[DWJ] Book recommendations

colin at kindness.demon.co.uk colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Wed Nov 15 10:13:23 EST 2006

minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:
> Ika wrote:
> >Ooh! I hope you enjoy it - I absolutely loved it, and wish it had been
> >around when I was a teen/preteen (as it was I suspect I got many of my
> >preconceptions about sexuality out of *Wuthering Heights*, which, ew).
> A while ago you wrote an eloquent post explaining why the Potter books made
> you feel not just fed up but *angry* because they contained so much false
> teaching.
> *Wuthering Heights* has made me angry ever since I read it, and every time
> someone starts in to say what a wonderful book it is and how much better
> than anything by Jane Austen and so forth I want to scream and throw
> things, or perhaps emulate its principal male character and kill a puppy or
> two just to relieve my feelings.
> I'm sure there are eloquent defenders to be found on this list: would
> anyone like to have a go at explaining what is wonderful about *Swithering
> Depths*?  *I* think it is melodramatic and self-indulgent tosh,
> ill-constructed, full of inconsistencies and plot-holes one could drive a
> coach-and-four through, and with the deplorable message that behaviour
> including necrophilia and serial child-abuse is romantic, but so many
> people I don't otherwise see as nitwitted seem to find in it things to
> admire that I periodically go back to it trying to find what I must have
> missed, and I always come away with the same question:
> What *is* it about that load of old fetid dingoes' kidneys that appeals to
> so many people?
> Minnow
I hated it and have never wanted to go back and read it again. 


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