Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Wuthering Heights

I used to say this book was my favorite, but I haven't read it in years and years. Probably since junior high. But I opened Wuthering Heights tonight, on a whim, and I found some lines in the Foreward I had underlined a long time ago. This reminds me of why I loved the book so much. Maybe I'll go back and reread it soon. In the meantime, I've included the underlined lines for you below.

"Emily Bronte captures, as few writers ever have, that inward and outward reality that are the components of everyone's life. No one lives entirely in the here-and-now, and no one can afford to ignore it; love and money, work and vision, passion and prudence are often in conflict. She quite truthfully points out that they cannot always be reconciled, and doesn't give false answers where there are only questions. ... The other reason to read it is that it's a terrific story. People grow up, fall in love, mistreat each other, tell stories, make mistakes, have children, try to murder each other, scheme over the possession of houses and inheritances, haunt and are haunted, and occasionally howl at the moon."

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