Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

About the book

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.

Reviewed by Jane and Nick’s Fleet Library Reading Group:

Having read it for the 1st time 30 years ago, I enjoyed it much more upon this 2nd reading – others did not! Yes, it is melodramatic dark and gloomy at times and some thought repetitive, but I still consider it a worthy classic. This lead to a discussion of what qualifies as a classic! My point is for its genre, this title is a good example. Someone felt it was far less than Jane Eyre. Wuthering Heights provoked lively and ‘heartfelt’ discussion. Alternative title according to one of our readers is ‘Withering Freights’!

Star rating: ***

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