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review 2018-02-09 17:43
I'm sure I would prefer the movie
Wuthering Heights - Richard J. Dunn,Emily Brontë

A tale of revenge, envy, pride, love denied, family strife, with an orphan in it? This should be my jam! Alas, it was not.

 

This was a weird read for me. I kept trying to figure out why it was such a slog. I usually love to read about people I love to hate, and almost every character qualifies. Instead I hoped Lockwood and Nelly would just have sex already so they'd shut up. (Also, I'm sure I cheated in high school. I definitely did not read this on the dates I've scribbled in the front cover. Bad Ella!)

 

I do admire the twisted way Emily Brontë told this tale. It's a complex way to get a story out and very smart. While this is clearly brilliant writing, I just didn't fancy it. It's a bit like some Bach -- I can appreciate the technical skill and accomplishment, but I just don't enjoy listening to it.

 

I never know how to award stars in this situation? It's not really a matter of I liked it versus I didn't. There's an added dimension that demands a few stars... Anyway, I'm glad I finally forced myself to finish the last 18 pages. At least it's over, and I can now say I've read it. I do wonder why I had the idea that this was a romantic story, and I'm sure I would have liked it less if it was. I can't honestly figure out why I disliked it, but I did.

 

(This is one where I'm almost positive I would prefer the movie.)

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review 2015-09-20 00:00
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights - Richard J. Dunn,Emily Brontë Third or fourth rereading. For some reason, this book strikes me as more violent each time I read it. I don't think I want to attempt it again for a decade. Or two.
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review 2015-05-11 00:00
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights - Richard J. Dunn,Emily Brontë ahhh I still remember how annoyed I was with the grumpy man. I felt no sympathy for him whatsoever and wanted it to be over asap.
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review 2014-09-13 11:44
This book is not a love story!!
Wuthering Heights - Richard J. Dunn,Emily Brontë

This book is about obsession, resentment, and revenge but definitely not about love that’s for sure. I never once felt as if I were reading a great love story. Never! I would say it’s about two insufferable people and their childish obsession that is all. 

For me the major letdown was the narration. Narrated by housekeeper - Ellen this sounded like a half said story because the narration is only about what Ellen sees as a spectator and what she thinks about Heathcliff or Cathy or any other character for that matter but not about how they actually feel. Well, the story was quite misleading if you take it in that way. Apart from this the narration fluctuates between Lockwood and Ellen, which again is a bit confusing.
About the characters the less said the better. (Keeping aside our narrator Ellen because i don’t know what to make of her) Apart from Cathy 2 I didn’t find any of them tolerable, they were all either immature or irrational creatures. 

The only thing for which I gave .5 extra star was for the ending for 2 reasons 1) Death of Heathcliff huh! finally, and 2) A positive hope on Cathy 2 and Hareton’s relation.

As I observed unlike other classics I found this book a bit fast paced. May be because of the narrative style, which was quite different, direct, and to the point without much description. On the whole it was definitely readable as I never once felt like closing the book out of boredom.

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review 2014-08-10 01:54
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Wuthering Heights - Richard J. Dunn,Emily Brontë

I'm so on the fence about Wuthering Heights. On one hand I loved the writing and the story, but on the other hand the story moved so slowly that I read it over a span of half a year. There was nothing that gripped me or made me continue, it's only because I've got such an expensive edition that I felt like I had to finish it.

The narrative technique in Wuthering Heights is interesting. In present day we have a conversation between the new inhabitant of the house and the housekeeper. The housekeeper tells the history of the house and the families that have occupied it. Near the end the story returns to the present day, which wraps up all story lines.

I hate Heathcliff. He didn't have a great childhood, but that didn't account at all for the cruel and terrible person he grew up to be. Some things he did were inexcusable to me, and I'm having a hard time to imagine how people can find him attractive. He's not a tortured hero, he's a villain with no redeeming qualities. Loving someone is not a redeeming quality. Just because a serial killer spoils his dog doesn't make him a good person - neither does Heathcliff's obsession with Cathy excuse anything he did. 

For me Wuthering Heights is not a story of love, but a story of destruction. It's the tale of how two families become bonded in jealousy and hate, and destroy each other from the inside out. That being said, I loved how it ended on a positive note. After so much tragedy I could use some positivity.

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