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What Souls Are Made Of: A Wuthering Heights Remix (Remixed Classics, 4) (udgave 2022)

af Tasha Suri (Forfatter)

Serier: Remixed Classics (4)

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"Two lost souls cut off from their heritage find solace in each other in this remix of the gothic novel Wuthering Heights"--
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Titel:What Souls Are Made Of: A Wuthering Heights Remix (Remixed Classics, 4)
Forfattere:Tasha Suri (Forfatter)
Info:Feiwel & Friends (2022), 304 pages
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We go and sit with Isabella. The sugared tea is sweet on my tongue, and the cakes sweeter. I think of the first night I was carried into this parlor with a dog bite on my leg and was offered a little slice of a current scone by Edgar, his hands trembling. And how - how I put it onto my tongue, and it was like a vow I had made, a fairy thing. I had eaten here, and tasted sweetness, tasted what it meant to be rich, and now I could never run again for the craving of it, even it if would one day strike me dead.

Then I'll come back to the Heights, Cathy. Only then. I'll come back broken and twisted, wealthy and vicious. I'll come back and break Hindley better than he could ever have broken me. I'll come back and I won't be low any more. I won't be beneath you. But my love for you won't be this soft thing that fills me up and bleeds more than a heart ever could. It'll be cold waves, drowning me. And drowning you.

If this series of remixed classics by Feiwel & Friends is written as well as this one is than I will need another shelf for my TBR. Such gorgeous writing. This retelling solidly gives Heathcliff an Indian ancestry and also monkeys with Hindley's and Catherine's backstory as well. It informs some of the pain and trauma that all of them have going on. The timeline is following Heathcliff's departure but before Cathy becomes Mrs Linton. I think many who have problems with the original tale will like the changes that have been made for this one. I really enjoyed it and read it all in one sitting - simply captivating for a WH fangirl like myself. ( )
  VictoriaPL | Feb 4, 2023 |
DNF - read 96 pages. Retelling a need to be better written or have interesting spins for me - this had neither
  spiritedstardust | Dec 29, 2022 |
While it wasn't one of my favorite classics, I once stayed at least somewhat intrigued enough by Wuthering Heights to read the whole thing.

In my younger days, I think I could stick with certain books better when, even if I didn't particularly care for the stories, I liked the fact that I was reading them and could understand them.

As a reader, I've changed since then.

Indeed, the cultural and historical basis of this remix was a huge draw for me, and the author has such an affecting, lyrical, haunting way with words.

I can do dark, somber, haunting reads on occasion if I'm gripped by the plot and pacing. However, the pacing of this story was just too slow for me not to find the darkness too depressing. I gave it more than an hour before I decided not to finish it.

On a different note, though, I really like the book cover. Especially the hero's look.
  NadineC.Keels | Sep 21, 2022 |
Wuthering Heights with Cathy and Heathcliff recast as Indian orphans adopted by a British merchant who made his fortune at the expense of the colonialized (for which he feels guilty).

I read to p. 50 but saw no reason for Cathy and Heathcliff to be so heartbroken over the other. Probably it would be explained in time, but isn't that ache and angst the whole point of this story? The recasting with Brown minorities could be interesting but I didn't really care to keep reading as it were.
  reader1009 | Aug 23, 2022 |
A fresh reimagining of the story behind one of the most renowned couples in literature.

Author Tasha Suri takes the literary classic, Wuthering Heights, and reimagines the backstory of Heathcliff, Catherine, and her family, breathing new life into this polarizing tale of gothic trauma. The story is set when Heathcliff has fled The Heights, and Cathy has been left behind to agonize over where he's gone and what's happened to him. Events from the original tale are recounted and take on new life and meaning with the telling. Suri's story is presented from Catherine's and Heathcliff's points of view, giving an understandable heft to the reasons for their sometimes-murky relationship in the original. If you were left wanting after reading Brontë's story, this envisioning might give you some satisfaction.

Suri explores the shadowy details of the period Heathcliff is absent from The Heights, later revealed in the original story to be when he is amassing his fortune. The story follows him to Liverpool and into the seamy underbelly of the port city, where poverty and press gangs are all-encompassing. The author weaves the results of Britain's colonial history in India on its people into the story as Heathcliff comes to understand who he is. At the same time, Catherine also comes to realize her own hidden heritage as she and her brother, Hindley, attempt to lay the ghosts of their father's past wrongdoings.

The audiobook version is voiced by Becca Hirani as Catherine and Alex Williams as Heathcliff. They breathe life into these characters, imbuing each with a personality that gives the listener a fresh new perspective on what's driving their actions. The audiobook's cover is beautifully moody but depicts these two as older than they are during the story's events. As the story ends on a more hopeful note than the source materials, is this an additional nudge in the direction that things work out differently for them?

Touted as one of the greatest, most legendary love stories of all time, Wuthering Heights often eludes and disappoints modern young adult readers. Like many classic works, it has both its fans and foes. Depending on the reason for their dissatisfaction, Suri's version may very well ease some of the latter group into the former, with its updated dialogue and delivery, more revealing first-person points of view, and its fresh underpinning based on the main characters' secret, hidden ancestries.

I recommend WHAT SOULS ARE MADE OF to readers who enjoyed Wuthering Heights or wanted to but were left disappointed and those who enjoy YA historical fiction, especially that featuring a portrayal of the immigrant experience in 18th-century Britain.

I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving an Advanced Review Copy from the publisher through NetGalley. ( )
  KarenSiddall | Jul 28, 2022 |
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