Friday, 13 January 2017

My thoughts on Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë


(image source: http://claireobdraws.deviantart.com/art/Kate-Bush-Wuthering-Heights-645213052) How beautiful is this?

Perhaps one of the most absolute classics.. a thrilling, chilling and haunting tale of the tragic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. Without spoiling too much of the plot (as it's one of those books you just have to read yourself to appreciate), here is a more than basic summary of the 400(ish) page novel:

The story is at first narrated by Mr Lockwood, a tenant of Heathcliff's, and we are told of his visit to the home of his landlord. Whilst spending a night at Wuthering Heights, he encounters a haunting apparition and seeks reassurance and answers from the maid, Ellen. The story then continues and is narrated by Nelly for the most part. Unraveled are the lives of Heathcliff Hindley and Catherine, far into adulthood and death. 

Now onto my opinion of the book.. I blooming well loved it! It took me about two months to read which is absolutely atrocious, I know, but I did read other books in between! Being set not far away from where I live in 19th century Yorkshire, I loved the personification of the moors. They felt like a character in themselves, and played a key role in the Gothic theme.

 I can understand why so many readers have major issues with this Brontë sister's style though; the characters are really quite detestable with very few amiable qualities AND there are a few characters like Jacob with hard to comprehend Yorkshire accents. It was actually painful listening to the eBook voice on my Kindle trying to comprehend it...so much so that I gave up and read it myself!

Emily's use of doubles, though thoroughly perplexing, is very interesting. There's Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, Edgar Linton and Heathcliff, Heathcliff and Hareton, Heathcliff and Cathy...not to mention Cathy and Cathy! Some of these are polar opposites, though some (like young Cathy and her mother) suggest to me the repetition of lives.

Have you read Wuthering Heights? What are your thoughts on it?

Forever heath and happiness,
Marti xxx

10 comments:

  1. I have not read that book. I know it is a classic but I supposed I just never got around to it. I've enjoyed reading your entry here, and it has peeked my interest for the book! I can't say that even I would be able to finish it in two months; it takes me FOREVER to get through books, but maybe I will pick it up at the library and if I like it, maybe I will read through it fast! ^_^ Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it!

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    1. I hope you do try it and besides, if it's not for you, then there's no obligation to finish it. Thanks for such a sweet comment xxx

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  2. Can you do this for every book? So I'll never have to ever read a book for school etc :)
    Great post, I really enjoyed reading it

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    1. Thanks so much! Uh, no! You should really at least try reading Bailey- who knows, you might learn something haha :)

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  3. I love Wuthering Heights... it's so mysterious and haunting, I really enjoyed Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte too. They're both excellence, and interesting books. I loved this post, and would love to see more booky posts here- plus I adore your writing style! :))
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    1. Thanks so much Rosie! I'm thrilled that you'd like more 'booky posts' here because I really love writing them! Jane Eyre and The Tenant at Wildfell Hall are top on my list of what I'd like to read xxxx

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  4. Brilliant! I'd love to read MOOR book posts xx

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    1. I'd also love to write some MOOR- thanks lovely! xx

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  5. I really want to give this a read now! Loved this review xx

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