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Top 5 Wednesday: Love Interests You Would Have Broken Up With


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Cathy should have run. And run and run and run. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.



Luke O’Neil


Male-mate cultures are tough places for women. Tougher still is finding a good husband in one. Luke was too impressed with the sugar cane work and his “mate,” Arnie. [It occurs to me that today’s readers might think only of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandals and might want to see Ralph’s interest in Meggie as something sick. Sad. It’s one of the great romances of 20th Century literature]. The Thornbirds by Coleen McCullough.


Oliver Barrett IV

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Jenny could have done so much better! He’s not from a culture that values marital fidelity. He is impressed with his own looks and he’s insecure as hell. Besides for the first 10 years he’ll do nothing but work endless hours at that pompas white shoe law firm to make partner. In his spare time he’ll play squash with fraternity brothers and chase secretaries. Love Story by Erich Segal.


Jay Gatsby



Daisy should have seen thru this guy. Her husband, Tom, was certainly no prize either so I guess she just couldn’t pick ’em! The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.


Charles Ryder


Poor Charles. Can’t get over being born not really rich. Then there’s the trouble with the laws of the day that get in the way of living his life with another man. He’s lovely in every way, but he’ll never really be a ladies man. He can’t have the one of the fabulous Lord Marchmain’s children that he wants (Sebastian) so he settles for obnoxious Boy’s sister, but then decides to settle for Sebasatian’s sister. Or does he? He’s so confused.  Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh.

7 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Love Interests You Would Have Broken Up With

  1. Luke O’Neil – ugh. Totally agree.
    I see what you’re saying about people only thinking about the scandals when looking at The Thorn Birds, but that is absolutely a shame. And personally, to me, that means that they aren’t reading the book as it is written. It is a relationship that builds and changes over time (as most do), and there is torment that goes along with that as to if this relationship is indeed wrong. It’s an absolute favourite of mine, and I hope more people are able to appreciate it.

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  2. Can’t argue with any of these. (I’ve never understood the love for Wuthering Heights — Heathcliff is just awful.) I adored The Thorn Birds, and should probably read it again one of these days. Luke serves his purpose, I suppose, but he is not adequate husband material.

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