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For my eighteenth pick, I chose…
*A Book That Is Over A Hundred Years Old
Title: Wuthering Heights
My Ratings: 3.5 out of 5 stars
BLURB: 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.
Reading “Wuthering Heights” is like popping a piece of chocolate in my mouth only to find out it’s filled with coffee beans. I thought it would be sweet, but it turned out to be too dark and bitter for my taste. I cannot fault Emily Bronte for a deficiency in writing, though. The fact that she was able to create a constant state of tension while keeping me interested, alludes to her genius. In my opinion, it’s a horrible story well told.
You know the sayings: “Love conquers all”, “All you need is love”, “Love is a many splendored thing”?
Well, how about this one: “Love is incestuous, psychologically damaging, manipulative, violent, digs up your corpse when you die, and wants to be haunted by your ghost forever and ever”?
The latter may not be the sentiment on most Valentine’s Day cards, but it sure is the depiction of “love” in “Wuthering Heights”. I used to think this was a romantic novel untiI I’ve read it. I bet most people who haven’t read the book have the same perception as I had before.
Forget the romantic candlelit dinners, the wine, and the roses. Catherine and Heathcliff’s love exists on an entirely different plane! The one that involves ghosts, corpses, the possession of souls, and revenge. Speaking of revenge, Heathcliff, who harbors more than one grudge against his adoptive family, the love of his life, and his neighbors, manages to make every revenge drama look like kids’ play.
It was a difficult read, but I highly recommend this book. I think, Bronte created one of the most passionate love stories ever told. Sure, its idea of love is psychotic, way unhealthy, and it makes “Blank Space” look like a really level-headed approach to love –but that’s the point. Sometimes “madly in love” means just that: that love has rendered you literally mad. Sometimes it’s not healthy. It’s not a good idea. It is all-consuming, stay-up-all-night, hurts-worse-than-a-root-canal kind of love, and Bronte tells it as it is.
So take a trip to Wuthering Heights, where love will tear you apart, follow you every step you take, and come in like a wrecking ball!
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