Summary: In the late winter months of 1801, a man named Lockwood rents a manor house called Thrushcross Grange in the isolated country of England. Here, he meets his landlord, Heathcliff, a wealthy man who lives in the ancient manor of Wuthering Heights, four miles away from the Grange. In this wild, stormy countryside, Lockwood asks his housekeeper, Nelly Dean, to tell him the story of Heathcliff and the strange denizens of Wuthering Heights. Nelly consents, and Lockwood writes down his recollections of her tale in his diary; these written recollections form the main part of Wuthering Heights. Nelly remembers her childhood. As a young girl, she works as a servant at Wuthering Heights for the owner of the manor, Mr. Earnshaw, and his family and the memories go on as they find out more about Wuthering Heights.
Commentary: The story of Wuthering Heights is told through flashbacks recorded in diary entries, and events are often presented out of chronological order—Lockwood’s narrative takes place after Nelly’s narrative, for instance, but is interspersed with Nelly’s story in his journal. Nevertheless, the novel contains enough clues to enable an approximate reconstruction of its chronology, which was elaborately designed by Emily Brontë. For instance, Lockwood’s diary entries are recorded in the late months of 1801 and in September 1802; in 1801, Nelly tells Lockwood that she has lived at Thrushcross Grange for eighteen years, since Catherine’s marriage to Edgar, which must then have occurred in 1783. I enjoy these type of books. The way that they are written I find can be very clever and fun to follow along to. Although parts can be slightly confusing, it’s still a good book to read.
Rating: 3 and 1/2 Stars
Recommendations: The Color Purple – Jane Eyre – Sense and Sensibility – The Age of Innocence
Mr. Lockwood is paying rent for Thrushcross Grange when he falls ill. His stay at Wuthering Heights is made more enjoyable when Mrs. Ellen Dean, the housekeeper, entertains him with a background story of Mr. Heathcliff, the landlord. This intricate tale brings alive such characters as Catherine Earnshaw, Hindley Earnshaw, Edgar Linton, and Heathcliff. There is a complicated love triangle between Catherine, Heathcliff, and Edgar. At the end of Mr. Lockwood’s stay, the tale finally reaches the present and comes to a close.
At first I thought the book very complicated but gradually came to know each character. Each life was bitter, and I realized how much their childhoods shaped their life as adults. Wuthering Heights, though dreary, was full of excitement.
Rating: 4 Stars
Recommendations: Pride and Predjudice, Jane Eyre, Little Women