“It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now…”
Cathy’s immortal words from Wuthering Heights change Heathcliff’s life. At just seventeen years of
age, heartbroken and penniless, he runs away to face an unknown future.
Three years later, he returns – much improved in manners, appearance and prosperity.
But what happened during those years? How could he have made his fortune, from nothing? Who
might his parents have been? And what fate turned him into literature’s most famous anti-hero?
For almost two centuries, these questions have remained unanswered.
Review Heathcliff by Fany Van Hemelen:
An intriguing and dark glimpse into the missing bits and pieces of Heathcliff’s life apart from Wuthering Heights
First I have to tell you, I know the classical book Wuthering Heights, but shame on me, I never read it. This was for the spin-off novel by Sue Barnard an advantage. I wasn’t searching for the way of writing by Emily Bronte but enjoyed the well-crafted story with his strong personalities and dark narration.
Heathcliff is the answer of what happened with this troubled man when he was for three years out of Wuthering Heights. I did some research and many readers say the tale is a good explanation of how Heathcliff got his wealth and why his character changed. I think, even I don’t know it for sure, those years were the changing point for this mysterious guy.
So if you love Emily Bronte this is a nice experimental plot with unpredictable events and amazing key players.
And even if you aren’t a fan of this first book you have reasons enough to enjoy this one.
When I closed this book I thought : “Maybe I have to read Wuthering Heights to see the whole narration”. Even though this is perfectly to read as a stand-alone but know I am curious to read the book where it all starts with..
If your not a fan of the original author than you still can love this original adaptation with historical and cultural facts. Sue Barnard has her personal touch and is as always capable to re-write and create a new believable and captivating story.
Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet whose family background is far
stranger than any work of fiction. She would write a book about it if she thought anybody would
Sue was born in North Wales but has spent most of her life in and around Manchester. She speaks
French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman
Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also
compiled questions for BBC Radio 4’s fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of
her sons to describe her as “professionally weird.” The label has stuck.
Sue’s first novel, The Ghostly Father (a new take on the traditional story of Romeo & Juliet), was
officially released on St Valentine’s Day 2014. Since then she has produced five more novels: Nice
Girls Don’t (2014), The Unkindest Cut of All (2015), Never on Saturday (2017), Heathcliff (2018), and
Finding Nina (2019).
Sue now lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished
Titel: Heatcliff | Auteur: Sue Barnard | Uitgeverij: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform | Categorie: Romans | Uitvoering: paperback | 168 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781720757603 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: juni 2018 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 30-7-2019 | Prijs: €12,99 | Bestellen