Thursday, 17 February 2011

Review: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Title: Wuthering Heights

Author: Emily Brontë

Publication date: 13/01/2007 (first published 1847)

Rating: 10/10

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Perhaps the most haunting and tragic love story ever written, Wuthering Heights is the tale of Heathcliff, a brooding, troubled orphan, and his doomed love for Catherine Earnshaw. His desire for her leads him to madness, however, when Catherine is made to marry a wealthy lord, sending Heathcliff on a life-long quest to avenge himself upon those who stole his only love and his life.

In this gripping chronicle of the never-ending conflict between the heart and the mind -- and the pain and passion of true romance -- Emily Brontë created an unforgettable classic saga of love, desperation, vengeance, and forgiveness. Published just one year before Brontë’s death in 1848 at the age of thirty, Wuthering Heights endures as one of the world's greatest love stories and a classic of English literature.

My thoughts:

This book is part of my reading for my English Literature class. I love it, love it, LOVE IT! I mean, come on, it’s Wuthering Heights.

I love the relationships between the characters particularly Catherine and Heathcliff. It’s so…unique. I understand that Heathcliff borders on or is completely obsessed but the love described between him and Catherine is amazing. It’s so much more than what love is described to be nowadays.

The story really does break your heart so many times. Tragic deaths, unrealistic love that can never happen and even more tragic deaths. I really don’t think I have ever cried so much after reading a book.

I’m not going to give anything away, but, when a certain character becomes what some people see to be a ‘monster’ and barbaric, I just feel more and more sympathetic.

I also loved how the whole story sort of just leads towards what happens at the end. As if everything else had to happen the way it did so that it could turn out the way it does. Does that even make sense? haha

Anyway, I cannot fault this book at all. It’s a wonderful story; really emotional, thrilling and shocking read. Please pick it up if you haven’t read it already!

Great quotes:

"If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger."

"You said I killed you - haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!" (this is where I cried like a baby).

About the author:

Emily Jane Brontë was a British novelist and poet, now best remembered for her only novel Wuthering Heights, a classic of English literature. Emily was the second eldest of the three surviving Brontë sisters, being younger than Charlotte and older than Anne. She published under the masculine pen name Ellis Bell.


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Buffy said...

This has always been my favourite book. I have it in about ten different editions and read it at least once a year.

samantha.1020 said...

I'm currently reading this one right now and I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much. I'm taking my time and reading it slowly but I'm liking what I've read so far. Great review!

hemorrhoidal treatment said...

Just finished the book a couple of weeks ago and watched the TV drama adaptation last week. I just can't let it go...I love the book so much that until now I keep sharing my thoughts all over the internet with it. Hehe... And so I was able to reach your blog post.

Lynn said...

Okay, you absolutely must read, not kidding, Jane Eyre. If you like Wuthering Heights you will love JE.