Monday, May 14, 2012

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte


Book Title: Wuthering Heights
Author: Emily Bronte
Published By:  Signet Classics
Date Published: March 1, 2011
Genre:  Classics, British Literature, Gothic, Romance
Pages: 322
Recommended Age: Young Adults, Adults
Read & Reviewed By:  Me
Rating: B/4

I borrowed this book from the library.

Heathcliff, an abused orphan falls in love with Lady Catherine Earnshaw, the daughter of his benefactor. She loves him just the same, but because he is not a rich educated gentleman she marries her neighbor Mr. Linton. Heathcliff vows to avenge his broken heart at all means possible. He makes sure all her family suffers the misery he feels that is equal to his pain.

My Thoughts:
I quite enjoyed this tale about unrequited love. Emily Bronte did a fantastic job of holding the reader’s interest, and she had the right amount of characters that there was never any confusion about who was who.  Bronte had written her characters well enough that the reader actually dislikes and pities Heathcliff at the same time and feels nothing but disgust for the selfish and cruel Catherine Earnshaw. The reader also feels completely and utterly sorry for each of their children because they ended up being pawns in Heathcliff’s diabolical plan.

I gave Wuthering Heights four stars and a grade of B, because it held my attention within the first three chapters, and I was as eager to hear Mrs. Dean’s tale of Heathcliff and Catherine as much as Mr. Lockwood did. Bronte is a great story teller, and sadly, this is the only book she had written before she passed away. The world has missed out on many terrific tales woven by Bronte.  If you enjoy the Classics, I recommend Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

Language: Just the word “hell” occasionally.
Adult Content: Mr. Hindley Earnshaw is a drunkard.
Violence: Heathcliff is a violent man.  He is mean to animals and strikes Catherine Earnshaw’s daughter, Cathy.

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