Have you ever been persecuted by a book you have never read?
Literally chased and hunted by a book of which you never even flipped the cover once?
It happened to me. The book was ‘Wuthering Heights’ written by Emily Brontë.
For a couple of years, it seemed as if this book strongly wanted to catch my attention, appearing in the least expected conditions and strangely often.
I know we’re talking about one of the great classics, so there’s not much to be surprised about and even then, it would be pretty easy to take the book and read it, but I had grown so annoyed at its impertinence that I just wouldn’t consider it – I mean, who do you think you are, to impose your pages to me this way? Let me be (and read)!
Finally, Emily and her Wuthering Heights got the message and left me alone for more than a year, so that, when I accidentally bumped into a comment about it a few weeks ago, I could run to the library and rent a copy without upsetting my pride.
Turns out, all this stubbornness have been quite rewarded: at the public library, all the ordinary paperback copies were out, so that the librarian had to check in the back (the hidden cave where all the secret copies of the best books are kept…). She came back with a gorgeous hardbound book from the early 80s, like those you only see in old fancy libraries, with thick, yellowish pages, big font size and incredible smell.
The book is one of the masterpiece about love, I knew that when I started. However, I have to confess I couldn’t quite realize it while I was reading Heathcliff’s story, a continuous planning for revenge towards Hindley and Catherine first, Linton and Hareton later.
Heathcliff is a foundling that master Earnshaw brings home one day, to raise him along with his kids, Catherine and Hindley.
When Earnshaw dies, Catherine grow ever more fond of Heathcliff, while Hindley, now master of the house, can’t stand the sight of him and relegates him to servants duties.
Even if Heathcliff is fondly in love with Catherine – and loved back – his condition doesn’t allow him to aspire to marry her and he decides to leave to find more fortune. He does, but when he comes back, Catherine is married with Edgar Linton.
As you can see, Heathcliff has some good reasons to carry hard feelings.
It was a pleasure to read it, as well as to hold it.
No doubt the librarian was honestly surprised that I actually brought it back.
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