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- Publication Date: April 3, 2018
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- Language: English
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As a reader, I have to wonder what state of mind Emily Bronte was in when she wrote the turbulent tale. Published in 1847 the story was considered lurid and shocking, but a masterpiece. It is Bronte's only novel and is as relevant today as it was back then. Emily Bronte had been ill for some time and died in December of 1848.
Though it may seem over-dramatic to some, think of it more as a view into the harsh reality of the Victorian mindset: the fear of miasma, and now possibly water, causing death; the brutality afflicted by the upper classes; the few amongst them who were truly good and brought hope, even sometimes offering a step up to the next rung in a ladder; the quickness with which a family's status could rise and fall; the fact that death and loss were every day realities; but most importantly, the tragedy of love itself, in an Era divided by the haves and have nots.
I don't know what stimulated me to return to it after a 40 year hiatus but I did and found all of the old remembered power that moved me on first reading but with new appreciations that age and a lifetime of experience add.
Wuthering Heights is an easy novel to read, gripping in its action and characterisations. But on an emotional level it packs a punch which can somethings threaten to overwhelm the reader, there were indeed times when I felt I needed to close the book and distance myself a while. None of the characters exist in a fantasy world of nice, perfectly-imagined people, perhaps Edgar comes close, while portrayed as weak. The others are bu turns whimsical, unruly, emotionally unpredictable, often to the point of instability, violent in their moods and desires. It is as if each new wind across the moorland heights brings new moods and desperate promptings. Characters are prey to their emotions and are turned and twisted by them. Events follow.
Heathcliffe of course is the key personage. In the novel he is far distant from any romanticised version film tv or stage dramatisations might offer. He is brutal, vengeful, destructive, dangerous, and mad with love and grief... He truly is a monster bound to his own personal hell, seeking to revenge himself on everyone who denied him his Cathy. The success of his portrayal is of course that you somewhere find pity for him, while you feel terror at his treatment of those around him, sating himself on their downfall and even death. Good will of course in some measure win out in the end.
Rereading the novel so many years later I was more appalled at the events of the book than upon my teenage reading... Back then I was so impressed by the intensity and power of its portrayals. I read it with far more feeling this time... far more responsiveness to the human awfulness unfolding, far more understanding perhaps of the human fraility of the characters. I was not I must say enamoured of the use of the Housekeeper, Ellen Dean, as a mouthpiece for the tale... but that can be left to one side... It is a quibble. Having said that I cannot now imagine the novel without it.
This is a great novel. What makes it great is its extraordinary emotional power, its fearless unflinching depiction of flawed humanity, and the immense courage and force of feeling of Emily Bronte in imagining it all and committing it to paper. There are few books like it in all of literature and one can only wonder and what depths she plumbed inside her to drawn her visceral creations out... She journeyed where few writers go, and gave us the molten and lambent product of her own being and imagination. As readers we can only stand awed and grateful, and shaken...
I still count this novel after a lifetime of reading among my Top 10 of all time. Emily Bronte is still a writer I love. My favourite female writer, but also much much more.
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RATED 4.5/5 STARS!
Well didn’t THIS take me by surprise!
I did not expect to enjoy this quite as much as I did. Wow.
Right. So the main thing that puts me off reading classics is the amount of effort it takes me to read them compared to my usual books because of the difference in language. Yes , I know it is more educational for me to read more complex books occasionally. But when I read for enjoyment, sometimes I just don’t want that extra struggle. And by sometimes I mean most of the time. But this book was nowhere near as difficult to understand as I thought it would be! Of course, it did take me longer to read because it was still different, but I’ve read classics that are much denser and feel like mud to get through. This didn’t. At all. Especially with the note pages at the back of the book to help you through some of the language meanings.
Honestly, I think the only time I’d struggle was when one character in particular would talk – Joseph. Dear lord, did that man have a thick accent! Half the time I had no idea what he’d be rambling on about, but like I said, the note pages are there (in this edition, at least) to help you through. I swear, most of the notes are just devoted to translating his accent and phrases!
Enough about accents though.
This book grabbed my attention from the start. It’s told in a very interesting way – and this is where I try my best to describe it to you guys while probably confusing everyone. I apologise in advance. So, you read the book from Mr Lockwood’s point of view, as he’s hearing the story of Catherine and Heathcliff through the housekeeper, Mrs Dean. If that makes sense. So you start at “present day” (though obviously not OUR present day), then go back a few years to the beginning of the story, and gradually make your way back to “present day”. If that confused you, I’m sorry for my awful explaining skills – but I promise it all makes perfect sense when you read it! What I’m basically trying to say though is that it doesn’t just feel like a random story, but you’re discovering it for a reason.
Also, the perspective you’re reading from isn’t the main character – or even a side character – but more of a…bystander? I don’t think I’ve read a book from that point of view before!
As for the actual story, although it’s by no means as action based and thrilling as most of the books I read, it was highly entertaining for me. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the Victorian drama! And yes, I say Victorian drama specifically, because everything was so much more dramatic during those times. If you look at someone without smiling, you’re basically the devil’s spawn and have no soul. I mean, look at this. One character was looking after another while they were ill, and here’s how it was described…
“His health and strength were being sacrificed to preserve a mere ruin of humanity.”
I know it’s probably wrong, but I can’t help but be amused by phrases like that! The book is so dramatic, and yet if the events happened nowadays, it’d hardly be anything. And yet everything seems like a shocking downright disgrace to humanity, purely because that’s how the book is written. And it was sort of nice to see how everything – every word, every action, every meal or object or journey – meant so much more back then. It made me feel like I was living in the Victorian times, and with how much I adore history, that’s a massive bonus to me.
At first I was VERY confused about how all the characters were related. So, so confused. But about halfway through it all became clear in an instant. That moment, oh how it felt like a ray of light burst through the clouds fogging my mind . I couldn’t make sense of it before, but just went with it and continued enjoying the story regardless, and then suddenly another person comes into play and CLICK everything suddenly makes sense.
I actually said aloud “OHHHH NOW I GET IT”
So other than the original confusion with the relations of the characters and the struggles of understanding Joseph’s accent, I had no other problems with this book. I loved the drama, I loved the gothic feeling surrounding the (very highly detailed) settings, and I loved seeing the difference between the society then and now.
I feel like this book is a great place to start if you want to get into classics. I mean, that’s what I’m trying to do, and it’s certainly worked for me! I honestly think this is my favourite classic so far (along with Pride and Prejudice).
For instance, the following passage:
"I'll put my trash away, because you can make me if I refuse,' answered the young lady, closing her book, and throwing it on a chair"
is in fact rendered as:
"I'll positioned my trash away, due to the fact you can make me if I refuse" responded the younger female, final her e-book and throwing it on a chair"
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A jolly visitor seeks a room and hopes to befriend the master of the house but finds the atmosphere positively frigid. He spends an unnerving night at the place and finds his curiosity piqued by all he experiences until he determines to get to the bottom of the mystery. This is a challenging book that will defy the reader to enjoy it but not because it's difficult to read or follow but because it's unremittingly dour. I recently re-read it in a book club and the discussion about it revealed to us that while it isn't traditionally satisfying it is undoubtedly a book of enormous depth that rewards analysis. The characters and their motivations are profound and compelling even where they are thoroughly unpleasant. The principles are Cathy and Heathcliff, two beings that clash like the immoveable object and the irresistable force; there seems to be an almost supernatural aspect to their relationship, something beyond their mortal selves that compels them to actions outside of their control, actions which seem doomed to destroy them and everyone around them.
Perhaps I am being unfair, perhaps you are supposed to feel that way about him and my expectations of Heathcliff being the victim are misplaced. Generally I felt that book said more about misogyny and abuse of power than romance.
I am glad I read it but I can't say I liked or enjoyed it. No doubt ground breaking at the time especially for its Gothic overtones but that isn't enough; for me it has gone passed its use by date.
Moving on to the book... It is the best book written by Emily Bronte... It is even more popular than Jane Eyre which was written by her sister. It is a love story and what I love about this book is this beautiful setting. If you have read the book already you would know what am talking about. It also have some gothic elements . And if you want to read this book then I would ask you to read in the Fall season... Because you will just have the best time of your life reading it.
Most of the other reviews on here have described perfectly the characters, atmosphere and moorland settings. I can only add, that as much as the central storyline is about obsessive and revengeful love, there is also pervasive feeling of death lurking in the shadows.
I must also recommend, if possible, a visit to Howarth and walk from there to Top Withens - thought to be the inspiration for the Heights - to really soak in the windswept ambience.
By how this story is framed, and not being told in a linear timeline saves it for me. The biggest surprise is the unexpected ending, Bronte builds a conflict to make me think Lockwood will save the younger Catherine (Linton) from her miseries – but in the end she, with the help of nobody else, saves herself, finding a happiness in love that evaded both her mother, Catherine, and her mother’s truelove, Heathcliff.
When I finished this book, I realised that beyond the surface Bronte was writing more than a love story.
I HAVE HAD A COPY OF THIS BOOK ON MY BOOKSHELF FOR AROUND THIRTY YEARS AND IT IS MY FAVORITE BRONTE BOOK.