Friday, April 9, 2010

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte -- a book review

Wuthering 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.

I thought I'd have a go at the Bronte sisters starting with Wuthering Heights. Even though it has an eventual happy ending I would compare it with a Shakesphere tragedy. I did enjoy this book although I found the main characters annoying and wished for more of some of the secondary ones! If you like story's of love lost or of children overcoming the mistakes of their parents have a read!!

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