Wuthering Heights Wednesday, Fade to Black

June 16, 2010

Wuthering Heights Wednesday is a read-a-long hosted by Fizzy Thoughts.

This week, we’ve read up until the end of chapter 34 … aka the end of the book.

Just like the rest of the book, this just really didn’t do it for me. Catherine II actually started to be a little likeable again, but that was about it. Heathcliff just got … weird. I rather liked how the three of them (Catherine I, Edgar, and Heathcliff) ended up buried with each other and how it scandalized the town, though. It’s kind of fun to think of them haunting the moors. But other than that, the ending just seemed contrived and strung together without any continuity with the rest of the book.

And now, for the official review …

Book cover for "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte.Title: Wuthering Heights

Author: Emily Bronte

Publication Year: 2006

Pages: 322

Genre: Fiction

Source: Purchased from Chapters.ca

From the cover:

There are few more convincing, less sentimental accounts of passionate love than Wuthering Heights. This is the story of the savage, tormented foundling Heathcliff, who falls wildly in love with Catherine Earnshaw, the daughter of his benefactor, and of the violence and misery that result from their thwarted longing for each other. A book of immense power and strength, it is filled with the raw beauty of the moors and an uncanny understanding of the terrible truths about men and women. It is an understanding made even more extraordinary by the fact that it came from the heart of a frail, inexperienced girl who lived out her lonely life in the wildness of the moors. Emily Bronte died a year after this great novel was published.

In case you weren’t following along before, this is the last in a series of posts about Wuthering Heights. You can read my earlier thoughts on the book as I was reading along at the posts for Wuthering Heights Wednesday take one, two, three, four, and five.

Basically, I didn’t like this book almost at all. None of the characters were even nice, never mind sympathetic, and everything just seemed overly contrived most of the time. I can sort of see why it’s considered a classic in terms of its portrayal of the absolute lows that people will go in response to being denied the object of their affections, but just … wow. This is definitely not a book that I could see myself wanting to re-read, nor to recommend to anyone who wants to read something that isn’t depressing.

I’m vaguely amused, though, by the thought of the multitudes of teenagers (and adults!) who will end up reading this book expecting it to be a “great love story” because of it being billed as Bella and Edward’s favourite book. <grin>

5 Comments

  • JoAnn June 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    The ‘happy’ ending didn’t really work for me either, although I did love the last line! Overall this book was not at all what I was expecting. I liked it more than you did, but can’t see myself ever reading it again (or recommending it). The read-along experience was the best!

  • zibilee June 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I read this a couple of years ago and had a hard time with it as well. All the emotional angst, all the codependency and control issues…it was very bleak. I am not sure how I felt about it in the end, and it’s a classic for a reason, but I just had a hard time wrapping my head around the characters and their weirdness. I have never read anything quite like it before!

  • Whitney June 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    These poor teens who open Wuthering Heights due to Twilight. They are in for a disappointment compared to how it’s portrayed in Meyer’s series.

  • Trish June 17, 2010 at 9:08 am

    A friend made a point to me yesterday that I wondered about–she said that it seems that those who read this in high school tend to have a more positive recollection of the novel than those who read it as an adult. I’m not sure if this is true or not but I first read it in high school and loved it. I thought it was awful this time around but I was still captivated by the obsession and passion between Catherine and Heathcliff. Maddening though it is–there’s just something about it.

    Hope you’ll join us for Brothers K! Hopefully it will be a less depressing/wretched read. 🙂

  • Lisa July 13, 2010 at 12:26 am

    I feel behind and just finally got around to finishing this! I’ve read it twice before but thought maybe I would understand why it’s supposed to be such a great love story now that I’m older. Not so much!

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