I’ll keep the introduction short. Here’s what I read in August and how I thought about them!
ILL WILL BY MICHAEL STEWART | 1 STAR:
Heathcliff has left Wuthering Heights and is travelling to Liverpool in search of his past. Along the way, he saves Emily, the foul-mouthed daughter of a Highwayman, and the pair journey on together. Roaming from graveyard to graveyard, making a living from Emily’s apparent ability to commune with the dead, the pair lie, cheat and scheme their way across the North of England.
The great thing about Wuthering Heights is the many silences. Writers can fill these gaps with any story they wish to tell. Sometimes, though, I wish these silences would be left alone. I hated the way Heathcliff was characterised, I felt the race narrative wasn’t done appropriately or sensitively, and the misogynistic undertones was strong in this one. I *really* didn’t like this one!
‘THE WITHERED ARM” BY THOMAS HARDY | 1 STAR:
A jealous lover’s curse and an ingenious party trick feature in these two suspenseful stories set in Hardy’s imaginary Wessex.
I listened to this one via audiobook. I wasn’t that fussed by this story, though. Short stories don’t really do it for me, anyways, and Hardy is very hit or miss. I was a little confused throughout.