My Thoughts Exactly...
Wuthering Heights not only tells the tale of romance, danger, and agony, but is a novel of great understanding from a young woman of her era. This tale of extraordinary woe and misfortunate is forever a staple of literature that we see reinvented and reflected in so many works or art to this day.
Trigger Warnings and Ratings
While we all love reading books, sometimes they can have themes and topics that may not be appropriate for everyone. To help figure out if this book is suitable for you, please first take a look at the warnings we have included.
This book is appropriate for ages 12+. The vocabulary used can be confusing for younger ages, but is considered to be a Grade 6 and up reading level and is considered a Young Adult novel.
Wuthering Heights is considered a Young Adult novel but covers some mature themes. These include:
- Physical and mental abuse
- Self harm
🚨 SPOILERS 🚨
Are you team Earnshaw or Linton? I guess we'll find out!
Oh, the Woe
This tale of mismatched lovers is truly heartbreaking and entrancing. It's not the classic love story in which the lovers find each other in the end, but instead the tragic tale of how status, wealth, and communication could truly influence love.
We start off by experiencing what seems like the joy of a foundling having a home and family, only for it to turn in to the story of abuse.
As we grow with Heathcliff and Catherine's relationship, we hope to see their love come to fruition, and yet again we see it take a turn for the worst when Heathcliff misunderstands what Catherine is telling Nelly. Furthermore, this is so devastating that then Catherine becomes deathly ill, Heathcliff unknowingly hurting her truly to the core.
To make matters worse, Catherine goes through with her marriage to Edgar and gets pregnant, which perpetuates Heathcliff's anger.
A Dark and Stormy Night
- 5-10 oz ginger beer
- 0.5-1 oz lime juice
- 1-2oz of Rum (Spiced is classic)
- Or for a virgin take: 1-2oz Coca-Cola or Pepsi
- Fill glass with ice and add lime juice
- Add Rum or Cola and stir gently
- Top with ginger beer to rim and stir twice
- Garnish with lime wedge if you want, or jump straight in to the Dark and Stormy with a dark and stormy read!
A Little Cake
To make sure there's a little cake for everyone too, why not have a mini cake for each person? Here's my personal favorite brownie recipe, from the Purity Cook Book!
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Grease an 8-inch square cake pan
- Sift together
- 3/4 cup PURITY Flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- Stir in
- ½ cup shortening
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Beat until smooth.
- Stir in
- ½ cup chopped nuts
- Turn into prepared pan
- Bake in preheated 325° oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Makes 24 squares.
My favorite optional way:
CHERRY CHEESE BROWNIE
- Prepare brownie batter as in basic recipe and spread / in prepared pan
- Beat together until light and fluffy, 1 (4-ounce) package cream cheese and 1 egg
- Gradually blend in a mixture of ½ cup granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons PURITY Flour
- Stir in ½ cup chopped maraschino cherries, drained
- Pour over brownie base and gently spoon remaining batter on top completely covering cheese mixture
- Bake in preheated 325° oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan
How many of these fun facts did you know? Did we miss any? Let us know when you submit your review!
Emily was only 30 years of age when she passed away. She published Wuthering Heights one year before her death, unknowing of the legacy she left behind.
Emily grew up in Haworth, a village in the parsonage of West Yorkshire. Her father was a curate there, and she based the setting of Wuthering Heights off of this area, the Yorkshire Moors.
Emily was known to be antisocial, but her love of animals shone though with her best friend Keeper, of which she drew this water color of!
Bronte was the second youngest of six siblings, with Charlotte and Anne also being talented writers of their own.
Emily wrote a book of poetry with Charlotte and Anne under the pen names Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. Bronte used the pen name Ellis for Wuthering Heights as well.
Her sister Charlotte wrote the infamous novel Jane Eyre, using her pen name Currer Bell. Her other sister, Anne, wrote Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
In 2022, Warner Bros. released a biographical drama based on Bronte's 30 years of life. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before widespread theatrical release.
Bronte's work has inspired many works of art, including many books, poems, and songs, such as the album "Lines Part Three: Emily Bronte". The Unthanks recorded this album at Bronte's family home.
Bronte's classic tale is a staple of my library. The Gothic love story of her generation!
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