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Saving Agnes

Saving Agnes [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Cusk
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Rachel Cusk's Whitbread-winning debut is a funny, knowing tale of middle-class, middle-twenties angst.

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Agnes Day - sub-editor, suburbanite, failure extraordinaire - is unwell. Terminally middle-class, incurably romantic and chronically confused by life's most basic interactions, Agnes discovers disconcerting gaps in her general understanding of the world, making recovery unlikely. Life and love go on without her, but with a little facade, she can pass herself off as a success. Beneath the fiction, however, the burden of truth becomes harder to bear.

'She is a writer with a poet's eye for convincing detail, and touches on the raw emotions of life in a way that is affecting and true.' Sunday Telegraph

'Told with irony and insight and some surreally beautiful imagery. At times it made me laugh out loud.' Sheila Mackay

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 420 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction (4 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B72L20C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good first effort 29 Oct 1999
By A Customer
Saving Agnes puts you into the head of a lonesome young Englishwoman. She walks the streets of London in a daze, passively accepting whatever life hands her, both personally and professionally. My reaction to her musings on her life were much the same as I had to "Of Human Bondage": snap out of it! Fortunately, this heroine manages it in far fewer pages, and I found the ending fairly satisfying. It's not as good as the more recent "The Country Life," by any means, but I think that's a good sign. Rachel Cusk is headed in the right direction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and Eloquently Written 8 Jan 2014
Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award in 1993, Rachel Cusk's debut novel focuses on heroine, Agnes Day, who lives in North London with friends from her university days at Oxford, Merlin and Nina. Agnes works as an assistant editor for a small publishing house on 'Diplomat's Week' magazine, a job she dislikes and finds dull. With a failed romance behind her and an unsatisfactory 'on-off' relationship with her present lover, Agnes continues to look for love, but her naivety and lack of understanding of the world and its workings, and her suspicion that everyone else holds the secret to real life, causes her to become disillusioned and dislocated from what is going on around her. Hating the ordinariness of her life, but unsure of how to go about changing it, Agnes determines to put on a brave face and to pass herself off as a success, but when disconcerting scenes from her childhood and her failed love affair keep returning to haunt her, Agnes finds true life becomes too much for her to cope with.

In this debut novel, which is stylish and eloquently written, Rachel Cusk convincingly portrays Agnes's situation and deftly draws the reader into her heroine's complex life. I do have to say, however, that although I sympathized with Agnes and her problems (is she suffering from clinical depression, an obsessive disorder or extreme anxiety?) I did find myself becoming a little frustrated with her at times and rather saddened by her passivity and lack of self-worth (I would like to explain further but do not want to reveal spoilers).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange and compelling read 4 Feb 2012
By Bizgen
This book arrived at my door, on it's way to a bookshelf I maintain for a charity. I wasn't sure whether it was my sort of thing, and idly read through a few pages. Then a few more, and then I was hooked.

The main character is a mixed-up and rather naive young woman (worthy of Anita Brookner and Anne Tyler)and it is the desire to see if life ever turns out well for her that kept me going. We follow her as she tries to be like other girls of her age, but she finds it impossible to experience and enjoy life in the same way that they apparently do. One suspects that she is just too intelligent on one level and too unworldly on another, to ever really understand what makes the majority of young women 'tick'. Even her ability to interact with her mother and her brother on her rare visits home, seem doomed to failure.

The writing was good and the character of Agnes was well-drawn and I shall be looking out for more by this author. I am not surprised it won a Whitbread first Novel award when it first came out. Amazon, get them on Kindle!
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