Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Brontë, Emily “Wuthering Heights”

Brontë, Emily "Wuthering Heights" - 1847

Wuthering Heights”. I love classic books. I love English classic books. I love English classic books from the 19th century. I love the Brontë sisters.

I just don't like this novel. I'm sorry. I would love to like it and I am sure there are novels from that era that I have liked because they were so much like the books I like. I just can't with this one.

Where do I start? I love the moors. I grew up in a moorish country. So, that can't be it. The story between Catherine and Heathcliff is interesting, at least at the beginning.

I'm just not into ghost stories. Not that I'm afraid of ghosts, you can't be afraid of something that you don't believe in. So, sorry Ms. Brontë but you were off to a good start, had a nice plot going there and then you “blew” it.

I know a lot of people will disagree with me but that's just how I feel.

I read "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë, and "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" by Anne Brontë, some wonderful creations. Just didn't like this one.

7 comments:

  1. I have to agree with you. I love the Bronte sisters, too. One of my favorite books is
    "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte. But I found the characters in "Wuthering Heights" just plain unlikable. They didn't make me want to care for them. They were mean and petty. I also found it confusing when the offspring had the same names or took on the last names as first names. And how about Heathcliff, was that his first or last name? And later there's another Heathcliff, Linton Heathcliff to be exact. Ironically, I DID like the writing style. I could pick out handfuls of quotes I like. Go figure.

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  2. I am glad someone else agrees with me. Everyone is always raving about "Wuthering Heights" and if you ask them, they can't really explain why.

    I think the fashion with the names was not unusual at the time. Well, even when I was young, a lot of kids had their father's or mother's name, especially the eldest boy in a family.

    I always get confused with middle names, is it a middle name or is it a double last name. LOL

    Besides "Jane Eyre", have you read any other Brontë novels?

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  3. I have read Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. I wanted to sample each sister's writing. I liked that one. So sad that all the Brontes died young.

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  4. That was my reason, too, and I chose "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" which is probably my favourite Brontë novel.
    If you are interested in the sisters' lives, I would highly recommend "Becoming Jane Eyre" by Sheila Kohler, a great account not just of Charlotte but also of Emily, Anne and the rest of the family.

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  5. I need to reread this one. I had the same reaction as you. I want to like it!

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    1. Maybe I should do that, as well, I might even like it. Meh, not so sure. Still, I'll put it on my list of books to be re-read! Thank you.

      Have a great weekend,
      Marianne

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    2. Hi Jillian,

      I have no idea whether you will get a notificiation about this or not but I just wanted to let you know that I can't get your blog anymore.

      The information I receive is that you either discontinued it or made it private. Whatever it is, I always enjoyed your writings and hope to hear from you again.

      Happy New Year,
      Marianne

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