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message 1: by Flannery (new)

Flannery LOL at the passionate elbow touching comment. This sounds a little too tame for me.

message 2: by Tatiana (last edited Nov 27, 2010 05:51PM) (new)

Tatiana I know! LOL. I was expecting at least one snog in the end, but no luck:P

message 3: by Aline (new)

Aline By reading your comment, I had a strong feeling that it looked like a Jane Austen novel. I see that you thought the same!

message 4: by Cory (last edited Nov 28, 2010 07:45AM) (new)

Cory I had high hopes for Anne. But maybe there's a reason that Agnes Grey isn't required reading in schools, like Jane Erye and Wuthering Heights. In any case this is a pretty funny comic about the Bronte sisters going dude watching. http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php...

message 5: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana LOL. It was funny. Anne's heroes are so boring!

message 6: by Jami (new)

Jami Loved this review! You are so right on with the "pastor's daughter" perspective. But hey, who doesn't enjoy a little elbow fondling now and then?

message 7: by Michèle (new)

Michèle Cory,thanks for very funny link!

message 8: by Paul (new)

Paul Curcione You said what I thought. I feel dirty writing on this book because I felt it really wasn't written for me. Lol. (Said while ducking)

message 9: by Karen (new)

Karen Chung I really enjoyed your review, and came up with a similar assessment of the narrator's whininess and failure to explain the points of view of the other characters. But I enjoyed the book a lot nevertheless. I agree that Wildfell Hall is a much stronger book.

message 10: by Sarah (new)

Sarah You aren't looking at the novel through the eyes of the people of that time period. Yes she points out everyone's flaws, but that's because everyone was pointing out the flaws of women- that was the entire point everyone was already looking at her flaws, at women's flaws.
A passionate romance in a feminist novel would defeat the purpose of "feminist"; focusing on a man and how she saw herself through his eyes would be exactly what society expected of women and that's what Anne was countering. She was also, as a governess, going against the societal norm that women needed to be married to be successful and respectable. Developing some passionate romance that would lead to something like marriage would also defeat the purpose.
On your criticism on the religious aspects this reading was cannon fodder in comparison to other much heavier Christian, moral-based novels of the time, before that time, and after. In fact, I don't think it was mainly designed to be moralizing, but to allude to the "Treat others the way you want to be treated" in terms of the women's rights. Also I believe it was a way to point out that people of that time weren't living as good Christians because of the way they were treating the people around them namely, women.

message 11: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Davis I laughed pretty hard at the end of this review. Thank you. And great point about her lack of mistake-making and character growth. I had wanted to give it a 5-star review (I rather liked the philosophical monologues on love, goodness, and perseverance) but when the elbow touching concluded the entire, underdeveloped love affair, I felt as though there was something else was missing too. And I think it is what you've laid out here. The lack of a truly trying circumstance for our Miss Grey. Also, I look forward to The Tenant at Wildfell Hall too. :)

message 12: by Erin (new)

Erin Dunn This review pretty much summed up my thoughts exactly!

message 13: by Rose (new)

Rose Well said, I agree on all points!

message 14: by Jael (new)

Jael Anne Bronte, I believe mirrorred much of her own life and feelings towards those around her in this novel. In truth she wasn't as exciting in life or in her imagination of how life could be as her sister, Emily.

message 15: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Kindervatter I enjoyed the book very much. Sweet and innocent is a breath of fresh air these days. And elbow touching is about as far as any book went in those days...in fact, she expresses far more open ardor than any of Jane Austens characters, who never apparently expressed emotion or touched at all...or at least, she never let on about it. Thats how it was in books back in the day. But that aside, i agree with the reviewer who pointed out that of all of them, Anne had a reformers heart. She wasnt just interested in telling a story or creating “art”; she wanted to expose the way governesses were poorly treated, poirly paid, as well as expose some of the hypocrisy of the upper classes, who appear to be truly “brute insensates”... yet, it what she saw and experienced.

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