Sunday, February 26, 2012

Wuthering Heights, finis

Finished it. Whew. Read it on my nook.

Slow start. I thought, "Do I really want to read this? It's so dark. Cold, violent, claustrophobic, and depressing. Haunted. The rustic dialect. But it's a classic, I argued with myself. A free download. It's supposed to be good. Just try it again." So I slogged on. What a chore, I told myself. But really, every time I opened the book I got hooked in the first sentence and read til my eyes burned and my spine sunk into the mattress.

The mystery is, why this book? Why a book so old, the author so unlikely in so many ways (google her), why is this book still powerful? The themes are contemporary: abuse, revenge, obsession, and love. The story within a story. The different perspectives. The rich and powerful screwing the weak and innocent. All still compelling and meaningful today. So, maybe read it again. What? You never, well, def! Give it a try. 

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