2018 Aug 10
Heathcliff, an orphan, is raised by Mr Earnshaw as one of his own children. Hindley despises him but wild Cathy becomes his constant companion, and he falls deeply in love with her. When she will not marry him, Heathcliff’s terrible vengeance ruins them all – but still his and Cathy’s love will not die . . .
Ah, the classic tale of love and vengeance – Wuthering Heights. Published in 1847, this novel is undoubtedly a classic and has survived the years with numerous publications over time. Yet, how does it hold up when read in the 21st century? And if you’re delving into the classics, is it truly worth reading? The intensity of the story is indescribable, with a signature misunderstanding in the midst of the novel that shapes much of the story (certainly one of the most frustrating parts!) One can’t help but wonder whether the book would have had a worthy story to keep the reader hooked without this misunderstanding element.
For many, Wuthering Heights is, and may become for new readers, a novel they reread at least once a year! Especially if you’re looking for a not-so-cheerful Christmas read. As far as love stories go, Wuthering Heights is as tragic as it gets, yet the writing is certainly interesting enough for the reader to be significantly invested in the characters and their stories, simply itching to find out what happens. The repetition of certain names through generations is an annoying factor – yet one that you can get over if you’re concentrating hard enough! It’s definitely an interesting read, because it’s a story like never before – which may be part of the reason why it survived over time. The relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine is of an entirely unique nature, which is why Wuthering Heights delivers an experience that no other novel has. So, if you’re looking for a classic novel, we’d certainly recommend giving Wuthering Heights a try, but it’s not at the very top of our list!