My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When Wuthering Heights was originally published in 1847, it was not well received. The depictions of passionate love affairs on the moors, cruelty and hatred were considered to vulgar and too shocking for audiences of the day. Wuthering Heights is now considered a classic of English literature and one of the best novels by a woman writer of the nineteenth century.
There is something outright haunting about the characters of Wuthering Heights. They complement the eerie moor setting entirely. None of the characters is likable really, but there is something about them that hypnotizes the reader. Heathcliff’s passionate love, rage, hatred and unbelievable cruelty, Catherine’s puerile and fickle nature just to name a few.
Wuthering Heights is not a happy love story by any stretch of the imagination. It is dark, yet passionate. It explores both sides of human nature. The characters can love passionately, then hate completely and cruelly.
It is a bit difficult to get into. The opening chapters are very dark and Brontë takes a while to set up the characters, especially with the frame story involving Mr. Lockwood, but if the reader sticks with it, the characters are great, the plot is twisted and the raw emotional language Brontë uses are worth waiting for.
Bottom Line: Wuthering Heights is a must read for English literature lovers and dark romance lovers alike. It’s complex, passionate characters are awful but hypnotizing.