“Agnes Grey was a strange experience for me. While reading it, I was bored by it, yet I couldn't seem to stop reading it.
I think part of it was that I could at times relate to the character of Miss Grey. Especially in relation to her fawning over Mr. Weston. I am no stranger to awkward silences with people I fancy, and I can totally see myself pressing primroses between books and keeping them in vases until they wilt just because they were given by a certain someone (Agnes has that advantage over me though, she actually does receive them).
Still, I found that for example Mr. Weston's character was incredibly boring at times. He doesn't really have any back story, and there was just something lacking in him. I also was not too fond of his proposal. Still, he was a likeable character and I did find myself rooting for Agnes to nab him and quick. Perhaps again because I could actually understand how Agnes felt every time they met.
All in all, though I did find the romance lacking at times, I think it was Anne Brontë's style of writing that kept me reading. It is simple, yet elegant, and just because this might not be as full of passion as for example her sisters' texts, Anne is by no means a lesser writer.
(I still like Jane Eyre more though)”
“Shockingly unsatisfying in the "romance category"
Also just plain boring. ”
“A straightforward fictional autobiography and romance. Agnes Grey is an introspective character who offers up some shrewd insights about life and human nature. This a simple, graceful story, without cumbersome embellishments or unnecessary characters. ”Anne of Green Gables wrote this review Tuesday, November 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Quite typical of English classics of the time - Agnes is the daughter of a poor clergyman who decides to make her way in the world by becoming a Governess. She has a difficult couple of placements but keeps her morals intact. In her last placement she meets a young Vicar who meets her rather high standards but there is competition with her beautiful young charge. Agnes wins out in the end and all seems well.”Sherri L wrote this review Monday, November 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A beautiful and wonderful coming of age love story! I couldn't put it down!”Kelly Brenna Anne Mahoney wrote this review Thursday, September 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Decided this was really a book about management techniques. As a governess, Agnes is hopelessly undermined by over-fond mamas who fail to give her the authority she needs to make her charges into half-decent human beings. Consequently, she ends up helping to create a brattish, selfish adult in Rosalie Murray who seems destined to repeat the experience with her own poor child. This was all rather depressing.
Agnes herself is a typical Brontë heroine: long-suffering, pious and a bit too good to be true. Anne's friendly, confidential, authorial voice rescues her from being completely unbearable, though. The importance of friends and small comforts (Snap the dog, for example) in making life pleasurable come through. I finished the book feeling that Anne was someone I would have liked to know, even if Agnes maybe wasn't.”
“This book made it clear to me why Anne is the least famous Bronte. This was a pretty unremarkable little book with the standard virtuous governess (of high lineage but fallen on hard times), and her thoroughly irritating (and a little wicked) charge. Of course the vicar (extremely honorable) comes on the scene and everything ends happily. In my opinion, there was nothing memorable or even very interesting in this book. I'm guessing if the author's last name weren't Bronte, this book may never have been published and it certainly would not still be in print today. ”Robbyn S wrote this review Saturday, September 10, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the first books I read in English (I'm not a native speaker). I read it about three years ago in school and really liked it.”Fijke wrote this review Thursday, June 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I found Agnes's character rather boring. This book is like a miniature version of Jane Eyre, although I personally prefer Jane over Agnes, as she has a stronger, more dignified personality. The romance was sweet, nothing like the rather shallow physical relationships in modern romance novels.. But I have to say again, I prefer Mr. Rochester rather than Richard. As Jane Eyre had more passion in the romance field, Agnes Grey described the shy longing that almost every girl would've experienced once in their lifetime.
To sum up, Agnes Grey was like reading a perfectly normal governess/girl's life in the olden days...
I did find it interesting though, how the women those days thought about certain matters. The most interesting part was where Mrs. Murray, or Rosalie was just like most of the girls these days: very self conscious, mostly about her outer appearance, and obssessed with making men like herself. And Agnes describes her as being.. unclever (which I do agree on).. and I was entertained by how ironic it was, as it seemed like Agnes was actually mocking the women living in the present world.
P.S. I don't get the point of mentioning the first family (The Bloomfields) either.. ”