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Strong on people and social observation
on 20 February 2017
I've just reread this for the first time; it's some 50 years since I first read it and thought it incredibly dull. I seem to remember it being a companion text in a study course and I wasn't reading through choice.
So I approached it with some reservation, but to my surprise, I really enjoyed both the story and the style. I'd remembered very little; it's partly based on Anne Bronte's experiences as a governess and her background. The narrative is apparently simple, but Bronte's really picks up on the nuances of class, behaviours and dialogue. She explores the isolation and impoverished status of those women almost forced, by default, to become a governess.
At the time of review, Audible is offering a narrated version free. Emilie Fox is the voice and delivers brilliant audio.