Wuthering Heights

I finally encountered a book that uses one of my favorite words: bathos, in Chapter 21. This dusty classic turned up at a friends of the library book sale, so I grabbed a copy, knowing it was a favorite of Hemmingway. (He listed it alongside 16 others as books he’d rather read again for the first time rather than have a $1M income.)
The story unfolds through various layers of narration, mostly from the voice of the housekeeper Ellen “Nelly” Dean, poured into the ear of a new tenant who desires to know more about his landlord, Heathcliff. It’s filled with ghosts, domestic violence, local dialect nearly impossible to translate, young love, young torment. Set in the early 19th century on an estate in Yorkshire near the moors. The main thread of the story is the doomed love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw.