Review – Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

published August 1959, 320 pages

From the back cover –

There are few more convincing, less sentimental accounts of passionate love than Wuthering Heights.  This is the story of a savage, tormented foundling, Heathcliff, who falls wildly in love with Catherine Earnshaw, the daughter of his benefactor, and the violence and misery that result from their thwarted longing for each other.  A book of immense power and strength, it is filled with the raw beauty of the moors and an uncanny understanding of the terrible truths about men and women – an understanding made even more extraordinary by the fact that it came from the heart of a frail, inexperienced girl who lived our her lonely life in the moorland wilderness and died a year after this great novel was published.

My thoughts –

Anyone who is a frequent reader of this blog knows of my aversion to classics.  I don’t typically enjoy them, I always have to force myself to finish them, and I usually just end up giving up before I finish altogether.  This book started out similar – it took me a really long time to get invested in the story and characters, I read it very slowly, and I was pretty sure I was going to hate it by page 50.  Fortunately for me, though, I ended up enjoying the story when I (sadly) forced myself to continue on.  (Thanks, Classics Challenge, for that little push!)  I am SO proud of myself for getting through this and actually feeling like I somewhat enjoyed the book.  Someone described this book to me as almost like a soap opera (can’t remember who…), and that individual is completely right.  There is so much drama in here… it’s crazy.  I definitely felt attached to the characters, even with all their unpredictable drama, and I’m glad that I finished the book and got to appreciate it.  I can’t really say that this is one of my favorites, but it is a pretty decent book, and I can see why it is dubbed a “classic”.

Also reviewed by: bookchronicle at Adventures in Reading.

11 thoughts on “Review – Wuthering Heights”

  1. I’m glad that you “forced” yourself to finish this one (yeah for challenges!) it’s one of my all=time favorites. Drama, drama, drama – love it!

  2. I have your same aversion to classics. I’ve enjoyed a few but not a lot. I joined the Classics Challenge to make myself read more of them and Wuthering Heights is one of my choices. I was glad to read that you actually liked it. It gives me more incentive to pick it up to read. lol. Thanks.

  3. This one is on my TBR list. I’ve been trying to catch up on all the classics I never read when I was younger. This one sounds like it may hook me.

  4. Yay for fininishing! I had the same time with this book, and many other classics–slow at first, but end up enjoying the book. I’m glad you found it to be worthwhile!

  5. I also joined the Classics Challenge to force myself to read classics hoping that one will get my interest enough to want to read more. Congratulations on finishing AND enjoying this classic.

  6. Ironically, I don’t have an aversion to classics generally, but to this book specifically. I could not get over over heinously selfish every character in this book was. Sigh. I know I’m not in the majority with that point of view. Really, I’m glad to be disagreed with. It makes to more interesting to have so many books out there and so many points of view.

  7. Well done, Heather, for finishing the book! I read Wuthering Heights in highschool (like, way back when before the internet) and I didn’t like it very much. I think I should reread it and see what I think of the book now, some fifteen years later.

    It is funny, but this week or so I have come across quite a few books which I didn’t like when I read them back in highschool. With every one of them, I am thinking I should give it a try again, so many years later.

  8. I am in High School too. I am in 9th grade and I am in English Honors. For my book report I have to read Wuthering Heights. I really did not like it at first. As the book progressed I began to like it. I now really like it and it is one of my favorite books but what sucks is that it is a little complicated to understand. I cannot come up with any themes for the book. I need three and I need examples to back up the three themes. I am totally swamped with other work from different classes, I am cramping in everything. Anyways. Can anyone think of any themes for the book? Or any books that are similar to Wuthering Heights? It is driving me insane with worry.. Cause my book report is due in 11 days. Sooooo,….email me @ eragonlover94@comcast. net as soon as possible if you can help me.

    An example of a theme type i need:
    Don’t judge a book by its cover.

    I need one thats like a saying sort of. Or somthing along those lines.

    THANKS!

  9. i love drama and im sure wuthering heights is the book for me but im a little young and think the vocabulary might be a problome any tips on how to overcome that please and thank u 🙂

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