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Welcome to Week 4 of the Online Book Club!

Well, we did it. We finished Wuthering Heights. Be honest—did you read it all, or did you skip some parts?

The book is finally able to have a happy ending once Heathcliff dies. Hareton and Catherine are able to be together, and their love for each other provides some hope for the future.

How do you think this book could have been better? I found the entire story to be too dark, and the redeeming quality of the end was diminished because the whole book was covered in the bleakness of Heathcliff. I also found the whole story to be a little confusing since it was broken up into memories from Nelly. It’s always hard for me to remember all of the details of a story when the narrative keeps jumping from the past to the present.

After I read the book, I found this article telling eight things about the book that you don’t notice the first time you read it. This article was interesting—I highly recommend that you take a minute to read it.

The Guardian places this book as number thirteen on its list of the 100 Greatest Books. Do you agree? What classic books would you place higher on the list than Wuthering Heights? I really love A Tale of Two Cities and The Scarlet Letter. What classic literature have you enjoyed?

I hope you enjoyed reading Wuthering Heights this month! And, I hope you’ll join us next month as we read Into the Wild.

See you then!

 


2 Responses to “Wuthering Heights: Week 4”

  1. Carrol

    I can’t believe I actually finished the book. I never would have believed it. Although it was a slow start for me, I have to admit I really got into the story.

    I kept waiting for one of the characters to become my ” favorite,” but that never happened. I must say I felt a sense of relief when Heathcliff died. Finally, the characters could live again.

    Thanks for the article on the 8 things about the novel. You mentioned at the beginning of our reading that this wasn’t a love story. I like the way the author of the article discusses that, too. I also agree that I would have liked more information about Heathcliff at the beginning of the story.

    Thanks for guiding and encouraging us again this month.

    • Erin K.

      I’m proud of you for finishing, Carrol! That is great–it was a slow read for me and one that was hard to get through.

      Isn’t it sad that it seemed like the only way the characters could live and have some happiness is if Heathcliff died? That is pretty pathetic that he was such an overbearing, mean person.

      Are you encouraged to read more Victorian novels, or do you think that Wuthering Heights might be your last?

      I look forward to hearing from you again next month! Thanks for commenting!

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