Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

"You teach me now how cruel you've been — cruel and false. Why did you despise me? Why did you betray your own heart, Cathy? I have not one word of comfort. You deserve this. You have killed yourself. Yes, you may kiss me, and cry; and wring out my kisses and tears: they'll blight you — they'll damn you. You loved me — then what right had you to leave me? What right — answer me — for the poor fancy you felt for Linton? Because misery, and degradation, and death, and nothing God or Satan could inflict would have parted us, you, of your own will, did it. I have not broken your heart — you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine. So much the worse for me, that I am strong. Do I want to live? What kind of living will it be when you——oh, God! would you like to live with your soul in the grave?"

"Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living! You said I killed you — haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe — I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always — take any form — drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!

These two quotes are just a little taste of what passions fill the pages of Wuthering Heights. My first attempt to reading this book did not go as well as planned. I had a hard time understanding everything in it. I had to have my laptop open to Websters Dictionary website so I could look up words and phrases. I even had to decipher dialect. It was not easy but I was determine to read this book. The first time I read it, it was trial and error. The second time it was like, OK I'm getting it now. The third time is when it hit me..the full passions and understanding of what I was reading. It was totally worth the struggle. This is one of my all time favorites. It's hard to get this kind of passion from other books. If you want to challenge yourself with this all time classic I recommend you get the Barnes & Noble Classic copy because it offers readers with viewpoints, chronologies, commentaries and note to help you understand the time period, phrases even some words.

Rating- 5

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