Children's books have always gotten to me in a way no other genre does. I love them. I love how they reveal simiple truths in a way adult books can't.Children's books have always gotten to me in a way no other genre does. I love them. I love how they reveal simiple truths in a way adult books can't. I love the heroism mentality. I love how creative they are because children's imaginations are so much broader than ours.
But this awesome, well written, little book just blew me out of the water; Madeleine L'Engle is a genius. It really is a children's book, but at the same time it deals with such dark themes they're almost scary. The fantasy/scifi element is also original and cool, and ties in perfectly with the messages of the story.
I'd pretty much recommend this book to anybody, adults and children alike. A child will enjoy it because it's a fun, magical story, but an adult might appreciate even moreso just because it really is so much more more that. ...more
Look, this was a really interesting, terrifying, crazy book and all, but I'm just going to take this opportunity to say that this would have NEVER hapLook, this was a really interesting, terrifying, crazy book and all, but I'm just going to take this opportunity to say that this would have NEVER happened if it had been a bunch of girls on the island. Just sayin'. ...more
I think Wuthering Heights has been profoundly misunderstood. I could be wrong, as I read it four years ago or so, but if I remember the story correctlI think Wuthering Heights has been profoundly misunderstood. I could be wrong, as I read it four years ago or so, but if I remember the story correctly (which I’m sure I do, this book leaves quite an impact) this book is NOT THE EPITOME OF A PERFECT LOVE STORY. It’s like Romeo and Juliet – this book has achieved a legendary status but I think a lot of people have completely missed the point of it.
I’d back away from anyone who says that the love between Heathcliff and Cathy is romantic. In fact, people who claim to have a literary crush on Heathcliff should probably go see a doctor. Characters like Mr. Darcy and Mr. Rochester, cool, I wouldn’t in a million years, but I can understand it, but Heathcliff? What? Their love is absolutely everything that love is not, and I’m pretty sure (although I could be wrong here, it’s happened before) that that was what Bronte was trying to get across. I’m sorry, maybe I’m naive, but if Cathy really believed Heathcliff was her soulmate for crying out loud, I’d think she wouldn’t mind suffering poverty for it. When you start throwing around words like soulmate and such, stupid things like prestige seem pretty petty in comparison. But then again, Cathy is an idiot. And shallow. And possibly insane. Let me repeat for the entire two people who will probably ever read this: this is not a love story, this is insanity. You’ve got a dash a maliciousness, a hint of masochism and a dump of obsession and you’ve got the Crazy Sundae.
Anyways, now that that’s out of the way ...
Despite my absolute loathing of the two main characters, this is actually a pretty good book. Everyone pretty much got with they deserved (except maybe Heathcliff, I think he should’ve gotten a bit more than that, the bastard) and when a book raises this much anger in me, it must mean the author is doing something right. While the first half was a lot more tumultuous and passionate, the second is far more pleasant and enjoyable. It’s really too bad everyone focuses so much on Cathy and Heathcliff because honestly, I thought Emily Bronte actually had a really good message in this book about love, which is a lot of the time missed. Cathy and Heathcliff were horrible, miserable people that never got what they wanted, but Cathy the Second and Hareton had a good, loving relationship and ended up happy. You don’t have to be a thundering lunatic to be considered passionate, you could just be – y’know – nice. Just look up the word love, even in the dictionary if you want – bet you it doesn’t describe Heathcliff and Cathy.
Anyway, while I wouldn’t say this is a pleasant book, it’s a good book. Check it out, for a good laugh at the least.
I give kudos to Nellie, by the way. How she dealt with all this for so long is a miracle. ...more