Friday, April 21, 2017

Wuthering Heights

Book: Wuthering Heights
Author: Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.-Goodreads

Review: Describing Catherine and Heathcliff's relationship as a 'wild, passionate and almost demonic love' is quite a stretch. I read this in high school and found it okay. I reread this for book club a few months ago and my opinion didn't change much. Essentially, Catherine loves her foster-brother Heathcliff but he's 'below her station.' She marries someone else, Heathcliff betters himself and then marries Catherine's sister-in-law. Everyone's kids marry each other. Everyone is pretty much unhappy and bitter. It's a gothic soap opera and has some interesting story lines, but I just find the writing style very boring. 

Overall-it's a classic. Everyone should read it at least once.  

Grade: 3/5

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