Thursday, June 18

Book Reviews: Wuthering Heights

Title: Wuthering Heights

Author: Emily Brontë

Pages: 245

Summary: Wuthering Heights is the wild, passionate story of intenses and almost demonic love between Catherine Earshaw and Heathcliff, a founding adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr. Earshaw’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 in 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.

My Rating: 4/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I finally read a least one book by each of the Brontë sisters, and I have to say, Emily is my least favourite of them. I really disliked Wuthering Heights, and was glad to be done. It took me a while to read the book, as I trudged through it, hoping it would get better. But it didn’t. The blurb on the back of the book, made it sound interesting and engaging along with that and the expectations of Victorian style of writing I saw in the other Brontë sister’s work I had expectations that this would be the same. But it lacked in the style, and the story bored me to tears.

Not a single character was likeable. They were all selfish, boring and nasty human beings to each other. There is nothing romantic about Heathcliff and Catherine’s “romance” or lack there of. I read this book and am questioning why people talk about it as a romance? She was married to someone else, but loved him, they were never together, he disappears for a while but they’re madly in love with each other?

Even the style of writing didn’t have that same flow and elegance most Victorian literature has. I did like how the story was told, of having narratives within narratives. Emily did do a good job at that. She did it in a way, that you weren’t confused when reading it, and didn’t lose track of who the narrator was at the time. And having the house keeper be the main narrator retelling the story to another, made you feel almost like you where and listening in on their conversation, as a bystander (almost like overhearing another persons conversation in the coffee shop). Clever method there, I have to say. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything else I liked about the story. A disappointment for me, although I may try some of her poetry someday, Wuthering Heights just wasn’t for me.

Would I recommend it to read: No, I don't think I would. Even though it is a classic, and I'm a strong believer in experiencing the old classic works. This one just fell short. There doesn't seem to be that Victorian touch in the style of writing or in the story of this book. It kind of fell flat. Some will enjoy the book. It's one of those love or hate it books. But, it just wasn't me.

What to read next: Perhaps Emily Brontë's Poems, or the other Brontë Sister's works.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, RYOB Challenge, Spring Reading Thing,
Victorian Challenge


7 comments:

  1. I love that you are so brutally honest in your reviews.

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  2. YES YES YES!!! I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one who just didn't like this book. Emily is my least favorite Bronte sister, too. I thought the writing in this book was clunky and I hated all the characters. Agreed, it was not romantic at all and I don't understand why people think that. My husband, cousin, and brother all adore this book, and i just can't see why!

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  3. Thank you Witch Baby, I'm glad you enjoy them.

    Amanda - I also have friends who loved the book and I cant see why. And they can't see why I don't like it. From what I hear its a love or hate relationship with it.

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  4. I am SO not a fan of this book. I've read it twice; the second time was to see if I still disliked it, and I did. I always feel better when I find someone else who can't stand it either - and for many of the same reasons.

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  5. I've got this on my TBR pile and just keep pushing it back. I just wonder....if I'm not going to enjoy it why read it? I've read classics that I really enjoyed and some I haven't.

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  6. I disliked this book as well. I found Heathcliff to be totally controlling, and Catherine was just neurotic. I am glad I read it, because it filled in a gap in my classics reading, but I didn't really enjoy it very much either.

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  7. I LOVED this book. Have read it many times and still see it as one of the best love stories ever written. Shame you didn't enjoy it. Great review though, it's interesting to hear other people's views :)

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