I am so very behind on blog reading and I'm doing a lot of lurking (sorry) and partly this is due to book reading.
I finished Atonement on Sunday and it was superb. Ian McEwan's writing is stunning and his characters complex and richly delineated. The story is amazing. I will definitely read more of his books.
Has anyone seen the movie? Should I see it or will it ruin the book for me?
Before Atonement, I read Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, one of the most famous love stories ever written and a book I'd never read before. I was astonished by it. It's incredible, but I was stunned that this classic love story centered around two people without a single redeeming quality between them. They are despicable; made despicable by this inhuman, unearthly "love" perhaps? (At any rate, he is as creepy as they come.)
I did not expect that it would be the story of a warped and destructive obsession. For the first third of the book I was fascinated but also finding it very hard to care what happened to them. Then sheer morbid curiosity made me read to the amazing end.
Heathcliff and Cathy make a forceful impression. They are dark, cruel, wild, and they feed off of each other and need each other in a deeply disturbing way that renders, for them, anything outside the two of them something to be despised. I felt that only belief in God would prevent them destroying each other and everyone around them. (That isn't what happens, btw. They remain un-anchored. Unhinged, really.)
The story encompasses classic themes: darkness and light, perceptions of what constitutes heaven and hell, civilization versus man's "natural" state, the expectations of society, family, economic position, and so forth. It is all quite complex.
Any opinions of Wuthering Heights? I'd love to know how others liked or disliked it and what you took away from it.
AND what other books do you recommend? (fyi... I've read Twilight & the Outlander series and I'm not big on chick-lit.)