Author: Emily Brontë
Synopsis (from the back cover):
Wuthering Heights is the wild, passionate story of intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and, wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries.
This is the first Emily Bronte’s book that I’ve read and I really liked it!
The actual story starts after everything happened so it already kind of tells you the outcome of the story. Mr Lockwood is Heathcliff’s new tenant and upon finding some interesting information at Wuthering Heights, is very curious about what happened there. He hears the story from Mrs Dean (Ellen) who has known Earnshaws since they were little and looked after Catherine her whole life.
I loved the way it was written. Since the story was told from Ellen’s perspective, it got rid of unnecessary thoughts and feelings. It made it easier to read and understand.
I actually found the story indulging and was very curious to keep on reading to find out what exactly happened to the characters and how their lives changed because of it. There was quite a bit of action and drama which made it even more exciting! I like classics but sometimes I’m missing the action so this made up for it.
As for the characters, I absolutely hated Heathcliff. I know he had a rough start and I felt sad for him at first but by the end of the book, I hated him with all of my heart. I think he had so much anger that revenge became the purpose of his life. I adored Edgar Linton and his sister Isabella and felt really bad for them that they got mixed up with Catherine and Heathcliff. I also liked little Hareton (Hindley’s son) and felt incredibly sad when Ellen was taken away from him at such a young age. He didn’t have a chance to be educated and silly Catherine (Catherine and Edgar’s daughter) made fun of him which made me so mad!
I was so glad to see a happy ending. Everything finally fell into place and once Heathcliff was out of their lives, Catherine and Hareton could finally be happy. I LOVED that Catherine started educating Hareton after making up with him. You could clearly see the character’s personal development and progress which made the ending even better.