Title: Heathcliff Is Not My Name
Author: Michael Stewart
In: I Am Heathcliff (Kate Mosse)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Retellings
Dates read: 16th May 2019
Format: Short story
Publisher: Borough Press
5th sentence, 74th page: You hear a fox scream and an owl cry.
A great, and different point of view to the story of Heathcliff and his unhealthy obsession with Cathy.
This is a bit of a ranty, ravy type of story. Just one block of text that recounts Heathcliff’s impressions of Cathy and her family as he grew up. That makes his tale a little more tragic. A little more relatable. Even if I still think he’s a douche.
There is a certain divorcing from the name Heathcliff throughout this story. A sense that the story we all know isn’t really the true story. That there is so much more beneath the layer of the tale. So much more to Heathcliff than such an overwhelming douche.
Alright, so this story might have made me soften a little towards Heathcliff. It gave him a little more personality and reason for his emotions than any other retelling of Wuthering Heights I’ve read so far. But it only made me soften, not completely thaw towards the capital douche.
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