Title: Wuthering Heights
Author(s): Emily Brontë
No. of pages: 367
Genre: Classic, Romance
Publication date: September 5th 1847
Date read: January 31st 2018
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 notice that I find it pretty hard to rate this book; on the one hand not a lot significant events happen, but on the other hand: I didn’t get bored while reading ONCE. And I normally get at least a little bored every now and then while reading a classic. I think me not being bored while reading Wuthering Heights was because of the (not that difficult) beautiful writing and perfect setting. It’s quite a tragic story and the setting only adds to its moodiness.
The characters, however, weren’t exactly loveable. They were all easily angered and annoyed – except for maybe Catherine II (Catherine Earnshaw and Edgar Linton’s daughter). So together with the one who tells most of the story, Nelly Dean, I liked her best.
I was quite afraid of starting this book, because I had already tried it once in the past, when I was about 15. My English wasn’t as good then as it is now, so I had to look 1 out of 5 words up in the dictionary – not exactly a nice way of reading. Fortunately, my English is way better now and I actually didn’t find this book hard to read at all! The only difficulty, at the start, was in the many different characters and family members and the different Catherines. I didn’t quite understand who was whose sister/brother/cousin and so on. Luckily, as you read on, it all starts making sense and it all falls into place!
And all I want to do right now is watch ALL the movie/series adaptations of Wuthering Heights!