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"At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Bronte."--Virginia Woolf --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14-18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My only (very small) niggling qualm about the story is a few deus ex machina contrivances, such as Jane’s uncle dying at a propitious moment, when all her life she has believed herself to be entirely alone in the world. Still, it’s explained – the evil Aunt Reed has withheld the information from her.
The entire story seems very Dickensian, told from a female point of view. (It was published in 1847, ten years after Oliver Twist and two years before David Copperfield.) It has love, suspense, and a whole lot of symbolism to boot, if you care to look for it. I loved it.
As a part of my personal "Classics I Should Have Read But Didn't" series, I listened to this on my daily commute, and for anyone who finds Victorian-era novels a bit daunting, I would recommend the version from Audible.com, read by one of my faves, Emma Messenger. Her narration is, as always, brilliant.
Note: After you've read Jane Eyre, you might enjoy the genre-bending Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. The first novel in the series is The Eyre Affair, featuring Jane, Rochester, and the cast of Jane Eyre in a wildly inventive (and quite funny) alternate-reality crime novel.
This would be a wonderful mother-daughter read. It brings forward opportunities to talk about relationships - what makes one good or bad - as well as dedication, study, and a myriad of other topics that an adolescent faces. As Jane's life is detailed the unwanted child, bullying, powerlessness all rise up; so too does the consequence of standing up for oneself. The difficulties of poverty are shown and the co-existence of good people and poor characters within one school. The true impact that one friend can make, despite a brevity in the friendship, shows the power we each carry. The need to stretch and leave what you know, to spread ones wings, appears and brings the blessings and tragedies of life. Opportunities that are mixed and, finally, a happy-ever-after, without perfection, concludes the story. While Jane's insights are far too advanced for the age of her character throughout much of the book, they provide a young reader a path of exploration and the adult reader easy questions to discuss. ("How do you think Jane came to that realization or conclusion?")
As far as questionable content...well, it was the late 1700s/early 1800s, so people are generally more physically abusive to each other than would be condoned today. There's also not any outright sex, but some form of adultery is certainly implied between Cathy and Heathcliff after she marries Edgar. I've never been sure whether I'm supposed to like Heathcliff or not...I feel sorry for him for all the abuse he goes through in his early life (and how he still doesn't get the girl) but he turns out so vicious and abusive to those around him that it's hard to sympathize with him.
Still, I give it five stars because Emily Bronte's writing style captivates me in every time with its page-turning plot and characters. Surely, a few years from now, I'll be drawn back in.
Mr. Lockwood is the new tenet of Thrushcross Grange a beautiful house opposite of the foreboding Wuthering Heights occupied by his irritable landlord. Cooped up in his new residence recuperating Mr. Lockwood persuades his housekeeper to tell him the tale of his landlord and how things came to be as they are. She reiterates the dark history of the two houses filled with love, loss, jealousy and the desperate pursuit of vengeance.
Wuthering Heights is a classic Gothic novel. I put off reading this book for a long time so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed reading it. I adored how dark and dramatic it was. The setting and time period were wonderfully conveyed. The supernatural elements further heightened the atmosphere of the setting.
The narrative approach was interesting. Its conversational gossipy tone and perceptive look at the characters' lives made it an engaging read. The fact that the main narrator seemed the most level headed heightened the drama. I found the overly melodramatic moments amusing and continually wanted to know more about the characters. There were so many layers to the story that I'll definitely have to reread it at some point.
It was a rewarding experience to finally read the book that influenced some of the authors I follow and identify which elements inspired books I've previously read. So even though it was my first time reading Wuthering Heights it still felt oddly familiar.