Wednesday, November 20, 2013

100. Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights
Emily Bronte
Around 400 pages

The Book describes this as a psychotic love story and I think this statement does more justice to the book than I can do in my wordy five paragraphs, although I will, as always, give it a try.

Mr. Lockwood meets his landlord Heathcliff and it doesn't take long for him to get the creeps and realize that there is something seriously wrong with Heathcliff.  Lockwood spends the night and wakes up thinking that a woman is trying to get into his window.  Lockwood is then told the story of Heathcliff and Catherine's romance by the maid.

Catherine and Heathcliff are in love, but Catherine longs for a more refined, proper match rather than Heathcliff, who is an orphan and uneducated.  Will true love conquer a woman's pettiness?  Probably not.

This love story is certainly no fairytale and I think that is why it is considered such a fascinating romance.  Heathcliff is not a gentleman; in fact, he is the opposite of every romantic hero that we have had so far.  Catherine, however, seems to be cut from the same cloth of heroines that we have been seeing lately so it was interesting to watch her fall in love with a man who is no Mr. Weston.

There are times that you just want to shake the characters in frustration but the novel is definitely worth it.  So another brilliant creation from the Bronte sisters.

RATING: *****

Interesting Facts:

Referenced in Mad Men, Friends, Sex and the City, and Bones.

Mixed reception upon its release but is generally praised by modern critics.

Trailer for 1939 review which I actually reviewed on my movie site:

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