Dreary weather, a house full of mystery, and enough messed up relationships to support a full practice of therapists. It’s a recipe for classic melodrama, so why didn’t it work?
Title: Wuthering Heights. Author: Emily Bronte. Date of Original Publishing: 1847. Genre: Romance.
Summary: The history of a dysfunctional, passionate family is told through the narrative of a loyal servant and the perspective of an out-of-town visitor.
My Thoughts: I wanted to like this book. I really did. But I just couldn’t get into the story. Characters are held at arm’s length, motives are questionable, and the narrator doesn’t seem trustworthy. The whole thing felt very distant, almost like I was reading a case study for a psychology class – one where each subject was left to their passions, with tragic results. Instead of identifying with characters, I pitied them. I’ll probably give this novel another try in the future, but it will be with some hesitation.
Conclusion: This is no light read: Prepare to second-guess your literature interpretation skills.
If you have a different opinion of Emily Bronte’s novel, please share your thoughts in a comment. Like I said, I really wanted to like this story.