Wutherine Heights: A book review (part 1)

 Wuthering Heights review (Part 1!)

Hello, readers of my bookish blog. This is a review of one of the most controversial novels since its first publication in 1847. This is the first post after a long time off my blog and I’m very thankful to my dear friend Katerina for taking the time to assist me with this project, to write about this beloved story.


Wuthering Heights, written by Emily Brondë, describes the tragic love story between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. Why do we still find it so interesting, nearly three centuries after its publication? Well, we attribute that to the complexity of its characters, and the rareness of its setting in the remote, dark, gloomy, agitating Yorkshire Moors (northern England, 19th century). Not to mention the controversial, ahead-of-time themes that Emily Brondë dared to approach, hypocrisy, selfishness, manipulation, violence and her confusing way of introducing the story to the reader. No narrator is to trust and the reader is expected to detect that.

The main male character and love interest, Heathcliff, is very unlikable. His raw, cruel behaviour motivated by revenge and the wilderness of his character shape a romantic yet Byronic hero. Deeply flawed, cunny, arrogant, intelligent, full of physical and emotional trauma. On the other hand, we have Catherine, an also arrogant, cunning and vindictive person, but willful, wild, passionate and occasionally spoiled. So what is that drew us so much to truly unlikeable, problematic characters? Mostly the flawed background of those characters and the crucial question that constantly comes back to the mind while reading the book, what makes people evil?

My friend Katerina said: I would like to thank Yiorgos for his invitation to join him on today’s piece about one of my all-time favourite books and hopefully we will cooperate again soon.



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