As I mentioned in my last post, that book was such a slog that I took a break from it and re-read an old favorite–Wuthering Heights. I realize this book gets a bad rap, particularly to the extent that it romanticizes Heathcliff despite the fact that he is a terrible person. (For any of you who read the Thursday Next series–I find the references to Heathcliff in those books hilarious). I’m more of a Hareton girl myself, and (my two cents) I do not believe that the reader is intended fall in love with Heathcliff. He is clearly presented as doing terrible things (particularly to Isabella) but there is so much to love about this book even if you acknowledge Heathcliff’s cruelty. For example, I love the descriptions of the moors and the two houses, you really feel like you are there and the setting so informs the characters. From a technical standpoint, I love the narrative structure and the effects it has on how the story can be told and what should be believed (Nelly clearly tries to get herself off the hook in many instances). I also like that all of the main characters are flawed and that you understand their motivations when they act badly.
So anyone out there that also loves this book? Any haters?