A literary classic, Emily Brönte constructs a rich, haunting narrative lush with scandal. Wuthering Heights follows the story of the Earnshaw family, mostly the story of Catherine Earnshaw and the family’s adopted son Heathcliff, who’s shared love is as great and terrible as the two are as people. Brönte’s writing is haunting and fresh despite the book’s age, and the characters are as vivid as they are horrible and tragic. The story challenged Victorian society’s view of religion and morality, and today still holds up in all its bitter, spellbinding glory. It is all at once unassuming and all-encompassing, and it lives on, deserving of its status as a literary classic. Emily may have been the least published of the Brönte sisters, but she is nowhere near the least creative— the tale seems to dance off the page.
@greencrushed of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Dramatic English Moor-lands characterized by barren, isolated and windswept rolling hills, provide the setting for Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Due to infertile grounds that lack sustenance for anything tall to grow, blustery and tempestuous weather frequent the moors. The plot of Wuthering Heights mirrors this weather and is surely no less turbulent. Two lovers, Catherine, and Heathcliff navigate their passionate and more often than not, ugly, relationship. Their love is powerful and raw. The nature of Catherine, Heathcliff, and those who surround them are laid bare as fondness transforms into obsession, care morphs into selfishness, and forgiveness distorts into vengeance. Though published more than a century and a half ago, Bronte’s words and characters are far more complex and bewitching than those of modern romantic texts. Whilst reading the book, I was transported to a dark and bleak land where the definition of love no longer includes kindness, but something far more intriguing and monstrous. For those who are not faint of heart, Wuthering heights is an absolute must read.
@ReadingGOAT of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library