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  •  I read 'Wuthering Heights' twenty years ago, (8+ / 0-)

    so I remember the windswept moors, the swooning yearning: a love that held more pain than warmth. A very star-crossed feeling. But I can't recall the plot at all - it's fallen back into the darkness whence it came.

    It's as if Emily Brontë turned away from the sunlit gardens of Jane Austen, and dove into a Freudian maelstrom of darkness and senseless hungers. The Id and Superego wrestling, with no Ego in sight.

    Your review - your emotional response, really - captures that same intensity of feeling, the same obscurity of pattern and logic. That's good - you put us in Emily Brontë's world. I suspect her aim was to put in a book these wild truths, which no English novel had more than glanced at before. She succeeded, she wrote a new kind of book.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:20:05 AM PDT

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