Wuthering Heights

Since I did a re-edition of Wuthering Heights at work a couple of years ago at work, it’s been irritating me that I haven’t read this. This is probably the classic with the most hype over it because there’s such debate about whether or not it’s a love story. And I wanted to know what I thought, so I finally got round to it.

And I do think it’s a love story, just not between Heathcliffe and Catherine #1. SPOILERS. I seriously love the Cathy #2 hooks up with Hareton. Feels like the whole thing was just leading up to them. And they were into moral tales back then, so Cathy #1 and Heathcliffe are probably supposed to deserve not being happy for being naughty or whatever.

Fav parts: when Cathy #2 gets sassy, any time; how sassy Cathy #1 is, all the time; Heathcliffe just being a dick for no reason – I loved that, he just is and I actually found the way it’s written pretty funny; Nelly, she just seems like such a dream, and actually like the only rational person there; all dat rambling on the moors, yussss; that Edgar Linton turns about to be a really nice guy, and a good dad, even though he was kind of a wet blanket and you’re like ‘you for real Cathy #1? #teamBadBoy’ There aren’t enough good dad’s portrayed in culture, and let’s be real, they’re awesome and so important; rugged Hareton, and all he wants is books… hello literary heartthrob, scrumptious.

Least fav parts: Linton (UGH); the old Yorkshire dialect – I’m usually a fairly speedy reader and I had to slow down for it and spell it all out to myself in my head, which was fine, but I’m lazy…; the way it’s told through the narrator (I forget his name, because he’s basically not in it) but it’s actually Nelly telling the story. I know this is a trope of lit of this period, but yo, what’s the point? just use Nelly from the outset. I spose the narrator gives spoilers so you want to know how you get from point A to point B, but we end up at point C anyway; and the obvious one, that Cathy doesn’t get with Heathcliffe! I sort of saw her point when she rationalises marrying Edgar to Nelly, but you live in the middle of nowhere love, just hook up with the boy who you’ve always fancied because he’s rugged and naughty, who’s your best friend who you love hanging out with, not the boy everyone else thinks is a catch because he’s conventional and rich. Rule 1 of life: stay with the people you totally adore. Obvs.

Also, I totally had this in my head the whole time I was reading this. Which was a-okay by me… In fact, I really enjoyed this part of the experience.



Articles to read #1

Some good ones on reading and writing:

This one on some magazines that look ace. No more to be said. I’m sort of just saving this until I have the cash for magazines…

On not feeling good enough and writing for yourself.
I sort of hate writing. It’s like running. I go running, but I don’t like it. It’s uncomfortable and painful and the whole experience isn’t enjoyable, and then, and then. And then, it’s over. I do it for that euphoric moment when it’s complete and it feels hundreds of times worth it. Writing is too much like a puzzle, like fitting together an infographic. I hold my breath the whole time. Like running, it feels less like joy and more compulsion.

On mixing it up in publishing. As far as I’m concerned, more please. I want to go to a million places I’ve never been, and get as far as I can.

About James Daunt and Waterstones and where bookselling is going


Books I want to be reading #1; or the beginning.

I just said to my housemate that I wish I had more time. I’ve been messing around trying to start this blog for weeks. I wanted to start in a significant way, a big way, starting as I mean to go on, but as the weeks have gone past I realised that I just need to start. Somewhere. Anywhere…

Tonight I’ve stopped caring where.

I’ve also been wishing for more time to read. What with seeing things about people graduating, and having been to degree shows, I’ve been hella nostalgic for all the days I spent horizontal consuming as many pages as I could. So, without further ado, here is a list of shit I wish I was reading when I am doing other things (looking at you work, feeding myself, cleaning, maintaining friends, gah…)

  1. The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney.
    I’d heard good things. I saw it in a book shop and the cover didn’t appeal to me so I didn’t pick it up. It’s won the Bailey’s Prize. I’ve heard more good things. I can override my judgement of the cover…
    Buy it here.
  2. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower.
    So this isn’t out yet… It’s actually not out for bloody ages. I heard about it at work, so there’s clearly hype about this already. I love the premise though. The concept and the world sound banging, and I am intrigued. Sign me up in 2018…
    Read a chunk here.
  3. The Driver’s Seat by Murial Spark.
    My mum leant it to me yesterday. She said she would read it again. My mum has excellent taste in books. The copy she gave me.
  4. The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.
    Again leant to me by my mum. This one doesn’t have me intrigued like The Driver’s Seat, but again, my mum has great taste in books. And I promised I’ve give them both back when I see her in a couple of weeks… Get it here.
  5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
    I started the audiobook at work this week because I’ve never been able to get past the first chapter. I found it really confusing which kind of annoyed me. People discuss this one, and have opinions about it and they usually don’t about classics (is it a love story? is it the most destructive romance ever? I want to know!). I thought I’d try it in a new medium, and the audiobook has got me hooked in. Now, I just want to finish it. I’m going to try reading it from the actual book, and see if I can still keep with it. My main problem at the moment is that I keep having to switch to Spotify to play the Kate Bush version.

I want to start reading more reviews, or critical work around the books I’m reading, so I’ll try to post articles about these when I’ve read them… Nerdiest #goals