PUBLISHER: Newton & Compton
FIRST ORIGINAL EDITION: 1847
The young Agnes, narrator and protagonist, leaves her home to put herself to the test to give a financial support to her family and to know the world. She will live a love story and, above all, she will have the opportunity to see the emptiness and the corruption of polite society, unveiling the dark side of “reputable” peoplein a lucid and clear way.
WHY I READ IT:
It is part of the infinite list of classics that must be read in my opinion.
A novel – ideally autobiographical – by the youngest of the Brontë sisters. Anne’s style hasn’t got the splendour of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, as it is simpler and didactic than her sisters’. It is like if she wanted to tell us her truth, what she has lived, without anyfrills and descriptions.
However I liked the book, you can sympathize with the protagonist almost always and it ends as “it should”. If you haven’t read any novels by the Brontë sisters, you can start from Agnes Grey and then read the other masterpieces; you will do justice to Anne, unlike most of the readers (me included) who do so after reading the unforgettable Emily and Charlotte Brontë.