Book: Wuthering Heights

Author: Emily Bronte

Rating: 3.5/5

Wuthering Heights-Emily Bronte

I started the book very suspiciously indeed and had my doubts whether the book would prove to be an interesting read. My doubts were vanquished within a span of first few pages. It’s a strangely captivating book and will keep you hooked right till the end. The book is quite passionate and delves deep within human eccentricities and behaviors. The central character is Heathcliff whose portrayal is that of a rustic, rough man who metamorphoses into a villain through a life full of sorrow and deprivation.


Heathcliff, a homeless child, is picked up by a rich man and introduced to a home. However he is not accepted by the man's son as one of the family members. The endless toil in farms and hate received from his new master (after his godfather dies) leads Heathcliff to seclusion and hatred towards one and all. He develops feeling of revenge towards the master and swears to get back at him when the time comes. In this life of hate and physical agonies, Heathcliff finds love in Catherine (his master's sister). Heathcliff and Catherine match each other in wildness and passion.


However when Catherine marries another rich guy in the neighborhood because of her social disparity with Heathcliff, would degrade her, he goes away from the house and returns after few years with money in his pockets and a burning desire to take Catherine back.  But the subsequent death of the woman of his dreams turns Heathcliff into a vengeful being. Heathcliff now has only one aim in life, which is to destroy his master's family and Catherine's in laws' family and take control of both the houses. The rest of the book unveils his plans and how he torments every single person related to these families.

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Social/Historical context:

To be very frank, I am not very well versed with the social/historical state of England and its moors in early 1800s. However the book does tell about the life in those times which was primarily dependent on agriculture and cattle. There were very few rich and powerful families in a given geographical area that used to command respect in the area. Religious prayers and visit to church is shown as a ritual not to be missed and emphasized upon.

Writing Style:

The book is a masterpiece and binds the reader. If you want to read something very intense and vivid you should go for it. The author has balanced the book in a very nice way in which she does not allow the reader to feel the sorrow/pain of its central character, rather one feels the various beautiful parts equally powerfully as it feels the intensity. Just start the book, it will be finished automatically.

My Thoughts:

The book is a masterpiece and binds the reader. If you want to read something very intense and vivid you should go for it. The author has balanced the book in a very nice way in which she does not allow the reader to feel the sorrow/pain of its central character, rather one feels the various beautiful parts equally powerfully as it feels the intensity. Just start the book, it will be finished automatically.

Book Reviewed by Manish Kumar

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