Published by Norton on 1847
Genres: Fiction, Classics
Reading Challenges: Reading England 2016 Challenge
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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.
“I have not broken your heart – you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.”
Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights has been on my TBR pile for years. I’ve downloaded copies to my Kindle, my Nook, and have even bought it twice. Yet, I never made it passed the first chapter. Until now. I think the reason for this, is that the pacing at the beginning of the story is extremely slow. Not only that, but Heathcliff is a horrible person, and I found it difficult to read the scenes he was in. While this was supposed to be a love story between him, and Catherine Earnshaw, nothing about their relationship moved me. In fact, it had the quite opposite affect.
These two people are arguably the two most selfish and despicable people I’ve ever read in a “romance.” They both did whatever they wanted, and never seemed to care about anything, or anyone, but themselves. How can you root for people you don’t even like? You can’t! At least I couldn’t. I almost put the book down (again), but I persevered. Once the story got taken over by Heathcliff’s tenant and Mrs. Dean, the pace began to pick up, and I found myself liking the story more. Both Mrs. Dean and Mr. Lockwood were more likable characters, and I enjoyed Mrs. Dean’s retelling of the love story. Being more secondary characters made Heathcliff and Catherine easier to bear.
Wuthering Heights is the first novel I’ve read for Behold the Stars’ Reading England Reading Challenge. This classic tale takes place in the county of Yorkshire, which is in northern England. The county has much history, and has been influenced by the Romans and the Vikings. The story takes place out in the country, and the Lintons and Earnshaws are the two oldest families in the town. Filled with beautiful hills, lots of heather, and picturesque mountains, Wuthering Heights isn’t the name of the place, but the great house of the Earnshaw’s.