Great classic novel--summer must read!
Considering lurid and shocking by mid-19th-century standards, Wuthering Heights was initially thought to be such a publishing risk that its author, Emily Bronte, was asked to pay some of the publication costs. A somber tale of consuming passions and vengeance played out against the lonely moors of northern England, the book proved to be one of the most enduring classics of English literature.
The turbulent and tempestuous love story of Cathy and Heathcliff spans two generations--- from the time Heathcliff, and strange, coarse young boy, is brought to live on the Earnshaws windswept estate, through Cathys marriage to Edgar Linton and Heathcliffs plans for revenge, to Cathys death years later and the eventual union of the surviving Earnshaw and Linton heirs.
A masterpiece of imaginative fiction, Wuthering Heights (the authors only novel) remains as poignant and compelling today as it was when first published in 1847.
I am sure this is a great romantic story, however I couldn't finish reading it. It is a very challenging reading. I hope that someone has better luck with it then I did.
I know this is a classic and I'm supposed to like it but, wow, I didn't like this book at all. It was slow to read, boring and I had to force myself to finish it. What a shame.
Fascinating storytelling, depressing read
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, is not a book to read before you go to bed at night. In fact, it's one of those books that look nice on your shelf because it's a classic but has little value in helping you live a good, upright life. Vanity, love (or should I say lust), obsession, greed, self-centeredness, rivalry, and death: these are the themes of Wuthering Height - a most tragic "love story."
I do enjoy E.Bronte's style of writing, and how she goes about telling the story. It certainly keeps one turning the pages, but in horrid fascination. You must know what happens, but you fear to learn. I commented after I finished reading the book (with a huge smile on my face) that it is awful when one finishes reading a book and is that glad to have finished (for finishing the book was the reason for my smile). I had accomplished my goal. Oh yes, a depressing work indeed. Do not recommend it for young folk, and I am glad I did not read it sooner than I did.
The back cover describes Wuthering Heights in this way:
With its freedom from social convention and its unparalleled emotional intensity, Wuthering Heights is a highly original and deeply tragic work.
5 stars for writing style 1 star for content Average: 3 stars