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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
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May 14, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: read-in-2010

I stopped at page 42. I couldn't stand the writing. Not only was it difficult to decipher -- call me dumb if you must -- but sentences, even paragraphs, that could have been summed-up with a few words were expounded upon pompously for pages. This is a shame, because I love dark love stories -- and that, along with what I had heard about this novel's strong character development, and its generally strong reputation -- made me think I'd love it.

But I can't take anymore of the prose, and I'm too bored with ADD, and too distracted with lack of patience to continue.

Just can't do it....

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Reading Progress

May 14, 2010 – Shelved
July 7, 2010 – Started Reading
July 11, 2010 – Finished Reading
July 12, 2010 – Shelved as: read-in-2010

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message 51: by Ben (new) - rated it 1 star

Ben Yes, you're one of the ones I blame for my purchase ; )

karen well, i would feel apologetic, but page 42?? nope - your fault there! of course, when you check your mail, you have only me to blame for that...

message 53: by Alan (new) - rated it 2 stars

Alan as I've said before WH has too many dogs in it.

karen they recognized this themselves and tried to get rid of a couple of them!

message 55: by Kim (last edited Jul 14, 2010 07:09AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kim Elizabeth wrote: "I'm pretty convinced Emily was a total loony who spent a lot of time wandering the moors, howling at the moon while dancing naked, and cutting herself (or whatever the 19th century equivalents of these activities would be)."


Ben, I can't believe you're such a quitter!

(I'm late in the game, again... sorry)

message 56: by Greenelander (new)

Greenelander Ben, you're not dumb. Emily's from a bit of a different planet, is all---she was the weirdest and most intense of the three Bronte sisters.

As for the language, imagine poor reclusive Emily herself trying to make sense of a convo in txt-msg: that's the size of the divide that separates our modern idiom from her convoluted and often overwrought prose.

Here's the thing: WH is clearly not right for you, right now. It's not speaking to you. But give it a decade or two, and you may find that it opens a whole new world. I only say this because the very same thing happened to me at 17 with Tess of the D'Urbervilles, which I went on to devour, along with every other Hardy, in my thirties.

Moral of story: A book will tell you loud and clear if, and when, it's for you. And that's exactly how it should be.

message 57: by Greenelander (new)

Greenelander Moral PS: always give a book a second chance, preferably in another ten years or so.

karen hardy!!!!

message 59: by Greenelander (new)

Greenelander karen wrote: "hardy!!!!"

....ROCKS! :D

karen wait, caris, what? you had better not be saying that hardy is dumb because i will come whip you with that friendship bracelet.

message 61: by Kim (new) - rated it 4 stars


I love me some Hardy...

karen i hate animals in clothes, but i might need to make an exception there...

message 63: by Kim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kim I know, right. Hardy rulz.

karen i'm on team jude!

message 65: by Kim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kim Me too!

karen oh, right. i did read the review. and if he had read the whole book and hadn't liked it i would totally have voted, but i do not vote for quitters.

i do not.

oh, except ellen's but that was different.

message 67: by Ben (new) - rated it 1 star

Ben Caris is the only who listens.

karen poor ben.

message 69: by Kim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kim karen distracted me.

message 70: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Matteson Oh, thank you! I almost felt like an idiot for not understanding what the heck was going on--I had quit when (I don't even know who) went to the Jabez sermon. I had no idea who was telling the story, couldn't understand the accents, and really didn't see the point. As much as I wanted to love it, as I did JE, that's as far as I got.

message 71: by Ben (new) - rated it 1 star

Ben Barbara, I can read Nietzsche and Doestovesky till the cows come home, but I could not read this.

message 72: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Matteson Ben, Thanks!! haha. Just because it's old doesn't mean it's good! Thanks again!

message 73: by Kara (new) - rated it 5 stars

Kara It's a bit unfair to bash a book you didn't actually read. This book needs a little patience, and you have to understand that the setting of the story very heavily influences its prose. The characters are truely amazing, but you have to give it some time to develop. Not everybody is interested in 'summarizing' things in a few words. The purpose of the prose is to create atmosphere and tone. Classics are classics for a reason, and they should be given the care and attention they deserve. If that sort of writing doesn't appeal to you, don't read it. But don't trash an amazing book because you lack patience.

Kelly Your very right about the paragraphs being long and ongoing, but you have to understand that was the style of writing in that time period. Today, for us in our world want everything to be short and the point because we can understand with not so many words. In their world, it seems proper to use more words to get their point across when we see the extra explanations and words as unnecessary. You should really try again on reading this book because it is really really really great! I do admit, this book was easier to read than Pride & Prejudice, I still could not finish that book because there is so much in the beginning that wasn't necessary and it just dragged on because I was hoping to get to the good part soon (I love the movie with kiera knightly in it and can watch it a million times! So I already know the storyline)

M'diya Same here. Even when I was on the last 20 pages, I just felt like throwing the book out the window but, I just wanted to see what the world is crazy about.

message 76: by Shona (new) - rated it 1 star

Shona I'm glad I'm not the only one who couldn't read til the end.

message 77: by Sherrie (new) - added it

Sherrie Bain It's not you... I've read all kinds of classic novels and I only made it to page 62 in this one.

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