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.
And as always, DM us, comment on the announcement Instagram post, email us or comment below with your thoughts during your reading and after you're done. We love hearing all you have to say! Stay tuned for discussion questions on Instagram stories!
To submit your own book review for this book or any other please visit our Submit page for more into!