Wuthering Heights// Review.

Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte// 4/5
This is the kind of book which if you reach with certain expectations after heard after it a romance novel shall disappoint you at first and then leave you surprised in a totally different way. It is a romance of different kind, a romance of unattainable, the darker side of love and how love and decisions we make in the fits of our passion travels longer than we think them to be.

It might not be a romantic novel as you perceive it from reviews but it satisfies all your cravings of classic literature, with account of the country sides at length, with accounts of moors and fire chimneys and servants and those huge kitchens all banished and in their worst form but somehow retaining the glory of their past. This book is all about how time effects us all, and how sometimes you are helpless in the face of what comes in life.

And who would have thought that this book will be an account of Hareton and young Catherine’s love affair, all acting for them to be together and ironically their Heathcliff and Catherine’s union too calls for the prior in its manifestation, as if it was a worldly manifestation of achievement of what they have always been longing for.

Throughout the book, a reader however hopes for Heathcliff to amend himself of his character and every time he re-enters into the plot after a short absence you somehow hope for him to return civilised and for him to provide some explanation for his behaviours, thus sympathies remain with him throughout and he did finally become one towards the end thus satisfying the needs of poetic justice.

If you love classics, this book shall not disappoint you, and though it might not serve your need for romantic novel reading yet you’ll somehow be able to appreciate this as a fine piece of literature.

My favourite quote from the novel among many others: ‘ The entire world is a dreadful collection of memoranda that she did exist, and that I lost her.’


Kartography Book Review

Kartography by Kamila Shamsie// 3.5/5You can read this book and experience it on two different levels, as a person living in KARACHI and as an outsider. I belong to the later clan, and though I don’t know how would it feel to read it after living there but I fell in love with this, with Karachi.

The first hundred pages of the book are dull and slow read, but only if you are patient enough to pass on those few pages, and if you are patient enough to let the frustration of the not very understandable story in the start, this book will offer you one of the best surprises. It’s like as the characters in the story grow up so does their story, it becomes more compassionate, more profound with every realization, every new step, every new spilled secret, so much so that towards the end it gasps you in its magic, the kind of beautiful that it hurts.

You will fall in love with Karim, hate him and all in love with him all over again, you journey that love journey along with Raheen and it is safe to say that this will be among my favourite stories from now on.

It is story of how life unfolds on all of us, taking hold of our personal lives, our wars, our secrets, our families, our relationships and friendships and our own selves.

Beautiful book all in all, a kind of book that I will always go back to reread.