by Emily Brontë
"In this classic romance, Heathcliff, a young destitute boy, is brought to the home of Mr. Earnshaw, on the Yorkshire moors. As Heathcliff grows, and slowly falls in love with Mr. Earnshaw's daughter, Catherine, he begins a series of events that will have implications for generations to come." (From the CD container)
Here are my honest initial reactions: The writing is absolutely gorgeous and kept me going long after I decided I despised every person in this book. The whole lot of them are a study in the worst kind of dysfunction. Heathcliff is an unhinged ass, and why this character is ever loved and described as a hero is beyond my comprehension, Catherine embodies everything I abhor in spoiled, self-centered women, and their children elicited no more sympathy in me than did their parents. As a good friend said the other day, I need at least one character I can cheer for in order for me to really like a book. There were none here.
Now that I got that out of my system . . . :-) I listened to Wuthering Heights at this time because it was available at the library, and I thought to get a jump on some of the reading for my Teaching Company course. It is probably at least a month or two in the future, but I can't wait to get to the section on this book! I'm curious to see how my opinion is molded by a good lecture on its merits. I can feel in my bones that it will be, because while I couldn't stand any of the characters, I was still enthralled with the story. Why is that? I wonder if I should listen to the lectures out of order. . . . No. I'll mull it over on my own for a while.
In the meantime, have you read Wuthering Heights? What was your gut reaction to it?
NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)
Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!