Classic Books: Wuthering Heights, A Midsummer's Night Dream & The House Of Mirth

Hello everyone,

today I'm sharing my impressions and opinions about three very famous classic books. If you're read them too, don't forget to let me know what you think about them in the comments section:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Mr.Lockwood rents a house called Thrushcross Grange, and tries to become friends with his owner, the savage, menacing and dark Heathcliff, but to no avail. He wants to know more about him and the people he lives with (the son of the former master of Wuthering Heights and his daughter-in-law) and asks his housekeeper to tell him their story. And a very dark story it is. Heathcliff was never allowed by his adopted family to forget that he was never really one of them. They've always treated him coldly and with disrespect. His only friend, and later love, was Catherine, and he's crushed when she decides to marry Linton because it's more socially appropriate. So, Heathcliff just leaves and returns a few years later to exact his revenge, not just on those who have hurt him, but on their children as well. The book is very complicated, intense, dark and gloomy, with only a few happy scenes here and there. Because of this, the first time I read it (in high school), I just couldn't get into it. I thought the characters were quite crazy too. But when I reread it years later, I feel in love. It's still as intense and dark as I remembered, but that's exactly the style that is best suited to the main theme of the novel ie passionate love and hatred and how they can affect a family. The characters too are complex, well-developed and very interesting from a psychological point of you. Overall, Wuthering Heights is a compelling story that I highly recommend. And if you've read it but didn't like it, do give it another go. It'll surprise you.
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Rating: 4/5

A Midnight's Summer Dream by William Shakespeare
This Shakespeare comedy has a quite complicated plot. There are in fact, four stories all intertwined together: the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Ippolita, Queen of the Amazons; the adventures of four young Athenian lovers; a group of amateur actors preparing to perform at the wedding; Oberon, the king of the fairies, fighting with his queen Tatiana over a changeling and interfering in the lives of the other characters. Although the language is obviously archaic, the story if fun and the characters interesting and witty. There are many things that I could say about this play, but instead I'll just recommend you go and see it. You'll love it.
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Rating: 4/5

The House Of Mirth by Edith Wharton
This is one of my favourite books ever. The ill-fated Lily Bart is an impoverished girl who goes to leave with her wealthy aunt, hoping to be accepted by the good New York society of the 1880s. It's a materialistic society where people are selfish, immoral and shallow, willing to fulfil their desires and ready to sacrifice others to cover up for their infidelities and mistakes. Lily isn't financially independent and thus is always in debt. She's also very naive and innocent which will lead her to accept a loan from a rich man without realising he wants sex in return. Her fear of poverty also makes her desperate to bag a wealthy husband instead than follow her heart and settle down with the poor man she loves. In the end, Lily's rich friends betray her and she's left alone and penniless. Wharton based her novels on her own experience growing up in New York in the 1880s and skilfully portrays with irony the hypocrisy and faults of the society she describes. Her characters are also very well-developed if rarely likeable. Overall, an excellent read I highly recommend to anyone.
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Rating: 5/5