Sunday, January 9, 2011

Book #1 - Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights
Emily Bronte

Blurb: "Wuthering Heights", Emily Bronte's only novel, is one of the pinnacles of 19th-century English literature. It's the story of Heathcliff, an orphan who falls in love with a girl above his class, loses her, and devotes the rest of his life to wreaking revenge on her family.  (from Goodreads)

Opening Sentence: "1801 - I have just returned from a visit to my landlord - the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with."

Length: Medium - 370 pages

Notes: My first off of the list for the year!  I wanted to love this book - I really did. I'll admit that it took me a little while to get into it - just because the language is different, and I had to concentrate a lot more than I normally do!  The story was fine, it was the characters that were just so unlikeable.  I don't think there was one character that I felt for or liked in the least bit.  I found them all so negative and complaining and always just wanting what they didn't have.  What a sad way to live life!  I know it's supposed to be a love story, but it's not a very happy love story.  I think that if I liked tortured love stories, I would have liked this better...

Random quote : "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."

Recommend: yes - just because it is a classic.  But don't go into it expecting a grand love story!

Have you read this book? Share your feelings!

1 comment:

Claire said...

I've never read this but have wanted to for your same reasons. I'm reading a book right now called "I, Elizabeth" and it has the same issue with the language...but I'm into it now and want to keep reading.