Sunday, March 8, 2009

wuthering heights


Well! I have just finished reading "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë. It was a strange book to read. The style of the writing was easy enough to read, but strange the way it was written. It was an unusual (for me) storytelling style with little regard for description of event or emotions. You really followed the story as an observer without knowing any intimate knowledge of any of the characters or the actions that took place. For me it meant that I was never too sure how I felt about any of the characters, in fact the way I saw them kept changing continually. The only feeling I had that lasted throughout was the desperate sense of things getting terribly more and more twisted in hopelessness. Although I know that it is a love story, I really felt like the characters were so twisted with ulterior motives, standards and traditions that I really didn't feel like it was a love story at all!! I think I will try and get a movie version of it out from the library to see someone else's vision. That might bring the characters to life more for me. It is a very depressing story isn't it?! I might read it again in the future after I have found out what other people see in the characters and the story.

4 comments:

Toni said...

I've never actually read the book, just seen two movie versions of it -- fascinating but yes, infinitely depressing! The one with Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes was quite good, intense ...

pinkglitterfae said...

I remember reading that in my 20's, it was depressing, but I enjoyed it. I'm certain if I re-read it I wouldn't like it now for all the reasons you mention.
I didn't realize there was a more modern version of the movie out, I will have to check it out.

Renee said...

I am going to check out the movie too.

xoxoxo

Jennifer H said...

I haven't read this since high school, but I'm pretty sure it's still on my shelf. I'll have to try it again. I've been amazed at how different many books seem now than when I read them as a youngster.