Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

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First published in 1847, Wuthering Heights is set on the bleak Yorkshire moors, where the drama of Catherine and Heathcliff, Heathcliff's cruel revenge against Edgar and Isabella Linton, and the promise of redemption through the next generation, is enacted. This edition uses the authoritative Clarendon text, and in a new introduction Patsy Stoneman considers the bewildering variety of critical interpretations to which the novel has been subject, as well as offering some provocative new insights for the modern reader.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
ISBN: 9780585359168
0585359164
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxxix, 372 p.)

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A sweeping, moody romance between two unlikely immortal lovers, Catharine and Heathcliff. This was Bronte's only novel. She also wrote poetry and essays.


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lsue_0
Aug 15, 2018

Of all the books I have ever read (and that number is numbingly large, English major and voracious reader of many genres), this is number one. Its draw for me has transcended the decades.

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tjdickey
Aug 14, 2018

A haunting piece, showcasing the struggles between the light and dark sides of our human souls, and between sanity and exquisite scenes of madness.
The Great American Read project finally got this classic on my agenda, and I am glad.

SPPL_Violet Mar 19, 2018

Terrible people being terrible. While, for me, this does not live up to Jane Eyre, I do laud Emily for the beauty of her novel. Wuthering Heights is highly allegorical. It reads like a prose poem, full of symbolism, beautiful imagery, and intensely emotional.

ArapahoeSteffen Mar 06, 2018

I've been on a Bronte kick recently inspired by the recent movie, "To Walk Invisible" about the three sisters. I decided to read Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, whose poetry may be the finest work produced by the sister trio. I HATED IT. That is to say, I hated the characters and the behavior and cruelty even as I admired the writing style.

Here's a review I liked from Wikipedia:
Douglas Jerrold's Weekly Newspaper wrote "Wuthering Heights is a strange sort of book,—baffling all regular criticism; yet, it is impossible to begin and not finish it; and quite as impossible to lay it aside afterwards and say nothing about. In Wuthering Heights the reader is shocked, disgusted, almost sickened by details of cruelty, inhumanity, and the most diabolical hate and vengeance, and anon come passages of powerful testimony to the supreme power of love – even over demons in the human form. The women in the book are of a strange fiendish-angelic nature, tantalizing, and terrible, and the men are indescribable out of the book itself. Yet, towards the close of the story occurs the following pretty, soft picture, which comes like the rainbow after a storm ... We strongly recommend all our readers who love novelty to get this story, for we can promise them that they never have read anything like it before. It is very puzzling and very interesting, and if we had space we would willingly devote a little more time to the analysis of this remarkable story, but we must leave it to our readers to decide what sort of book it is."[26]

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kathylou
Mar 04, 2018

This is another classic that I was pretty sure that I had read but find that I hadn't. I had read a reference to it and thought it was time for a reread. Ha.
No, it isn't a romance. Yes, the characters are very flawed people. It isn't set in 2018 or written recently. I loved the high drama, the depiction of the time, place, and expectations, and most of all, the fine writing and story.

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Bren86
Jun 05, 2017

This electronic version appears to be missing pages.

JCLDebbieL Apr 21, 2017

How messed up are Catherine and Heathcliff? Sheesh! A rather dismal read.

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dlh1
Mar 04, 2017

Highly overrated novel. There are soooooooo many other books worth reading. I'm sorry I wasted my time with this one. As others have said in their comments, this is not a love story. I think it was written by a demented mind, without much grasp on reality. After reading about Emily Bronte's life story, she suffered a lot of pain (from the death of family members) and ill health of her own. And this novel was the product of her suffering.

DBRL_KrisA Nov 26, 2016

This is one of those books that everyone is supposed to have read, a literary classic, blah blah blah. It's been on my to-read list for ages, but I finally got around to reading it because it was on my sister's list as well.
Because it was written in the mid-1800s, I thought for sure I would have difficulty with the language, but it was actually a fairly smooth read. Several of the characters speak a North England dialect, but luckily, this edition of the book had a section of notes at the back that translated most of those characters' dialogue. And there were a number of places where I had to rely on the context to figure out a line or two.
The toughest part of reading this, really, was figuring out why anyone would give a damn about Heathcliff. He is one of the most unpleasant, thoroughly horrible literary characters I've ever met. A terrible, mean-spirited ogre from childhood straight up (almost) until death. His and Catherine's love is held up as one of the great loves in literature, right up there with Romeo and Juliet, but the feeling I got was less star-crossed lovers, and more two thoroughly unlikable egomaniacs that deserved no better than each other. Bill Sykes and Nancy from Oliver Twist were a more sympathetic couple.
Really, there were so few likable characters here; even the sometime-narrator Ellen made me angry. The only one I had even a little sympathy for was Hareton Earnshaw.
That brings up my other main difficulty with reading this book: the inter-marriage of the Earnshaws, the Lintons, and the Heathcliffs. I honestly could have used a scorecard or chart to remember who was married to whom, and how they were all related. And those relationships are really the crux of the whole story - the relationships, inheritances, and how Heathcliff manipulates them.

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Tracey Devine
Sep 11, 2016

I found this old classic a little complicated in part, especially some of the archaic dialogue (like Joseph the old servant, still not sure what he was saying) took me a few chapters to get into, but interesting in terms of 17th/18th century way of life, especially from a moral standpoint. I feel inclined to re-read it immediately to gain a deeper understanding. Having said that, I was totally hooked by the end.

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jayne_priya
Jun 29, 2016

When Catherine chooses Edgar over her true lover, Heathcliff, he decides to take power over everything.

Kadie2 Aug 17, 2012

Lockwood, a new tenant, has stumbled upon his landlord and the cold house he owns. He realizes, one night when forced to spend the evening at his landlords place, that everyone and everything about the house they live in holds a story. More nosy than curious, Lockwood persues a maid to tell the haunted story of Heathcliff (the landlord) and how he came to be.

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p_gzpata9730
Jul 25, 2012

2 people that have way different back roundes but fall in love despite what evereyone says

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LuluY
Aug 15, 2011

A story within a story- 2 tales of 2 generations that fall madly in love, and the darkness that ensues because one's love is denied. This isn't some pretty love story, it's a dark yet memorable novel of how love manages to live on- despite all odds.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

A tale of a doomed romance between Catherine, the daughter of the house and Heathcliff a foundling.

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re_discover
Sep 10, 2017

Nelly (Ellen): "...treachery, and violence, are spears pointed at both ends- they wound those who resort to them, worse than their enemies" (211).

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p_gzpata9730
Jul 25, 2012

love is a sacrifice

lilybelle Jul 29, 2008

"...I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind--not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being"

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kitten97
Aug 01, 2012

Coarse Language: There is a lot of old time coarse language used by many of the characters throughout the story.

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