More Abridged Classics

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

So to be honest, I took a couple days to think about how I wanted to write this review. This was one of those books that I couldn’t decide if I liked it or hated it. I’ve decided that for literary reasons, I’m going to like it. The story line is absolutely brilliant. It is not predictable at all, which was a fantastic change. Also, it was not told in first person from any of the main characters – it was told from the perspective of the housekeeper as she was relying the history to her new employer, which made it more interesting. This was also done extremely well. You were pulled into the story, but when it bounced back to the present day, it wasn’t jarring or disconcerting; it flowed really well. I do believe she chose some of the hardest emotions to portray and did it with such technique and skill that you felt for every character. Some you loved, some you hated, some you pitied, some you resented, and some you celebrated. I cannot say it is a happy book, because it is not. Heathcliff reminded me of an obsessive stalker, as well as an abuser, and Catherine (the first one) was a terribly selfish, self-absorbed person. However, you can see the author’s study of human behavior and interaction in the realistic way the characters interacted in the book. Each had a distinct personality and was developed well. You end up pitying Heathcliff, but throughout the book you really hate him. I did love the way the book ended. I would recommend the book to anyone who likes classics or can appreciate the book for the literary quality it holds.

My rating:

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