Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

Disclaimer: Let it not be said that I have completed this novel. At the halfway mark, I skipped to the final chapter.

Overview: Wuthering Heights is the manor that houses Lockwood’s landlord. Heathcliff seems to be a solitary-inclined miser on first glance. Though, it doesn’t take too long for his temper to betray that façade. What is the cause of the man’s anger? Does the old maid-servant, that waits upon Lockwood, have any knowledge that can shine a light on the situation?

Story Telling: This book is a gothic horror. As far as I know, it was one of the last entrees to the genre. So, we should probably be expecting it to show up again pretty soon.

Dislikes: Here’s the thing. I’m not against horror stories. Monsters, ghosts, natural threats, they can work very well in both cinematic and novel forms. It’s spending too much time in the minds of the sociopaths and psychopaths that turn me off. Nihilism, much like some of today’s horror authors seem to enjoy, is another way to lose my interest. Heathcliff’s revenge oriented mind, was cruel in the best of days, and out-right malicious in others.

Likes: Miss Bronte had a way of describing situations and scenery. She could make the mood and vibe work together in order to make the story seem real. That was her gift as an author.

Favorite Character: That would be the elder Earnshaw, at least until Joseph got his hooks in on the family.

Conclusion: This book will be reader specific. If you like the darker tales, give this one a shot.

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Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women-March 1

Overview: The Marches have four young girls: Meg-16, Jo-15, Beth-13, and Amy-probably 11. With each of them having a particular personality type, and them living in the middle of the Civil War, it’s a wonder that there is such a peace in the house. How will each of these young ladies grow into womanhood? Let’s find out, shall we?

Story Telling: This will be telling the age of this poor book, but we have a book of manners, as it used to be called. Today, we just call it a classic.

Dislikes: This book does hold a special place in my heart, but sometimes the girls could be pretty nasty to each other. Honestly, destroying somebody’s property just because Momma told you no to a trip at this time, is more than just a case of immaturity.

That and Beth asked more of Jo than anyone can or should give.

Likes: The girls did try to better their corners of the world. Each one of them strove for their dreams, and weren’t easily dissuaded.

Favorite Character: It’s Jo.

Favorite Quote: It comes at the end of the girls’ experiment. “Yes, I wanted you to see how the comfort of all depends on each doing their share faithfully.”

Favorite Scene: It’s when Jo tried to throw the dinner party. In particular, when she was trying to figure out when to put the bread in to the oven.

Conclusion: This is a wonderful story. Enjoy it with your young ones, or just as a way to retreat to a more peaceful era. Of course you’d have to ignore the Civil War part, though it’s not really mentioned much.