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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

Published: Pocket Books on May 1, 2004
ISBN: 9781416503095
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This book is beautiful, ugly, and upsetting. It's probably best to read over a rainy weekend with lots of comfort food... I'm not usually a fan of historical romances, especially in this time period, but Wuthering Heights is the exception. This is no prim and proper story about high society goings-on; these characters are broken, mistakes are made, and pride and anger really do have consequences. She chooses society over love (or perhaps over her own nature); he chooses revenge and pride. Both suffer for it.read more
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Always wondered if I'd enjoy Wuthering Heights. I'm still wondering. Any engagement I might have had was obliterated by the narrator on the Trout Lake Media audiobook version . The toned-down American accent she used for the more gentrified characters is bearable – but judging by her attempts at a Yorkshire accent, the book is actually set somewhere in the outer Hebrides. She also has A TENDENCY TO SHOUT, which makes the recording actively uncomfortable to listen to. I enjoyed Brontë's gruesome Gothic manner when I could focus on it – sadly, I can't face reading or listening through again. I'll find a movie version to make sense of it all.read more
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A clear and brutal description of obsession and stalking taken to the limit, disguised as a love story.read more
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Wuthering Heights is alive with all the passion of Heathcliff, the most hated character and his beloved Catherine. On the whole I can not stand Heathcliff; but some how this book still managed to transfix me and I keep reading it again and again. There is the very strange love triangle of the parents which is then passed down to children...my fear of giving away the plot prevents me from saying much more. It is indeed a true classic of English Literature.read more
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This is one of my very favorite books!! Many people don't like it because it is dark and people are very selfish and cruel, but thats what makes it great! It's a twisted romance about two people that are meant to be together but are to proud to choose each other! It may be a difficult read for some, but I highly recommend it!!read more
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This book by reputation alone is powerful and artistically well-written. Being celebrated as a distinguished classic is perhaps also why my expectations were not met in the type of fast-paced read I was looking for at the time, but the qualities of the writing still made it easy to appreciate. The story is widely paced; the majority of content is written in scenes of dialogue in past tense, and other times months and years skim by, forcing you to pay close attention. The characters are, for the most part, selfish, sensitive, and expressive with each other to a fault, which made the good and sensible characters (like the main narrator, Nelly) seem that much more precious. The general mood for most of the book I found somber and unsettling because the characters are very isolated and limited in social and personal restraint. Still, Bronte manages bits of hope and pity for all characters including the villains because she shows the effects of mistreatment, building resentment, and makes the reader yearn for change for the better. This strength of writing also elicits the positive theme of love’s power and blindness. A disadvantage for me was the amount of time and patience it required to absorb Bronte’s style. The staggered time line and the narration switching angles made the story hard to follow at times, especially if you’re eager to skim for the plot line and wishing immediate justice for the characters’ actions. This book makes you wait and requires limited distractions for optimal appreciation. The author has a very similar style to her sister, the author of Jane Eyre, and I would certainly recommend this book to those appreciating an elaborate and delicate style. Although I found the action of story to seem more frivolous and predictable, it was nonetheless absorbing and gratifying when given time. For full enjoyment, I only recommend this classic to readers with lots of patience and strong appreciation for well-written literature. Megan D.read more
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I hate this book. Heathcliff is a jerk, and it has an unhappy ending.read more
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The best Brontë novel I have read thus far. An excellent story that was dramatic and emotive without being over the top (the main fault I had with Jane Eyre). Very good on the surface and I'm sure re-reading the book would reveal further depth.read more
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> In Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John opines that honour sacrificed on the altar of love renders the love dishonourable and the lesser of pure lust. Heathcliff’s love for Catherine is an example of just such dishonourable love and is hardly the stuff of any romantic sensibility nor of the philosophical bent of Nietschze (“Beyond good and evil there is love.”) Heathcliff’s feeling for Catherine is egocentric, destructive and, a fearful thing not unlike the wuthering moors. Like the twisted tangles of brush that somehow manage to survive on the moors, the people that come into contact with Heathcliff are bowed and bent under the sheer force of his will, passion and temper. The idea of such an unrelenting, aggressive and unsparing devotion is both shocking and frightening. Beyond the linear narrative, this novel merits re-examination (re-reading) for its dense language, its allegorical associations and, the ideas about human nature itself.read more
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SummaryWuthering Heights is a dark tale of enduring passion and violent love. Set on the wild, rugged Yorkshire moors of northern England, this classic gothic novel follows the story of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, adopted siblings and lifelong lovers. Narrated through the diary of Mr. Lockwood, a tenant of nearby Thrushcross Grange, this strange and fantastic story tells of a love that transcends all boundaries—even death.Mr. Lockwood is paying a polite visit to his landlord, Heathcliff, when he is expectedly stranded there during a snowstorm. Forced to stay the night at Wuthering Heights, despite Heathcliff’s clear displeasure, Lockwood finds an unoccupied room in the grand house. Unable to sleep, however, he stumbles upon the diary entries of a young girl named Catherine Earnshaw, who writes of adventures with her young friend Heathcliff. After nodding off to sleep, Lockwood is awakened when the Catherine’s ghost appears at his window, pleading to be let in.When Lockwood returns to Thrushcross Grange the next day, he asks his housekeeper, Ellen (Nelly) Dean, to tell him the story of Heathcliff and the others at Wuthering Heights. Nelly begins her story thirty years earlier, when Mr. Earnshaw brings home an orphaned Heathcliff to raise with his own children, Hindley and Catherine.Though Catherine and Heathcliff are, for many years, inseparable despite Hindley’s cruel persecution, eventually the two seem to drift apart. Catherine becomes a proper young lady, and since Hindley forces Heathcliff to work in the fields after their father’s death, Heathcliff becomes ignorant and angry. Catherine chooses to marry Edgar Linton, a rich neighbor whom she naively believes will take care of her and Heathcliff. However, Heathcliff interprets this move as rejection, and he runs away for several years.When he returns, he has mysteriously acquires wealth and prestige, though his brooding nature has not been appeased. He has vowed revenge against all of those who have wronged him. When Catherine is confronted by her two loves, Edgar and Heathcliff, she falls ill and dies after giving birth to Cathy. Before she dies, however, she and Heathcliff reassert their undying love to each other.Now, many years later, Heathcliff is more embittered than ever, and he lives to torment the offspring of his long-dead enemies. But he is constantly conscious of Catherine’s post-mortem presence, and he is pulled toward eternal love and happiness with her beyond the grave.AnalysisDespite the many narratives-within-a-narrative (the story is a diary entry, often recording Nelly’s narrative, who in turn often relates the detailed speeches of others), I found the story surprisingly easy to follow on audiobook. I enjoyed listening to the heavily accented speech of Joseph and other characters, though I also checked a paperback out from the library to understand what they were actually saying!Nelly’s judgmental comments about the devilish behavior of Catherine and Heathcliff, which only seems to worsen with time, make the pair seem irresponsible and deserving of any punishment that they receive. Nelly supports this viewpoint with the opinions of Edgar Linton and Hindley, both of whom despise Heathcliff and become frustrated with Catherine, and she portrays the lovelorn couple as ungrateful and spiteful.It struck me as odd that such a seemingly selfish and cruel pair would feel so deeply for each other. In my experience, relationships between truly destructive people such as Catherine and Heathcliff never end well. But their love persists and even grows stronger with each passing year.All of the other characters in the story judge the actions of Catherine and Heathcliff quite harshly, but their persecution only serves to strengthen the depth of feeling between the two. Every time Nelly criticizes their irreverent and even cruel behavior, I felt more sympathy and understanding for them and I began identifying with the persecuted couple. No one believes in them but themselves, and that is what makes their love so powerful and endearing.I found Wuthering Heights to be an enjoyable read; even more than Jane Eyre. Such a powerful story of love and loss ages well, and the unconventional use of an unreliable narrator had an interesting effect upon my view of the characters and story.The very subtle addition of Catherine’s ghost, which could be interpreted as real or could be read as merely a figment of Lockwood’s and Heathcliff’s imaginations, does not diminish the credibility of the story. On the contrary, the supernatural elements throughout the novel only serve to add to the dark, intense feelings between the two lovers.read more
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Well, this was the second time around. and although the book is well written in certain ways, great description and good dialog I know for certain I never want to pick this book up again. At some point it seemscounter productive to spend time on characters so unlikeable. I can't fathom why this is considered a great love story .There's more hate here. Not to mention how entirely self absorbed every main character is to a fault. I sure missed the point of this book and why it is believed to be a classic and a good read. Not for me.read more
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If I were a contributor to a dictionary and was asked for a definition of the word passion, I would simply write...."See Wuthering Heights". All the basic human emotions- love, hate, jealously, pride, are on display in this novel but at their penultimate height. Cathy just doesn't love Heathcliff- he is part of her very being. Heathcliff just doesn't hate his son Linton- he must fully destroy him. In real life, no one would want to meet, let alone spend any time with any of these people (except perhaps for Ellen Deane, a housekeeper who recounts the story to her new employer-good eye for detail as she spins her tale). But to live with them through the pages of a novel-pure heaven. No other book I have read from this time period even comes close to the modernity of this novel. Heathcliff and Cathy are not destined to be together, because Cathy is unable to forgo the warm pleasures that money can bring. She marries Edgar Linton, a good man devoted to Cathy and for a time Cathy settles in to this life. But as soon as Heathcliff re-enters her life, she is determined to possess him as she did before and Edgar must just understand. Why should he be jealous? Cathy asks. There is not hint of a sexual relationship between Cathy and Heathcliff but something deeper, deeper than even love. Edgar, like most human beings, feels unable to share his spouse in this kind of relationship and being thwarted in her desires, Cathy pines and eventually dies. But this happens in the first half of the book-what are the remaining 150 pages about? Since Heathcliff can never be happy since Cathy is gone, then he decides that no one will be happy and he takes his revenge. And what revenge! Just from general knowledge, I knew what to expect in the first half of the book but the second half was a revelation. Emily Bronte has created a character in Heathcliff that breaks almost every moral code of the time and yet the reader sympathizes with him, no matter how monstrous his actions. I can't think of another writer alive or dead who could have pulled off this feat so well. The writing is beautiful and the dialogues between Cathy and Heathcliff are richly poetic.If you haven't read Wuthering Heights, do yourself a favor and run to find a copy. Reading experiences such as this are rare- a perfectly written novel with characters you will remember forever. The world lost a great novelist with the death of Emily Bronte after only one novel. It makes the reader wonder what else she could have produced.read more
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Wuthering Heights has enjoyed a healthy readership. That speaks volumes because people do not continue to read something faddish.Long after most little books have had their day this one is still a gripping read. Everyone who has read this novel remembers Heathcliff and Cathy, but I remember the Moors as being an equal character.This novel is passionate, supernatural in it's intensity, riveting, dark, and passionate. Those are the adjectives that sing throughout it's sensuous prose.read more
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Since the moment I was forced to start reading this at school I fell in love with this book. I can open it at any page and feel instantly drawn into the story. The book falls open at my favourite passages, and is stuck together with tape because I have read it so often. This is not just a love story. it is a tale of a love that burns so deep it causes all sorts of horrors to occur in the name of it. The passion of Cathy and Heathcliff tarnishes everything around them until they are consumed by it. Her descriptive prowess allows the reader to picture vividly the wild moors, and the darkeened rooms of the house. You feel a chill when Lockwood is woken in the dead of night to a tap tap and the window, and you can almost forgive Heathcliff his cruelty when you see how it is born from Cathy's treatment of him. A book written with great passion and skill.read more
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You can't appreciate all the classics, right? Wuthering Heights didn't do much for me... Although the craftmenship is undeniable and its place in literary history firm and understandable, perhaps this is not enjoyable for most of the modern men... Or it could be just me.... Seeing the discrepancy in voting I hardly think so...read more
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This book is about a guy named Heathcliff and his life and experiences with his childhood love, Kathy.read more
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What my all time favourite book? Being an avid reader this is hard to answer but I'm always I'm drawn back to this one title by Emily Bronte. It’s exquisitely written with emotion, sensitivity and real humanity. I have seen several television adaptations of this book and none are able to capture its the rare essence. If you never read another book read this one.read more
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A classic, full of passion, madness and regretread more
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I disliked this as much as I loved Jane Eyre. It was overdone and over the top. I only keep it because it is part of the set.read more
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Catherine and Heathcliff fall in love when they are children, but because of thier differnet status in society thier love is forbidden. Thier love goes beyond the grave.read more
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Wuthering Heights is known as a gothic romance. I do not consider it a romantic story. It is dark, and "disagreeable", and utterly fascinating. It is difficult to feel sympathy for any of the characters, yet the story stays in your mind long after you finish it. What was this character's motivation? Why did that happen? What if.... Could it be.... One is compelled to reflect on human nature and the author's goals in telling the story.read more
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My English teacher once compared me to Cathy. I've since found my own Heathcliff!read more
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I tried to read this yesterday. I've tried to read it before. The characters just don't jump out at me like I'd like them to and I gave up after 10 or so pages.read more
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This is one of those books that make me feel guilty thinking about it, because it is a classic, and though I started to read this years ago, I think only managed all of ten pages before stopping. I absolutely hated it. I can't have been older than thirteen or fourteen at the time, though, so I suppose I should give it another chance at some point.read more
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Can you believe this? Hot, humid summer days and I'm reading Wuthering Heights? It's true. Just finished yesterday afternoon. I'm very slowly getting through some of the classic novels I've wanted to read for most of my life, and for the most part I'm enjoying them.Wuthering Heights, though, is a strange book with very strange characters. I had to keep reminding myself when this was written because I just wanted to slap many of the characters, especially the two Catherines for being so headstrong and selfish. As for Heathcliff's meanness and horrid personality, I still really don't understand fully, although his childhood explains a lot.This is a depressing tale of the families who live near each other at Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. They vie with each other for the two Catherines and everyone is unhappy. Wuthering Heights is dirty with vile inhabitants, Thrushcross Grange clean and ultra respectable. One family rich, the other poor; one educated, the other not. Complete opposites, and Heathcliff is determined to have everything.This was Emily Bronte's only novel, and I think we should be thankful for that. I'll admit I was interested enough in the outcome to keep reading right to the end, but I'm left with a feeling of having wasted my time. Oh well, at least I can say I read it, can't I?read more
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I refuse to review this title, but I can say its one of my favorites and not just because of twisted dark romance, but the sheer elegance of the writing and the topic which was shocking for the time period.read more
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A favorite canon book. Very dark, very juicy.read more
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This book is full of children who aren't raised correctly, so they have to figure things out for themselves, and when they do, things don't always go right. Many of the characters in this book love to get revenge on each other and try to make others as miserable as possible, only to regret it. I don't like this book because of how nasty the attitude is and how lonely the mood is, but it is good for showing the true character of people.read more
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Wow. I finally made it through this book. I am glad I did. Many people either love it or hate it. I guess I fall somewhere in the obscure 'I kinda liked it' category. I probably give it an extra half a star for the cultural awareness it has afforded me as I hear or read about it often enough that it mattered to me that I read the book.Be warned, six of the characters share three names. It took me a lot of time, from the very beginning of the book to figure out WHO everyone was. Once I'd done that she'd woven a web that I wanted to see untangled eventually. The plotline wraps up neatly in the end but, I think, without great resolution. The tale is one of love and hate and need, revenge and restlessness.read more
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the wonderful story of Catherine and Heathcliff. I hadn't read it since my O'level when I was forced to although I always loved the story. Not quite as I remembered it although this time round I completely got all the relationships, I seem to remember being a bit confused before because they all seemed to ahve such funny names. A truly great book.read more
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This book is beautiful, ugly, and upsetting. It's probably best to read over a rainy weekend with lots of comfort food... I'm not usually a fan of historical romances, especially in this time period, but Wuthering Heights is the exception. This is no prim and proper story about high society goings-on; these characters are broken, mistakes are made, and pride and anger really do have consequences. She chooses society over love (or perhaps over her own nature); he chooses revenge and pride. Both suffer for it.
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Always wondered if I'd enjoy Wuthering Heights. I'm still wondering. Any engagement I might have had was obliterated by the narrator on the Trout Lake Media audiobook version . The toned-down American accent she used for the more gentrified characters is bearable – but judging by her attempts at a Yorkshire accent, the book is actually set somewhere in the outer Hebrides. She also has A TENDENCY TO SHOUT, which makes the recording actively uncomfortable to listen to. I enjoyed Brontë's gruesome Gothic manner when I could focus on it – sadly, I can't face reading or listening through again. I'll find a movie version to make sense of it all.
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A clear and brutal description of obsession and stalking taken to the limit, disguised as a love story.
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Wuthering Heights is alive with all the passion of Heathcliff, the most hated character and his beloved Catherine. On the whole I can not stand Heathcliff; but some how this book still managed to transfix me and I keep reading it again and again. There is the very strange love triangle of the parents which is then passed down to children...my fear of giving away the plot prevents me from saying much more. It is indeed a true classic of English Literature.
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This is one of my very favorite books!! Many people don't like it because it is dark and people are very selfish and cruel, but thats what makes it great! It's a twisted romance about two people that are meant to be together but are to proud to choose each other! It may be a difficult read for some, but I highly recommend it!!
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This book by reputation alone is powerful and artistically well-written. Being celebrated as a distinguished classic is perhaps also why my expectations were not met in the type of fast-paced read I was looking for at the time, but the qualities of the writing still made it easy to appreciate. The story is widely paced; the majority of content is written in scenes of dialogue in past tense, and other times months and years skim by, forcing you to pay close attention. The characters are, for the most part, selfish, sensitive, and expressive with each other to a fault, which made the good and sensible characters (like the main narrator, Nelly) seem that much more precious. The general mood for most of the book I found somber and unsettling because the characters are very isolated and limited in social and personal restraint. Still, Bronte manages bits of hope and pity for all characters including the villains because she shows the effects of mistreatment, building resentment, and makes the reader yearn for change for the better. This strength of writing also elicits the positive theme of love’s power and blindness. A disadvantage for me was the amount of time and patience it required to absorb Bronte’s style. The staggered time line and the narration switching angles made the story hard to follow at times, especially if you’re eager to skim for the plot line and wishing immediate justice for the characters’ actions. This book makes you wait and requires limited distractions for optimal appreciation. The author has a very similar style to her sister, the author of Jane Eyre, and I would certainly recommend this book to those appreciating an elaborate and delicate style. Although I found the action of story to seem more frivolous and predictable, it was nonetheless absorbing and gratifying when given time. For full enjoyment, I only recommend this classic to readers with lots of patience and strong appreciation for well-written literature. Megan D.
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I hate this book. Heathcliff is a jerk, and it has an unhappy ending.
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The best Brontë novel I have read thus far. An excellent story that was dramatic and emotive without being over the top (the main fault I had with Jane Eyre). Very good on the surface and I'm sure re-reading the book would reveal further depth.
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> In Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John opines that honour sacrificed on the altar of love renders the love dishonourable and the lesser of pure lust. Heathcliff’s love for Catherine is an example of just such dishonourable love and is hardly the stuff of any romantic sensibility nor of the philosophical bent of Nietschze (“Beyond good and evil there is love.”) Heathcliff’s feeling for Catherine is egocentric, destructive and, a fearful thing not unlike the wuthering moors. Like the twisted tangles of brush that somehow manage to survive on the moors, the people that come into contact with Heathcliff are bowed and bent under the sheer force of his will, passion and temper. The idea of such an unrelenting, aggressive and unsparing devotion is both shocking and frightening. Beyond the linear narrative, this novel merits re-examination (re-reading) for its dense language, its allegorical associations and, the ideas about human nature itself.
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SummaryWuthering Heights is a dark tale of enduring passion and violent love. Set on the wild, rugged Yorkshire moors of northern England, this classic gothic novel follows the story of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, adopted siblings and lifelong lovers. Narrated through the diary of Mr. Lockwood, a tenant of nearby Thrushcross Grange, this strange and fantastic story tells of a love that transcends all boundaries—even death.Mr. Lockwood is paying a polite visit to his landlord, Heathcliff, when he is expectedly stranded there during a snowstorm. Forced to stay the night at Wuthering Heights, despite Heathcliff’s clear displeasure, Lockwood finds an unoccupied room in the grand house. Unable to sleep, however, he stumbles upon the diary entries of a young girl named Catherine Earnshaw, who writes of adventures with her young friend Heathcliff. After nodding off to sleep, Lockwood is awakened when the Catherine’s ghost appears at his window, pleading to be let in.When Lockwood returns to Thrushcross Grange the next day, he asks his housekeeper, Ellen (Nelly) Dean, to tell him the story of Heathcliff and the others at Wuthering Heights. Nelly begins her story thirty years earlier, when Mr. Earnshaw brings home an orphaned Heathcliff to raise with his own children, Hindley and Catherine.Though Catherine and Heathcliff are, for many years, inseparable despite Hindley’s cruel persecution, eventually the two seem to drift apart. Catherine becomes a proper young lady, and since Hindley forces Heathcliff to work in the fields after their father’s death, Heathcliff becomes ignorant and angry. Catherine chooses to marry Edgar Linton, a rich neighbor whom she naively believes will take care of her and Heathcliff. However, Heathcliff interprets this move as rejection, and he runs away for several years.When he returns, he has mysteriously acquires wealth and prestige, though his brooding nature has not been appeased. He has vowed revenge against all of those who have wronged him. When Catherine is confronted by her two loves, Edgar and Heathcliff, she falls ill and dies after giving birth to Cathy. Before she dies, however, she and Heathcliff reassert their undying love to each other.Now, many years later, Heathcliff is more embittered than ever, and he lives to torment the offspring of his long-dead enemies. But he is constantly conscious of Catherine’s post-mortem presence, and he is pulled toward eternal love and happiness with her beyond the grave.AnalysisDespite the many narratives-within-a-narrative (the story is a diary entry, often recording Nelly’s narrative, who in turn often relates the detailed speeches of others), I found the story surprisingly easy to follow on audiobook. I enjoyed listening to the heavily accented speech of Joseph and other characters, though I also checked a paperback out from the library to understand what they were actually saying!Nelly’s judgmental comments about the devilish behavior of Catherine and Heathcliff, which only seems to worsen with time, make the pair seem irresponsible and deserving of any punishment that they receive. Nelly supports this viewpoint with the opinions of Edgar Linton and Hindley, both of whom despise Heathcliff and become frustrated with Catherine, and she portrays the lovelorn couple as ungrateful and spiteful.It struck me as odd that such a seemingly selfish and cruel pair would feel so deeply for each other. In my experience, relationships between truly destructive people such as Catherine and Heathcliff never end well. But their love persists and even grows stronger with each passing year.All of the other characters in the story judge the actions of Catherine and Heathcliff quite harshly, but their persecution only serves to strengthen the depth of feeling between the two. Every time Nelly criticizes their irreverent and even cruel behavior, I felt more sympathy and understanding for them and I began identifying with the persecuted couple. No one believes in them but themselves, and that is what makes their love so powerful and endearing.I found Wuthering Heights to be an enjoyable read; even more than Jane Eyre. Such a powerful story of love and loss ages well, and the unconventional use of an unreliable narrator had an interesting effect upon my view of the characters and story.The very subtle addition of Catherine’s ghost, which could be interpreted as real or could be read as merely a figment of Lockwood’s and Heathcliff’s imaginations, does not diminish the credibility of the story. On the contrary, the supernatural elements throughout the novel only serve to add to the dark, intense feelings between the two lovers.
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Well, this was the second time around. and although the book is well written in certain ways, great description and good dialog I know for certain I never want to pick this book up again. At some point it seemscounter productive to spend time on characters so unlikeable. I can't fathom why this is considered a great love story .There's more hate here. Not to mention how entirely self absorbed every main character is to a fault. I sure missed the point of this book and why it is believed to be a classic and a good read. Not for me.
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If I were a contributor to a dictionary and was asked for a definition of the word passion, I would simply write...."See Wuthering Heights". All the basic human emotions- love, hate, jealously, pride, are on display in this novel but at their penultimate height. Cathy just doesn't love Heathcliff- he is part of her very being. Heathcliff just doesn't hate his son Linton- he must fully destroy him. In real life, no one would want to meet, let alone spend any time with any of these people (except perhaps for Ellen Deane, a housekeeper who recounts the story to her new employer-good eye for detail as she spins her tale). But to live with them through the pages of a novel-pure heaven. No other book I have read from this time period even comes close to the modernity of this novel. Heathcliff and Cathy are not destined to be together, because Cathy is unable to forgo the warm pleasures that money can bring. She marries Edgar Linton, a good man devoted to Cathy and for a time Cathy settles in to this life. But as soon as Heathcliff re-enters her life, she is determined to possess him as she did before and Edgar must just understand. Why should he be jealous? Cathy asks. There is not hint of a sexual relationship between Cathy and Heathcliff but something deeper, deeper than even love. Edgar, like most human beings, feels unable to share his spouse in this kind of relationship and being thwarted in her desires, Cathy pines and eventually dies. But this happens in the first half of the book-what are the remaining 150 pages about? Since Heathcliff can never be happy since Cathy is gone, then he decides that no one will be happy and he takes his revenge. And what revenge! Just from general knowledge, I knew what to expect in the first half of the book but the second half was a revelation. Emily Bronte has created a character in Heathcliff that breaks almost every moral code of the time and yet the reader sympathizes with him, no matter how monstrous his actions. I can't think of another writer alive or dead who could have pulled off this feat so well. The writing is beautiful and the dialogues between Cathy and Heathcliff are richly poetic.If you haven't read Wuthering Heights, do yourself a favor and run to find a copy. Reading experiences such as this are rare- a perfectly written novel with characters you will remember forever. The world lost a great novelist with the death of Emily Bronte after only one novel. It makes the reader wonder what else she could have produced.
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Wuthering Heights has enjoyed a healthy readership. That speaks volumes because people do not continue to read something faddish.Long after most little books have had their day this one is still a gripping read. Everyone who has read this novel remembers Heathcliff and Cathy, but I remember the Moors as being an equal character.This novel is passionate, supernatural in it's intensity, riveting, dark, and passionate. Those are the adjectives that sing throughout it's sensuous prose.
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Since the moment I was forced to start reading this at school I fell in love with this book. I can open it at any page and feel instantly drawn into the story. The book falls open at my favourite passages, and is stuck together with tape because I have read it so often. This is not just a love story. it is a tale of a love that burns so deep it causes all sorts of horrors to occur in the name of it. The passion of Cathy and Heathcliff tarnishes everything around them until they are consumed by it. Her descriptive prowess allows the reader to picture vividly the wild moors, and the darkeened rooms of the house. You feel a chill when Lockwood is woken in the dead of night to a tap tap and the window, and you can almost forgive Heathcliff his cruelty when you see how it is born from Cathy's treatment of him. A book written with great passion and skill.
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You can't appreciate all the classics, right? Wuthering Heights didn't do much for me... Although the craftmenship is undeniable and its place in literary history firm and understandable, perhaps this is not enjoyable for most of the modern men... Or it could be just me.... Seeing the discrepancy in voting I hardly think so...
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This book is about a guy named Heathcliff and his life and experiences with his childhood love, Kathy.
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What my all time favourite book? Being an avid reader this is hard to answer but I'm always I'm drawn back to this one title by Emily Bronte. It’s exquisitely written with emotion, sensitivity and real humanity. I have seen several television adaptations of this book and none are able to capture its the rare essence. If you never read another book read this one.
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A classic, full of passion, madness and regret
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I disliked this as much as I loved Jane Eyre. It was overdone and over the top. I only keep it because it is part of the set.
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Catherine and Heathcliff fall in love when they are children, but because of thier differnet status in society thier love is forbidden. Thier love goes beyond the grave.
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Wuthering Heights is known as a gothic romance. I do not consider it a romantic story. It is dark, and "disagreeable", and utterly fascinating. It is difficult to feel sympathy for any of the characters, yet the story stays in your mind long after you finish it. What was this character's motivation? Why did that happen? What if.... Could it be.... One is compelled to reflect on human nature and the author's goals in telling the story.
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My English teacher once compared me to Cathy. I've since found my own Heathcliff!
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I tried to read this yesterday. I've tried to read it before. The characters just don't jump out at me like I'd like them to and I gave up after 10 or so pages.
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This is one of those books that make me feel guilty thinking about it, because it is a classic, and though I started to read this years ago, I think only managed all of ten pages before stopping. I absolutely hated it. I can't have been older than thirteen or fourteen at the time, though, so I suppose I should give it another chance at some point.
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Can you believe this? Hot, humid summer days and I'm reading Wuthering Heights? It's true. Just finished yesterday afternoon. I'm very slowly getting through some of the classic novels I've wanted to read for most of my life, and for the most part I'm enjoying them.Wuthering Heights, though, is a strange book with very strange characters. I had to keep reminding myself when this was written because I just wanted to slap many of the characters, especially the two Catherines for being so headstrong and selfish. As for Heathcliff's meanness and horrid personality, I still really don't understand fully, although his childhood explains a lot.This is a depressing tale of the families who live near each other at Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. They vie with each other for the two Catherines and everyone is unhappy. Wuthering Heights is dirty with vile inhabitants, Thrushcross Grange clean and ultra respectable. One family rich, the other poor; one educated, the other not. Complete opposites, and Heathcliff is determined to have everything.This was Emily Bronte's only novel, and I think we should be thankful for that. I'll admit I was interested enough in the outcome to keep reading right to the end, but I'm left with a feeling of having wasted my time. Oh well, at least I can say I read it, can't I?
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I refuse to review this title, but I can say its one of my favorites and not just because of twisted dark romance, but the sheer elegance of the writing and the topic which was shocking for the time period.
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A favorite canon book. Very dark, very juicy.
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This book is full of children who aren't raised correctly, so they have to figure things out for themselves, and when they do, things don't always go right. Many of the characters in this book love to get revenge on each other and try to make others as miserable as possible, only to regret it. I don't like this book because of how nasty the attitude is and how lonely the mood is, but it is good for showing the true character of people.
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Wow. I finally made it through this book. I am glad I did. Many people either love it or hate it. I guess I fall somewhere in the obscure 'I kinda liked it' category. I probably give it an extra half a star for the cultural awareness it has afforded me as I hear or read about it often enough that it mattered to me that I read the book.Be warned, six of the characters share three names. It took me a lot of time, from the very beginning of the book to figure out WHO everyone was. Once I'd done that she'd woven a web that I wanted to see untangled eventually. The plotline wraps up neatly in the end but, I think, without great resolution. The tale is one of love and hate and need, revenge and restlessness.
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the wonderful story of Catherine and Heathcliff. I hadn't read it since my O'level when I was forced to although I always loved the story. Not quite as I remembered it although this time round I completely got all the relationships, I seem to remember being a bit confused before because they all seemed to ahve such funny names. A truly great book.
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