Thank you, Lord! My literary nemesis is stomped asunder and I reign supreme!!!! Yes, that's right my literary lads and lasses, I finally won. It took me approximately two weeks to read it, but I DID IT!
So, you're probably wondering, if I endured three failed attempts at reading Wuthering Heights before I completed it this fourth time, what was different this time around? The answer to that is, I haven't the foggiest. Maybe it was just the "right time." Maybe I finally was nosy enough to find out what happens to ole Heathcliff and Cath, or maybe it was the motivation of the Thematic Classic Challenge group.
For those of you who might've heard of Wuthering Heights but haven't had the opportunity, or gumption, to read it, here's a short synopsis.
Everyone is miserable and crazy.
Wait, no. Well, yes, but that wasn't the one I meant to post.
Heathcliff is an orphaned child brought to Wuthering Heights by the owner, Mr. Earnshaw. Heathcliff and the master's daughter, Catherine Earnshaw, become fast friends and later fall in love. The majority of the story is driven by Heathcliff's thirst for revenge after being scorned by Cathy (not a spoiler).
Yes, the "Everyone is miserable and crazy," bit is a fair assessment of this novel, but it really is worth the read in spite of the miserable horribleness. In all honestly, what would a Victorian, gothic, creepy novel be without crazy people?
Aside from the memorable characters and being "in" on the literary allusions I've seen in a zillion other works, this book is wonderfully written. Brontë's writing is often compared to Matryoshka dolls...those Russian goodies that stack and nestle inside each other. The reason being, the narrative is intricately woven by two narrators (Nelly Dean and Mr. Lockwood), in flashbacks and in second and third-hand accounts expressed by those aforementioned narrators. It's all quite intricate, although rarely hard to follow. Emily Brontë had quite the deft hand for storytelling even if her subjects were a bunch of nutters.
I'm glad I read it. I'm glad I endured. I'm glad I gave it one. more. shot. And it marks the first book I've read for Carl's R.I.P. II challenge! I feel so accomplished.
Now reading: A Cook's Tour, by Anthony Bourdain. It's fantastic, and I expect to finish it within the next day or so. Keep an eye out for a review.