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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
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Oct 13, 2009

it was ok
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Read from May 08 to 23, 2010 — I own a copy

Way-back-a-while the emerging middle classes, rich with the self-loathing that comes from having too much time on their hands and the attendant guilt of enjoying comforts earnt sitting on their arses at the expense of a labouring poor, decided that the novel should evolve into an instrument for injecting their jaded existences with a case of the restorative collywobbles. Thanks to which the world ended up saddled with the lesser Bronte's invidious intellectual equivalent of a rape fantasy and ever since girls - and a good few boys - of a certain disposition {although rarely the consumptive one they would have wished for} have had a roll-call of role-models, the bad-boys and ghost-girls, with which to populate their self-abuse. Tiresome for the rest of us.
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12/08/2009 page 8
05/28/2010 page 21
5.05% "they's good books eneugh if ye'll read 'em; sit ye dahn, and think uh yer souls!" 1 comment
06/02/2010 page 95
22.84% "...and it ended when circumstances caused each to feel that the one's interest was not chief consideration in the other's thoughts."
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Bettie☯ It all makes sense if one reads it from the du Marier perspective, being that Bram wrote the greater part of Wuthering. Looking at it that way it becomes a hypnotic story.

message 2: by Bettie☯ (last edited May 10, 2010 10:37AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Bettie☯ The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte is a dry but compulsive read if for no other reason than to get a grip on Daphne's very own ocd symptoms. WH is, in Daphne's eyes, an example of writing collusion between brother and sister in furtherance of their childhood stories.

Its differing POVs can draw you in......

Bettie☯ Moxysox wrote: "Inter-library loan. Then I'll know everything! He-he-he-he-he-he etc.

Thanx for the fax abart da berk!


I am thinking about creating a 'doo-lally' shelf for items such as this!

Bettie☯ too full of themselves

That's a clever observation, young Moxysox. I have noticed that they can be construed as plot spoilers too.

*shrugs* - Hey Ho and on we go.

Life is fun.

Cemre You know Heathcliff was dirt poor, right? Also, only person who was (possibily) raped in this book was Isabella and heck it wasn't romanticized.

Cemre Is there a case of a rapist defending himself by citing Wuthering Heights ? The girls who are dreaming about Heathcliff are generally the ones who have never read this book. Sometimes people think that they've read a classic novel whereas in reality they haven't and Wuthering Heights seems to be one of the main targets of that unfortunate effect.

message 7: by Lazarus (last edited Dec 22, 2014 03:27AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lazarus P Badpenny Esq Cemre wrote: "You know Heathcliff was dirt poor, right? Also, only person who was (possibily) raped in this book was Isabella and heck it wasn't romanticized."

You have a point - but Heathcliff didn't write this book, a Brontë did. Language may speak only of itself and all stories are really autobiographies. They are also cultural products in the sense Raymond Williams suggested. Brontë cannot know poverty, only the prejudices of her class towards the poor and their situation (read: Irish/Black/itinerent/malefaction/evil etc). Heathcliff is like all products of bourgeois objectification - he 'exists' not in himself but only for his effects. His is a selfish, and self-obsessed creation.

And if Isabella's abuse wasn't 'romanticized' it was certainly Romanticized. The violence of life is not questioned - there is no dissident reading in Brontë - but rather it is shown to be as naturalized as the weather. It exists for our entertainment (just as it was written originally to entertain the siblings). And whether a woman is the subject of domestic violence is reduced to the question of if she has met the 'right' man. The women are denied agency and everything is resolved with a marriage.

Cemre What a smug review.

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