It’s Friday again and today’s Friday Fiction is a classic tale of tragedy and jealousy, a wind-whipped whirl of injustice, pain and love in unusual places. Bronte’s novel is not exactly comfortable reading but it is mesmerising.
Wuthering Heights is often (and unfortunately) lumped by many into the ‘dusty old texts they made us read at school’ category, however this book is just as vital and gripping today as it ever was. Written by Emily Bronte under the male pseudonym Ellis Bell, Wuthering Heights challenges social and gender inequality with a range of unlikable but strong characters that reflect and rail against different aspects of society.
Even though the characters are challenging, they are engaging and are enjoyable both because of these flaws and their finer characteristics. Heathcliff is dark, brooding and violent hampered by his awkward background and inferiority complex; Catherine is spoilt and arrogant but with a wild spirit and a huge capacity to love; Edgar is cowardly but kind. The characters love and hate in equal measure ensuring you are sucked into the soaring highs and crushing lows of the narrative.
The passion of this Gothic romance is threaded with ambiguous supernatural elements and of course, the dramatic setting of the Yorkshire Moors which adds a rolling, exciting texture to the story.
Despite the cruelty and uncomfortable moments, you cannot help but be drawn into this world, there is an endearing power throughout the novel that cannot be resisted.
Library & Digital Assistant
Friday 01 May 2015
Wuthering Heights is listed as No.13 on The Guardian 100 Best Novels list, find out more at http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/dec/16/emily-bronte-wuthering-heights-100-best
You can also find out more facts about the novel at http://www.penguinclassics.co.uk/books/wuthering-heights/9780141439556/ & http://www.wuthering-heights.co.uk/index.php