Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

28 Apr

Started – 19/4/13

Finished – 25/4/13

Format – Kindle e-book

 

Challenges – Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

BBC Top 200 Books

1001 Books You Must Read

Ultimate Teen Book Guide Challenge

501 Must Read Books

World Book Night 2012 Challenge

 

SynopsisWuthering 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.

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book when I first got my Kindle as there are a lot of classics out there that I havent read and as it was free i didnt really have a lot to loose. I seem to have a rather love/hate relationship with the classics i either really love them and get sucked into them or i hate them and cant get into the story or understand them. Happily this was a book that I absolutely loved and got really into the story.

This book tells the story of Catherine and Heathcliff who have grown up together and social class is really the main factor in the reason that there relationship doesnt get going. They both end up marrying other people and Heathcliff ends up vowing revenge on Catherines new husband.

At the start of the book you see how the story ends up and as its told through the eyes of someone else the story is revealed all the way through the book. I did enjoy the story told in this way and it added to the mystery of the book and how the characters ended up in the way that they did.

I found this book very east to get into and i really understood the language too. Another good point for me was there is not an extensive list of characters which made this book a lot easier to read.

I do wish i had read this in the middle of the winter though as i think it would have added to the atmosphere of the book.

This book is very good and it had also made me make my mind up to try more classics as this was a book that i very much enjoyed.

Rating – 4.5/5

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6 Responses to “Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte”

  1. mnleona April 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Thanks for the review. I am trying to get through this book that I also downloaded. Somehow, I cannot get into it but I loved the movies.
    I am thinking I will put it aside and re-read later from the beginning.
    Leona

    • shelovestoread April 30, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

      I’m yet to see any of the movies but i will do now that I’ve read the book 🙂

  2. cricketmuse April 28, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    I have tried to understand the attraction of this book. The gothic nature put me off, although I did enjoy Frankenstein. My AP students didn’t care for Heathcliffe or Catherine. There is an untamed recklessness about the novel they said. And yet for some readers this is why it is a fave. To each their own applies here, I do believe.

    • shelovestoread April 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

      I did really love this book but i can understand why some people might not 🙂

  3. BB April 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Lovely review, one of my all time favorite classics!

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