Tuesday, April 14

Book Review: Agnes Grey

Title: Agnes Grey

Author: Anne Brontë

Pages: 251

Summary: Drawing on her own experiences, Anne Brontë wrote her first novel out of an urgent need to inform her contemporaries about the desperate position of unmarried, educated women driven to take up the only “respectable” career open to them - that of a governess. Struggling with the monstrous Bloomfield children and then disdained in the superior Murry household, Agnes tells a story that is at once a compelling inside view of Victorian chauvinism and ruthless materialism and, according to George Moore ‘the most perfect prose of narrative in the English literature.’

My Rating: 6.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I didn’t dislike the book, but I can’t say I really liked it either. Anne, definitely has a wonderful and poetic style of writing. It had a great flow to it, and kept me reading the story, but I found the characterization and the story in general to be a tad dry and boring. Agnes is a character I couldn’t connect to. I found her to be far to passive despite in her telling of the story to be so vocal of her feelings, yet in her interactions with others, she’s very quiet and passive. I was hoping she’d stand up for her self or at least express her feelings of a situation, rather than let everyone treat her like a door mat.

This was my first novel by Anne, and it was not bad, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. Hopefully her other novel shows more promise.

Would I recommend it to read: It’s hard to say if I’d recommend this book or not. My personal experience wasn’t what I expected. It is worth reading because of Anne’s talent to write a very nice flowing and poetic story, it’s just the story is dry. So I’d at least give it a try, but beware of the story not being as interesting as it is portrayed to be.

What to read next: Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Tenant of Windfall Hall by Anne Brontë.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, Support Your Library Challenge, A - Z Challenge,
Classics Challenge, New Author Challenge, Spring Reading Challenge, Victorian Challenge


  1. This is on my list to read this year for various challenges. I must admit that I have kind of been putting it off just because I know that her books are not quick reads. I enjoyed your thoughtful review.

  2. I've never read Anne Bronte but I'm not sure this would be my cup of tea, either. Thanks for the review.

  3. Your welcome. It's not a favourite. But, worth trying, it's a classic. I think I'll like Charlotte better.

  4. This is one I always think I want to read, but maybe I'll wait a little longer...
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    Maybe you don't want people to subscribe, but I just thought I would ask just in case, because I don't want to miss any of your reviews.

  5. I also found this one to be a tad dry--especially compared to Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. It is a much quieter story, but still enjoyable in its own way.

  6. Sorry this one was so dry. The premise of this book sounds really interesting, but I am sure that the style would put me off, so I think I will skip this one. I also wanted to say that I love visiting your blog because you always read a really interesting and eclectic selection of books.

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