BookWorm: Wuthering Heights
What can I say?
It was full of malevolence. Revenge. Unforgiveness. Sickness. Death.
Although as I was pre-warned, I walked straight into my morbid curiosity so I have no one to blame for this gloomy cloud above my head now.
It’s a story about the vengeful man who spends his life making others pay for his lost lover.
He is at both extremes. He hates so much he spends 18 years in plotting his revenge. But he loves so much that he prays daily for his deceased lover to haunt him.
At the end, I felt sorry for our antagonist. He’s a d*ck throughout the book but reading how his lover never left his thoughts even after she died was in itself a mental torture. He is so obsessed with her from their meeting until his point of death.
What I liked:
1) The author’s sense of humour.
If I were in heaven, Nelly, I should be extremely miserable.’
‘Because you are not fit to go there,’ I answered. ‘All sinners would be miserable in heaven.’
Nelly Dean p78
2) The romance. There are no sex scenes at all in this novel. At least none that I’m aware of. In fact, I didn’t even know the characters were pregnant until they died (obviously) during childbirth. Yet the author manages to paint a picture of adoration so strong between lovers even into the after-life.
If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.
Catherine Earnshaw p80
What I didn’t like:
1) People were just dying left and right. Either dying or going insane.
2) The usage of the word ‘sl*t’ so often. I understand the reason why, to show brutish insolence. And I know that the original meaning was for a kitchen maid. But still. I’d get slapped if I used that word on any kitchen help.
“Oh hey, let me do the dishes for you.” “Oh thanks. Sl*t.”
3) Joseph’s Yorkshire accent.
‘Couldn’t ye ha’ said soa, at onst? un’ then, I mud ha’ telled ye, baht all this wark, that that’s just one ye cannut see–he allas keeps it locked, un’ nob’dy iver mells on’t but hisseln.’
4) All the incest. Other reviews note it as ‘subtle hints of incest’. I beg to differ. It is in your face. Cousins falling in love with cousins.Then again, maybe the fact that the world population back then was 1 billion plays a part.
Scariest part: Walking through Heathcliff’s mental torture of the woman he loved haunting him.
My favourite quotes:
You shouldn’t lie till ten. There’s the very prime of the morning gone long before that time. A person who has not done one-half his day’s work by ten o’clock, runs a chance of leaving the other half undone.
Nelly Dean p60
Why not 5? WHAT THE HECK WERE YOU SAYING, JOSEPH?
What can I say about Wuthering Heights?
It’s a twisted story of a man who would go to great lengths for both love and hate.
I first was tempted to read this book when Stephanie Meyer mentioned it in her Twilight book. Yes, it’s true, my delicate eyes have grazed across that pathetic excuse of a published literary novel. About 7 times.
I love how easily available this classic is. You can download the E-book for free everywhere.
Read SparkNotes Analysis on this book.
You lost me at Wuther…
On a side note: Mummy. Why?
Thinking of: Unquestionable doubts, Heathcliff, how Avatar: Last Air Bender is the best cartoon series ever written, Wanting’s Drenched , Ke$ha’s Die Young, cute little monks named Aang and asediasedoasedigadigado.