A classic novel set on the solemn moors of northern England, Wuthering Heights is the unforgettable story of Heathcliff and Catherine, whose doomed love torments them in a tempest of madness, vengeance, and redemption. Wuthering Heights is a masterpiece that remains as compelling today as it was when it was first published in 1847.
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Topics: Dark, First Person Narration, Revenge, Family, Death, Ghosts, Love, Suspenseful, Psychological, Gothic, Victorian Era, Unreliable Narrator, Romantic, Melodramatic, Literary Criticism, Yorkshire, Dark Romanticism, Tragic, Obsession, and Star-crossed Lovers
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What an intensely gloomy and miserable book! I don't think that the malformation of Heathcliff's character is ever really explained, nor is his love/hate relationship with Catherine after her marriage. How can he think that torturing the offspring of his enemies is anything other than sadism? How come I've heard him referred to as a romantic character?
This book probably paints a truer picture of the period than do others, but it's hard for me to understand how it's come to be regarded as Great Literature.more
But, man, I can proudly say that Wuthering Heights is a great novel. The greatest? No. But definitely high up there. Maybe along with Romeo and Juliet, because it reminded me of my reading experience with this book. Both books are misunderstood/have plenty of misconceptions, and even I was victim to their misconceptions. Both have unlikable characters who get their "happy ending" in the afterlife, and people either hate em or love em. Both I really liked despite my previous prejudice towards these books. And both I really respect for the way they were written. I just frickin love books with a way with words. (see added quotes). I may be a weirdo who likes reading the classics, but for sure, I do not praise all of them. Or maybe it's because I'm so weird that I like this book. It does have some weird development between the cousins Hareton and Catherine Jr. And it's different because the characters are anti-heroes.
Weirdness Well-written = Must be my cup of tea. lol
What I really loved most was these characters' passion. Being a phlegmatic person, I was very much entertained by these people whose natures are nothing like mine. They love and hate violently. They can like a person instantly, and in just a few hours, after a slight insult, hate them (in Catherine Jr's instance). And all this passion, from a practically sheltered Emily Bronte. Charlotte Bronte said something about her sister's writing: that it was raw, with a child's innocence (not her exact words). Truly, Wuthering Heights is an unforgettable novel. I'm glad I read it again as an adult, when I can appreciate it.
Nevertheless, something still doesn't click with me and Wuthering Heights. It's a novel that is supremely disinterested in my approval, which is cool, but not very satisfying from a readerly point-of-view. I am puzzled by its characters, and intrigued by them, but at the end of the day I cannot persuade myself to care about them very much.
It's still a neat novel - just not one that rests in the deepest cockles of my heart. Oh well.
(Also, the Broadview Edition is *terrible* - all of the footnotes assume this really ridiculous narrow historical reading of the novel, and let you know every time Emily Bronte uses a word that Shakespeare used in Othello in a completely different context. Because OBVIOUSLY she did that on purpose.)more
Not quite pleasant and easy to read but definitely one of the most thought-provoking after: it is compelled to read it more than once.
No. It's not about love. And it certainly is not a romance! Cathy and Heathcliff's relationship is much more complicated, messy and profound than a simple romantic love.
On another note, has anyone been "vexed" by the narrative of this story as I was? The choice of the narrator has left much to be desired, too ambiguous and unrealiable to my liking, which, in a positive way, gives the readers the freedom to interpret as well, obviously.more