Thursday, February 7, 2013

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights 
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë 
326 pages
Nook Book
Barnes and Noble Classic edition 2005
 Originally Published 1847

Book Jacket Summary
Emily Brontës only novel, Wuthering Heights remains one of literature's most disturbing explorations into the dark side of romantic passion. Heathcliff and Cathy believe they're destined to love each other forever, but when cruelty and snobbery separate them, their untamed emotions literally consume them. 
Set amid the wild and stormy Yorkshire moors, Wuthering Heights, an unpolished and devastating epic of childhood playmates who grow into soul mates, is widely regarded as the most original tale of thwarted desire and heartbreak in the English language.
 
My Thoughts
Another classic read in one sitting and another book of which that I had only seen the 1939 movie version. Can you tell I like old movies?
All I knew going into this was that Cathy and Heathcliff were incredibly selfish and jerky people. Yeah, the book proved that point again. Totally do not get Catherine's motivations at the beginning of the book and I am awfully glad that I did not have to do research papers in high school about this book. After looking up some opinion pieces I realize that Cathy is entirely selfish and has no qualms about just abandoning whoever and whatever to make herself happy.
I have tried to do some thinking before I did this review because I did read it in one sitting and deep into the night. Most of the movie versions stop when Cathy dies and Heathcliff has married her husband's sister in revenge but it does not stop there. The hatred and revenge drive on into the next generation because Heathcliff is so into his own downward spiral. It seems that there is so mach to say about that but I am trying not to write an essay but a book review.
My opinion? It is worth a read to see how different it is than the movies and because it is a great work of fiction that so many have drawn inspiration from. Do I like it? Well, let's just say that I will probably never read it again but I am glad I finally read it and know what people are referring to when it is brought up in conversation. I hear you either love Wuthering Heights of Jane Eyre.... Totally the Jane Eyre fan. At least I get the motivations in that book.

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