I have heard many people refer to this book over the years as a great love story. By the time I finished reading it, however, I really felt that it was a story of revenge.
The book begins with Catherine and her brother, Hindley, being presented one day with a young, homeless ruffian that their father found in London when he went there on a trip. He brought this young boy home and advised his children that they have a new brother, Heathcliffe. Cathy and Heathcliffe bonded immediately, however, Hindley hated Heathcliffe and the feeling was mutually returned. Several years on, when Hindley is away at school, Cathy and Heathcliffe become romantically involved, however, when it is time for Cathy to marry, she chooses the wealthy neighbor at Thrushcross Grange, Edgar Linton. In retaliation, Heathcliffe marries Linton’s sister, Isabella.
The reader is told the story of what happened to these characters by Mrs. Dean who is the housekeeper at Thrushcross Grange. There is a new tenant, Mr. Lockwood, at the Grange and during one long cold stormy winter, Mrs. Dean tells Mr. Lockwood the whole story of these families.
I quite enjoyed hearing Mrs. Dean tell the story of these characters and at times could hardly wait to pick up the book to find out what happened next, however, I did find many of the characters unlikable, most especially, Heathcliffe.
It was not a difficult classic to read and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an atmospheric revenge story.