Saturday, April 16, 2011

Book Review: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights (Signet Classics)ISBN:  0451529251
Release date:  March 2nd 2004 (First published in 1847)
Publisher:  Signet Classics
Read from January 5th to April 12th, 2011
Synopsis from Goodreads:
"Wuthering Heights", Emily Bronte's only novel, is one of the pinnacles of 19th-century English literature. It's the story of Heathcliff, an orphan who falls in love with a girl above his class, loses her, and devotes the rest of his life to wreaking revenge on her family.

At the beginning of the semester, my English 11 Honors teacher told us that we were going to be doing SSR (silent sustained reading) througout the semester.  Since we were honors students, he wanted us to read what he calls "smart people books."  I chose Wuthering Heights because I'd been interested in reading it for a while.  (Mainly because it's talked about in Twilight, which might sound kind of stupid, but it's true.)

I really enjoyed the book.  It's so weird because I hated a large portion of the characters, yet I also kind of liked them and enjoyed reading about them.  It doesn't even make sense to me, but it's true.  There's something about how the characters are written that makes you root for them even when they're doing horrible things (especially Heathcliff).

This definitely isn't the happiest book, so if you want something cheery to read, I wouldn't recommend Wuthering Heights.  However, if you want to read a book that doesn't have an incredibly happy ending, you should read this book.  (I wouldn't say it's a depressing ending either, but it's definitely not an ending that makes you feel all warm inside or anything.  At least, not for me.)

I think this is a wonderful book, and I'd definitely recommend it.

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