06.08 Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
June 2008 Meeting

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  1. belperbookchat

     /  August 28, 2008

    I had not actually read this book, probably because the Kate Bush song and Olivier’s portrayal of Heathcliffe made it seem a cliche of sorts. I was aware, however that it was a greatly admired novel and having finally read it, I can see why. This book really got under my skin and had me thinking about it for some time afterwards. The cruelty at the core of the book is disturbing. This novel can be understood and projected upon at many levels, but I feel it is primarily about class and gender ; Heathcliffe and Cathy are suffering soulmates and have an inextricable bond around their respective class and gender oppression.

  2. helenabbc

     /  August 27, 2008

    Although not a regular attendee at BBC at Michelle’s suggestion I have begun reading this book. I will comment more once I have got to the end. One thing has already struck me; echoes of the harshness of the landscape can also be found in some of some of Ted Hughes poetry …

  3. michelebbc

     /  August 25, 2008

    Why people think this is a love story is beyond me! The misrepresentative screen adaptations probably, that only cover the first 1/3 of the book. To me it is a book about jealousy, hatred and revenge. Very disturbing in places and with great insight into human nature. If you haven’t read it and think you know the story from a film please try it…


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