13.10.11

thoughts..



so I have finally got around to reading Wuthering Heights, something I'd been wanting to do since finishing and enjoying Jane Eyre so much. It's one of theses books you've heard so much about and kind of feel you know what your going to get - romantic story - Heathcliff and Catherine - moors - wildness etc..  but I'm 3/4 of the way through and really struggling.. I don't really like any of the characters.. am I meant to..? Why do people love this book so much - is it all in the ending..?

what are other peoples thoughts on this - I will finish it and keep going just to tick it off the list I'm just intrigued..

9 comments:

  1. I did exactly the same thing! Read Jane Eyre - absolutely loved it (probably one of my favs), then proceeded with Wuthering Heights and was a bit like 'i don't get it'?... I wouldn't get your hopes up for the ending either (in my opinion!) But I guess the writing is pretty amazing and the characters being very in depth and complicated, that is all I can think of as to why people love it so much.

    I watched the ITV drama of it and thought it was pretty good and helped me to try and grasp the book a bit better! :)

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  2. You definitely aren't the only one. I never was able to truly identify with any of the characters, let alone like them. I did finish the book, but only after a bit of struggling through it like you.

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  3. The book is one of my favourites of all time, although I can see why you would struggle with the characters, aside from Healthcliff who is an incredibly uncompromising and brave portrayl, I don't find the characters that engaging. I think what I love about it is the way that Emily writes tone, the gothic-ness and the way the moors are a character in their own right. It's the antidote to the Victorian and even Georgian novels of manners, even Jane Austen as brilliant as she is. Wurthering Heights has guts, it's an uncomfortable difficult read.

    Perhaps read it, take in the 'story' then forget that (which to be honest I do, and I've read it many times) and let Wuthering Heights itself and the moors be what you take away. That's never left me.

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  4. I studied it at school which gave it much more depth and meaning for me - but it is a tough read and the characters definitely aren't likeable, I still love it though, I just couldn't tell you exactly why lol.

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  5. Hey - pleased to hear there others out there like me..

    Cathy I loved your comment - your words defiantly made me enjoy the end a lot more - you do forget that it's written so long ago as the writing, characters and story line are nothing that you've read about before.

    I enjoyed the end and I may in time try it again as I'm still intrigued by it - but for now I'm done!

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  6. I read it awhile back and completely see where you are coming from. It is a really good book, beautifully written, but I was expecting it to be one of the greatest love stories and was left wandering where all the promised love was. Kate Bush mislead me..! x

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  7. I wasn't a fan of Wuthering Heights either - I didn't get the love story aspect at all. If you haven't already read Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier then you may enjoy this - so atmospheric. A true classic.

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  8. I LOVED Rebecca - ohhhh but I haven't read it in ages and can't remember exactly why! it's a good one to dust off and re read.. thanks for reminding me Starryeyed!

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  9. Yep, I don't love Wuthering Heights either despite reading it several times, it's because of the characters. I know you can't really compare it against Jane Eyre because a different sister wrote it but they often do get compared. I love one and hate the other.
    I'm like that with George Eliot too - LOVED Silas Marner but detested Mill on the Floss.
    I do also agree and love what Cathy said, I think she's right and it's a great way to look at it and find an appreciation for it - so thanks Cathy for pointing that out!

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