Wuthering Heights

Article By Yashasvini Rathore
Edited By Divyajyot Joshi

This Sunday (23 November 2016) the members of  Jaipur Book Lovers (JBL) Club are adjusting their time turners and planning to visit the Gothic world of Wuthering Heights which Emily Bronte has so beautifully weaved in her book. The canvas that Emily has painted instantly transfers the reader into a world which is exhilarating and repulsive at the same time.

Emily Bronte along with her sisters Charlotte and Agnes are considered to be one of the most celebrated literary families. Each sister with her unique style of writing has endowed the world of English literature with some of the most exquisite poems and novels. Charlotte had said that she finds it to her surprise that her sister who was such an introvert with a mild disposition could conjure up such tumultuous and stormy environment as well as devious and wild characters in Wuthering Heights.

Wuthering Heights as the name suggests isn’t one of those run of the mill romances. The passion portrayed and the words spoken in the book transcend generations. Such is the popularity of the book that it has been adapted multiple times into movies and tv series. A passionate love story at soul Wuthering Heights encompasses many genres like :- impressionistic romance, revenge tale, Gothic romance, tragedy and intrigue.

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”  – Catherine

Wuthering Heights has given the world the iconic pair of Heathcliff and Catherine. In a world that celebrates the cliché of opposites, here are two characters who could pass for being each other’s mirror image in terms of their temperament. Such are their flaws that never get their happy ending while also destroying everyone they know in their vicinity. Theirs is a passionate love that could put a volcano to shame.

“Because misery, and degradation, and death, and nothing that God or Satan could inflict would have parted us, you, of your own will, did it. I have not broken your heart- you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.” – Heathcliff   (As I said putting a volcano to shame)

Some members are re-reading it while the others are beginning their tryst with this classic. I am re-reading a copy of Wuthering Heights which is a hand-me-down from my father. He bought this book many years ago from Dharamsala for some 25 rupees. My copy smells of this beautiful slightly mixed fragrance of damp sand and wood (just like most of the old ones smell), the pages are little delicate and the feel of holding this slightly battered book is inexpressible (fellow avid readers would understand what I’m talking about). The characters come alive in front of my eyes instantly and I’m transported to the moors of  Northern England in late 18th century reliving the story with these characters. I feel their pain, angst, joy, passion, hatred, need for revenge and sorrow as it has been so beautifully described by Emily Bronte.

I’m expecting this Sunday’s session to be an interesting one as there is so much to appreciate as well as to criticize in this book. There are so many dimensions and interpretations to this classic that it is surely going to invoke some interesting conversations. Join us this Sunday for an engrossing session and even if you haven’t read the book you might discover a new book to read and new friends to keep.

About the author

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Yashasvini believes that her epitaph would read something like this: – “She who always had a list of to-read books and loved to chase strangers’ Labradors”

 

 

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