September Book of the Month: Wuthering Heights

“He shall never know I love him: and that, not because he's handsome, but because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made out of, his and mine are the same.” 


    We wanted to do a back to school theme this month with our Book Club and our Theme of the Month High School, so we thought: what is the best back to school book that will be both a quick read for post-holiday brain-mush and set a depressing tone to match the encroaching fall weather? (Sorry.)

     Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë's only novel, was published in 1847 under the pseudonym "Ellis Bell".  Wuthering Heights is now a classic of English literature, although when it was published the reviews were varied. The book was controversial because of its clear-cut depiction of mental and physical cruelty as well as it's bold challenge to Victorian ideals of gender inequality, hypocrisy, morality, and social classes. 

      Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, an orphan adopted by Catherine's father. After Mr. Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.

Official music video for the single "Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush. Wuthering Heights was released as Kate's debut single in January 1978. It became a No.1 hit in the UK singles chart and remains Kate's biggest-selling single. Two music videos were created to accompany "Wuthering Heights."

One of the most visually accomplished and powerful films of the Year (Film School Rejects) Andrea Arnold's WUTHERING HEIGHTS is an excitingly fresh and distinct take on the classic novel by Emily Bronte. An epic love story that spans childhood well into the young adult years, the film follows Heathcliff, a boy taken in by a benevolent Yorkshire farmer, Earnshaw.

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