Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:18 am by Cristina in , , , ,    No comments
Bustle lists '17 Books That Aren't About What You Thought When You First Read Them', including
8 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë
What everyone thinks it's about: The generations-long love story of a misunderstood man.
The orphaned Heathcliff grows up with the Earnshaw children, Catherine and Hindley, and becomes more beloved to Mr. Earnshaw than his own son. When Catherine leaves him for a rich man, poor and pitiful Heathcliff descends into a violent madness caused by her wronging him.
What it's actually about: Rape, violence, and an immature man.
Heathcliff is not a romantic hero. Instead of moving on after Catherine leaves, he remains obsessed with her, and marries her sister-in-law, whom he beats and rapes. After he gains custody of their son, he mistreats the boy as well. Wuthering Heights is not a story of love, but of hate. (Kristian Wilson)
Coincidentally, Jungle Red Writers features Michelle Gagnon, who talks about her novel Unearthly Things and 'misremembering' Jane Eyre.
I first read Jane Eyre in high school, and dove into it again after college. Since it’s one of the few books that I’ve ever re-read, when I decided to write a modernized, deconstructed version, I was confident that I remembered the story.
And then I read it again.
Memory is a funny thing, I quickly realized. It turns out that I mainly recalled about the romance between Jane and the tempestuous Mr. Rochester (I chalk that up to being a teen when I first encountered it). Although in truth, I hadn’t even remembered their relationship entirely correctly. (Read more) (Hank Phillippi Ryan)
There's also a giveaway of Unearthly Things.

Medium looks back on the time when
In the early 1950s Raymond Queneau asked several dozen French authors and critics to list the hundred books they would choose if they had to limit themselves to that number. He reproduced all their responses in the book Pour une Bibliothèque Idéale (Gallimard, 1956), along with the overall top 100 list.
Only Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights made it onto the list, number 56.

El Periódico (Spain) features Rodrigo Fresán's novel La parte soñada describing it as
un comentario secreto y clandestino a 'Cumbres borrascosas' de Emily Brontë y a 'Cosas transparentes' de Vladimir Nabokov y a todo lo que le pasa por la cabeza a un escritor que es capaz de pergeñar un edificio, una ciudad, un continente literario sobre absolutamente nada, emulando al trovador Guillermo de Poitiers y su “Farai un vers de dreit nien”. Bestial. (Ricardo Baixeras) (Translation)
Film School Rejects shares a video on 'The Cinematic Universe of Andrea Arnold', including of course references to her take on Wuthering Heights.

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