Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Let's talk about: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I have found that Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is one of those books that completely divides people. It seems like most of the people that I have talked to about it either love it or hate it. 
I tend to lean toward the loving it side. 
It is definitely not a fun read. It's not pleasant by any means. It isn't inspiring or happy. 
But I think it is interesting. And I think it brings up a lot of talking points. 
Wuthering Heights tells us the story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff and the mad, wild love that they share. Heathcliff is adopted by Catherine's father when they are young. 
He is not treated well by Catherine's brother Hindley. I think that he doesn't ever feel like he fits in and is a lost soul right from the start. I felt like if he would have been welcomed by the family and treated well we could have had a completely different story. 
Catherine and Heathcliff had a very tumultuous love story and we see how bad choices can shape so many different lives.
Wuthering Heights is Emily's only novel. I think it is really well written and I was drawn into the moors with the characters. 
It is a romance story that really isn't romantic. It is about love and hate. And how those two things can intertwine. 
I have heard that this book has never been off of the banned book lists of the world. It is interesting to think of how controversial a book like this, full of unbridled passions, revenge, hatred, and violence would have been in the time period it was written. 
Wuthering Heights won't ever be a book that I will sit down to read when I want to feel good. But it is one I will turn to when I want a good gothic story that leaves me feeling and thinking. 
I highly recommend it but I do know that it is not for everyone.