotte Bronte's novel, Jane Eyre, was published, her sister Emily's, book also , Wuthering Heights and finally the 3rd sister, Anne's, Agnes Grey . The first two became classics, the other one, until recently, almost forgotten. An autobiographical novel with a simple plot. Poor clergyman's daughter, becomes a governess, to rich snobs, in order not to be a burden to her family. The father, Richard, lost his money in a bad investment, his ship didn't come in, it sank, worse yet, he owe [...]

    3. Duane

      It pains me to only give this three stars, mainly because of the tremendous respect I have for what the three Bronte sisters accomplished in their short lives, and because Anne was overshadowed by her older sisters, Charlotte and Emily. Agnes Grey, the first of Anne's two novels (1847), was overshadowed by Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, also published in 1847. But Agnes Grey did two things: one, it gave us insight into Anne's life, her feelings, because it was partly autobiographical, reflecti [...]

    4. Kalliope

      Having watched recently the film To Walk Invisible, and having also finished not long ago Wuthering Heights, while I was reading this I could not but imagine the two sisters, Emily and Anne, sitting around the same table, either in the dining room or in the kitchen, each leaning over a very small notebook and writing away their novels in silence. Both sharing and not sharing; keeping each other’s company, but also guarding the privacy of their thoughts and their writing from the other sister.A [...]

    5. Fernando

      Las hermanas Brontë no se caracterizaban por escribir empalagosas historias de amor ni por retratar mujeres ingenuas y tontas sino todo lo contrario: sus personajes son decididos, valientes y tormentosos; enfrentan lo que la vida les depara con determinación aunque estas características no se observan en forma tan marcada en el caso de Agnes Grey.Más allá de que no he leído todos los libros de las Brontë (creo que para cerrar un concepto del ideal bronteano debería leer también La inqui [...]

    6. Sherwood Smith

      My favorite of the Brontes is Anne. This is my favorite of her novels.In this and Jane Eyre, we have governess-eye views of the gentry. In Jane Eyre, Jane manages to make herself central (her suffering in being a governess); in Agnes Grey, there is a meticulous look at the thin veneer of civilization over the soi-disant gentry who have all the money and manner but utterly no moral center. The examination of this family is one of the most effective pieces of quiet horror in literature, I think, b [...]

    7. Paul

      4.5 starsI’ve been conscious for a while of not having read anything by Anne Bronte and decided it was time to remedy that. This is Anne Bronte’s first novel and has the reputation of being not as good as the second; however I certainly felt that it had its strengths. The story is straightforward; Agnes Grey is the daughter of a clergyman whose family finds itself is straightened circumstances. Agnes decides she must contribute to the family finances and takes a post of a governess. There is [...]

    8. MJ Nicholls

      Firstly, let’s diagnose this phenomenon. I first encountered Brontëism—definable as a slavish devotion to every word the sisters put to parchment—at university. I encountered the syndrome in American students who had spent their teens reading comedies of manners and upmarket romance novels and found in the Brontës a vicarious way to eke out their own desires for windswept romances in huge drawing rooms. Then I met British students whose puppy love for Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre made [...]

    9. Carmo

      Agnes Grey foi escrito pela mais nova das irmãs Brontë; Anne, (1820-1849) e publicado em 1847. É um romance com uma história muito simples e uma visão vitoriana acentuada, mas com uma protagonista muito moderna para a época.Na casa de Agnes vivia-se com muito amor e pouco dinheiro. Agnes decide então ser preceptora, uma decisão que visa ajudar financeiramente a família em dificuldades, mas também testar as suas próprias capacidades; vencer na vida sendo útil e romper com o estereóti [...]

    10. Sylvia

      This is the kind of romance that I enjoy. Agnes Grey must be one of my favorite literary females. She's the type of role model who's not unrealistically perfect, but has developed virtues that make her a very worthy character. The book is certainly far from exciting or "passionate," but it has plenty of solid themes and lessons for young girls to learn from. It shows how the temporary pleasures of flirting are entirely fleeting, but the constant modesty and dependence on God is rewarded with tru [...]

    11. Cheryl

      I hoped, that with the brave and strong,My portioned task might lie;To toil amid the busy throng,With purpose pure and high. (by Anne Brontë)Though Tenant of Wildfell Hall is Anne Brontë's most popular novel, she is also remembered primarily for her verse. Being published at the tail end of her sister Emily's Wuthering Heights, this quiet novel by Anne Brontë was barely noticed by the critics. Yet there is something about her gentle prose that lures me. Charlotte Brontë said this about her s [...]

    12. Rane

      While her sisters may have started in the realm of Gothic romance, Anne Bronte gave us realism and if you dreamed once being a governess was awesome from reading Jane Eyre, Anne's Agnes Grey puts that notice to bed once and for all, with the question would have anyone have liked to have been a governess in this time and age? Anne does give us at times an ironic view of the higher society in the way they handle their children and in their own actions of not being to blamed when one of their kids [...]

    13. Jessica

      So the message of this one isn't so much "men are trash" as "rich people are trash." This is essentially the 19th century precursor of The Nanny Diaries, in which we see young naive Anne-- pardon me, I mean AGNES-- go into the homes of the wealthy as a governess, and see her treated like an inconvenient ghost. The strange position of governesses is also brought up in Jane Eyre. They aren't servants, but they aren't family. They aren't low class, but they aren't the same class as their employers, [...]

    14. Kim

      Agnes Grey is the first of two novels written by the youngest of the Bronte sisters. A number of aspects of the life of Anne Bronte, who died from tuberculosis at the age of 29, are reflected in the plot. The eponymous heroine is the daughter of a clergyman who loses his independent income, as a result of which she elects to work as a governess. Written in the form of a memoir, the first person narrative sets out Agnes' experiences working for two families, meeting and falling in love with a cle [...]

    15. Jess

      Agnes is in desperate need of a visit from Nanny McPhee and I am in desperate need of a Mr Weston.Utterly charming. Anne’s sharp sardonic wit and warm humour is so compelling. On paper Agnes Grey could be satire… were it not for the very real situations Anne depicts: this is ruthless realism. Her exposé was an explosive truth that no one wanted to tell - or hear. “Agnes Grey is a sort of younger sister to Jane Eyre; but inferior in every way” said one reviewer, crushingly. I need to rec [...]

    16. Kirsty

      I was prompted to reread Anne Bronte's wonderful Agnes Grey after watching the BBC adaptation of the Brontes' lives, To Walk Invisible. Agnes Grey is beautifully written throughout, and Anne was undoubtedly a very gifted writer. This is a wonderful tome to be reunited with, with its memorable storyline and cast of characters. Bronte's turns of phrase are just lovely, and Agnes' first person perspective is so engaging. A refreshing, thoughtful, and intelligent read in many respects, and a fantast [...]

    17. Lauren

      4.5* - This was my first Bronte novel and I love it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the experiences of a Victorian Governess who was trying to help her family as well as the different aspects of social class and how different these classes really were. This novel touches on many important issues that in many cases today are still being dealt with. The love story definitely left me wanting to know more than was told. The last thing i want to state is MR WESTON is wonderful. Full Review can be [...]

    18. Elizabeth

      It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be but well-cultivated, and the heart well-disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior.So said the teachers of our childhood; and so say we to the children of the present day. All very judicious and proper no doubt; but are such assertions supported by actual experience?Plot SummaryIn many respects, Agnes bears some similarities to Jane Eyre, at least in terms of tempe [...]

    19. Dhanaraj Rajan

      This is a Cinderella story with a small but important difference. The difference: It is not a 'rags-to-riches-story.' Agnes is a poor girl who suffers separation from the family and goes through much sufferings at the place of work. She works as a governess. She holds on believing only in the Providence (after all Agnes is the daughter of a vicar). She prays more when she suffers more. And when she loses almost the hope, God apparently hears her prayers and she is united with her lover. The love [...]

    20. Jenny

      I'm a sucker for good endings, and this one is so sweet. I wish the first 80 or 90 pages of this book were condensed; they contain too much summary and not enough story. But once Agnes gets to the Murrays', the novel becomes much more interesting. It reminds me of Jane Eyre but has its own charm. There are gentle and subtle humor, moments of genuine emotion expressed simply and fluidly, and interesting, well-developed characters. It's a simple book but well written. I recommend this to Bronte fa [...]

    21. Arwen56

      A dispetto del fatto che Emily Brontë sia la più gettonata tra le sorelle, personalmente ho di gran lunga preferito Charlotte e, adesso, Anne.“Cime tempestose” l’ho letto tanti anni fa, sia in inglese, sia in italiano, e mi ha estenuato. Heathcliff e Catherine sono praticamente un’accoppiata mortifera, una continua “sega mentale” di cui non si comprende lo scopo oltre a quello di tediare inutilmente il lettore. Molto di maniera e ligio ai canoni romantici dell’epoca.“Jane Eyre [...]

    22. Hugo

      Este passará a ser o romance que vou recomendar a quem quiser iniciar-se pelos clássicos Brontë, desprovido dos elementos góticos que caracterizam as outras obras das irmãs. Uma escrita simples, cativante, com mensagens importantes e atuais. Ri-me com as peripécias (leia-se maldades) das crianças e da frustração e submissão da personagem principal algo familiar.

    23. Richard

      The position of governess is described in Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre and alluded to with some horror in Jane Austen's Emma as a last resort for the desperate. Now, having read this novel, I know why.Agnes Grey is a girl who is beloved by her whole family, but when the family falls on hard times, she generously decides to get a job as a governess. Her illusions are shattered when she is given the job of civilizing a brood of horrid little monster children who refuse all attempts, no matt [...]

    24. Sara

      There can be no doubt how Anne Bronte felt about her experiences as a governess. Agnes Grey feels very autobiographical in those terms, with the spoiled children and the careless individuals of the upper class leading to a true understanding of how difficult such a position must have been for a young woman of this era. By all reports, Anne was ill suited to that profession and had it foisted upon her by necessity, just as Agnes does. That she wished to build the character of her charges and foun [...]

    25. Rebecca

      Again, I am very impressed with the style and proficiency of writing the youngest Bronte sister has. I really blazed through this book, whereas it took me a lot longer to read Villette (despite its being a much longer book, the time spent reading was disproportionate). I was intrigued by the article by Charlotte Bronte at the end of the book, where she reviews the life and works of her two younger sister, Emily and Anne. She really didn't understand Anne or her writing much at all. She had very [...]

    26. Lucie

      “It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be but well cultivated, and the heart well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior.”Have I mentioned how much I love Anne Brontë yet? I discovered her with The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and it will remain my favourite of hers, but Agnes Grey was absolutely amazing. I loved how realist it was, I got mad at Agnes' employers and their children, I fell for Mr Westo [...]

    27. Bob

      Having read a work of all three Bronte sisters, I cast my lot for Anne being the most talented. A truly gifted trio of writers, but for me Anne’s work is smoothly written, almost musical, a real pleasure to read. I am envious of her ability to put words on a page, she stands among the greats of literature while I can’t master composing something as simple as ‘Dick and Jane.’ I’m not much for reading poetry, but that’s about all that is left for me if I want to read more of this autho [...]

    28. Francine

      There were a few things I really, really loved about Agnes Grey:1. The beauty, simplicity and flow of Brontë's writing (in epistolary form, no less!),2. The remarkably early consciousness regarding animal rights, and3. The excitement of once again losing myself in a quaint, romantic little jaunt through Victorian England.There were also a few things that really, really irked me about it:1. Agnes (both the character and the work) had a tendency to be overly preachy and moralistic,2. Despite bein [...]

    29. Salma

      The story is simple- Agnes Grey is a clergyman's daughter who wishes to earn her living as a governess. The book reads as a diary without the dates of her experiences 'teaching' the offspring of the 'cream of the crop' in nineteenth-century British society. I use those words in quotes because the narrator makes it very clear to the reader that learning for the sake of learning is not foremost on her students' minds. And she also makes it clear that she finds the fact that these shallow, arrogant [...]

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