Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights
Author: Emily Bronte
Lexile Level: 880L

Confessions of a read-a-holic: "Hi, my name is Liz, and the only reason I read Wuthering Heights is because it was mentioned so many times in Eclipse." (see Twilight posts)  In all seriousness, that is the only reason I read it.

Wuthering Heights takes place in the 1700's.  It is the story of  Mr. Earnshaw, and his family. One day, Mr. Earnshaw goes to Liverpool and returns home with an orphan boy, Heathcliff,  whom he will raise with his own children. At first, the Earnshaw children—Hindley and Catherine—detest the dark-skinned Heathcliff.  But, Catherine quickly comes to love him, and the two soon are inseparable.  One day, while Heathcliff and Catherine are teasing some cowardly snobbish children, Catherine is injured and has to remain at the neighbor home.  Here she becomes infatuated with Edgar and rises to her social potential.  Heathcliff eventually leaves Wuthering Heights and Cathy marries Edgar, leading to a plot of despair and revenge.

The book is written as a series of flashbacks, told by the maid.  Because of this, and the heavy language, I had a hard time following the story.  I would read and think I would know what was happening, and then realize that I missed something.  I think I am a pretty intelligent person, but reading this book was hard.  I eventually moved to the audiobook which was a little better, but I still found it difficult to follow.  It also didn't help that the "flashbacks" didn't seem to happen in chronological order. 
This is a dark romance novel, that is full of irony, revenge, deceit, and despair.  Hindley is an alcoholic and gambler and Heathcliff became so evil it was a hard read for me. 

So the point of this post is, if you are going to read a book just because its mentioned in another book, make sure you don't need a PH.D in English Literature to understand it.

Happy Reading

1 comment:

  1. I am soooo glad I saw your post! I was actually going to purchase this today....funny enough, for the same reason: Eclipse!

    It sounds like a book that would make my head hurt. If I won't better understand the whole Edward/Bella connection, what's the point, right? (envisions Becky rolling her eyes)
    Thanks Liz!


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