Wuthering Heights (and why you all should read it!)

I usually try my best to avoid talking about my favourite books... my writing becomes confused, I often feel I can't do the book justice, and most of all, thinking of the novel often makes me burst into tears – I hope you know what I mean here! On this occasion though, I'm going to attempt to write about one of my favourites (so brace yourselves)...


If the covers above and the title of this post aren't a clear enough indication, then Wuthering Heights is the novel I am talking about: Emily Brontë's wild and passionate masterpiece... and believe me, I don't use the term "masterpiece" lightly. Normally people can't understand this, but even thinking about this book evokes strong feelings within me, and causes my eyes to well up; each time I re-read the final paragraph, or any of Cathy's speeches about Heathcliff, I burst into tears.
"I lingered round them, under that benign sky: watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells, listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass, and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth."
I cannot comprehend how beautiful, albeit brutal, this novel is – I simply can't! These two characters are not simply in love, no, that's too light, too fluffy, too romantic...  the connection between these two characters is more than that. As a reader you begin to understand that their love is just necessary, in the immortal words of Cathy: “He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

But I'm not here to analyse the novel – no, I'll save that for another time – but I'm here to make a point. As the title suggests, I genuinely want to persuade at least one person to pick up this classic; it's gorgeously gothic, the moors being the being the perfect setting for such a grim love story; the romantic love interest is so brutal and unorthodox, at one point described as "only half a man"; and it's a classic that is a classic for a reason: it makes the reader feel something. I don't know what else I can do now other than bombard you with quotations!
“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, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you--haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe--I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always--take any form--drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”

“I gave him my heart, and he took and pinched it to death; and flung it back to me. People feel with their hearts, Ellen, and since he has destroyed mine, I have not power to feel for him.”

“My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Healthcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.” 
Perhaps the idea of reading such a famous classic is daunting, but believe me when I say it's definitely one you can't miss out on. You simply just can't. Note: on another topic, I'm receiving the shortlist of the Man Booker prize for review and I'm ecstatic... they all sound brilliant!

27 comments:

  1. I've had this book on my Kindle for ages, definitely planning on reading it soon! :)

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    1. It's incredibly, I read it on my kindle too... managed to highlight over 100 different quotations!

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  2. Wuthering Heights is definitely my favourite classic (although I haven't read that many classics to be fair). I love how beautiful the writing is, it's full to the brim with all these amazing quotes that, as you said, invoke so much feeling! I hope more people do pick this one up, as it's certainly a book that doesn't deserve to be skipped over and ignored.

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    1. I couldn't agree more with you; the writing was definitely stunning! I often found myself pausing in awe of Emily Bronte's prose.

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  3. You actually may have convinced me to try it out. I shy away from most classics, but I love books that evoke feelings and damn, the writing is incredible...

    -P.E. ! The Sirenic Codex

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    1. Yes, the writing is just soooo gorgeous! You've got to give this one a go at some point... :)

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  4. Wuthering Heights is defiently one of my favorite books ever!!! It's just so incredibly dark yet beautiful *sigh*

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  5. This is the first book I read in college and loved it! Will be one of my favorites forever.

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  6. Apparently, I'm going to have to pick a few books from a certain list to read as my independent novel in my AP Lit class. I don't know what's on the list yet, but maybe Wuthering Heights is one of the choices. If it is, then I might just have to make it one of my choices. :)

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    1. If it is, read it!

      If it's not, read it anyway!

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  7. It's one of my favourite books too and I totally agree with what you just said. :)

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  8. I've heard many great things about this book but sadly I still have not picked it. I think I will one day though. I think every passionate reader has to read it at one point.

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    1. Yes, they definitely do. I hope you pick it up in a few years time or something!

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  9. I actually have a copy of Wuthering Heights from the time I decided I wanted to start reading classics - and failed... I don't know why, but I can't seem to bring myself to pick it up. I don't know if I'll like it... :3

    This review has made me reconsider though! ;)

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    1. Awww... :'(

      Maybe wait a couple of years and then try again?

      There will definitely be a day when you fall head over heels in love with this book!

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  10. Wuthering Heights is just amazing. Have you seen any of the old films? I think they're what made me fall in love with it. I DEFINITELY recommend Pride and Prejudice, if you haven't read it yet. That is my favourite romantic classic of all time. Great review Ruby, I'm glad you're making classics appealing to more people :)

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    1. I haven't seen any of the old films, but I definitely need to see the Laurence Olivier one!

      And yes, I have read P&P... absolutely loved it to pieces! Elizabeth Bennet has to be one of my absolute favourite literary characters; I mean, she's just hilarious!

      And thank you, my aim is definitely to make classics seem more appealing/approachable. :)

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  11. Ooh, this isn't at the top of my 'classics' to-read list, but I might bump it up a few because of this post. I know I would probably love it! Great post! :D

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    1. Thank you! You should definitely bump it up. :) I think you'd enjoy The Catcher in the Rye and 1984 even more though! :D

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  12. I love romances and although I'm not much of a classics reader, you've got me. I love the sounds of this and I'll be keeping an open eye out.

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  13. I've always wanted to read that book since hearing about it in twilight, I think. It's just the writing is really complicated and my book had the smallest print ever!
    Glad you enjoyed it. ^_^ x

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    1. Haha small print is always off-putting! This book is definitely worth the effort though!

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  14. Ooh, those covers are gorgeous! The cover of my copy is quite boring and doesn't do justice to the incredible content! Wuthering Heights is one of my favourites. I can only read it in the autumn or winter though, when it's raining and windy, because reading it in sunny weather just doesn't feel right! I think I may be due another re-reading, actually....

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