Don’t worry read-along friends. My review will not appear until 29th April this month.
Once you read the novel, it is easy to know what it is about the novel that captivates readers throughout the centuries. It is written like a thriller, with consummate passion and hatred. The story opens with the confusing relations between inhabitants of Wuthering Heights. They all have different surnames, yet seems to be related with each other while living in the same roof. The story is poised to be scandalous.
Once I caught on with the tension of the characters and suspense, there is nothing much to do except to keep turning the pages…..
My first impression wasn’t like that though.
I thought it was about two people who are very much in love with each other but knew that death was soon to befall on one of them thus cause them to be asunder.
Man, was I so wrong. There were a lot of hatred in this one. The strong bond and love between Catherine and Heathcliff (besides the one paragraph utter by Catherine, see amber fonts) has to be implied and felt out of the context of so much animosity in the story to appreciate that Heathcliff actually rather be in hell with Catherine than looking forward to heaven.
It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff, now; so he shall never know how I love him; and that, not because he’s handsome, Nelly, but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same, and Linton’s is as different as moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.’ – Catherine Earnshaw (Page 93)
I was about to attempt to draw myself a lineage chart for the 3 families featured in the novel, but upon googling Wuthering Heights diehards and one literature student has prepared a nice one, so here it is (avert your eyes if you want to read the novel for this contain spoilers):
Another thing that I didn’t expect the entire story to be narrated by a third person, the faithful housekeeper Ellen (or Nelly as she sometimes called) for the benefit of a tenant who came to stay at the heights, Mr. Lockwood.
I also didn’t expect such atrocities and cruelty coming from Heathcliff and for fear of tarnishing the good impression I have of Ralph Fiennes’ acting, I can’t bear to see him acting as the villain in this one.
I find Edgar Linton to be the nicest one in this lot. A breath of fresh air amongst the stale ones.
I won’t say any further for fear to commit more spoilers, but the tragedy is repeated in the next generation and this community that you saw are neighbours and they sort of marry each other, so do their off-springs. I think they should get out more.
(I am reminded by my co-worker that this is the late 18th century, surrounded by Yorkshire moor, they don’t really have a choice!)
Anyway, do read on. It is well written and a page turner.
What is your first impression about Wuthering Heights?