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Windward Heights

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  87 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Prizewinning writer Maryse Condé reimagines Emily Brontë's passionate novel as a tale of obsessive love between the "African" Razyé and Cathy, the mulatto daughter of the man who takes Razyé in and raises him, but whose treatment goads him into rebellious flight. Retaining the emotional power of the original, Condé shows the Caribbean society in the wake of emancipation.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Soho Press (first published August 1st 1999)
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A lyrical retelling of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. I reread Wuthering Heights before I began it, which has made it fun to compare. It has the same general storyline but author Maryse Conde inserts her own themes of economic and racial disparities to the original novel's doomed love tragedy.

Like all of Conde's books that I have read so far, this is set in the Caribbean (on the islands of Guadeloupe and Cuba, in this case) and translated from the French. One more note- I am listening to thi
On one hand, I didn't gravitate to Wuthering Heights, so these characters struck me as being just as dysfunctional and insufferable as Emily Brontë's. On the other, there was beautiful language in this novel, so I can respect it as a literary work. So, basically, my rating goes between "meh" and "yeah, I did like it."
Jenn McCollum
The description of food alone is worth the read. Conde does a fabulous job describing the setting as she shifts Bronte's cold-climate classic to a hotter one, not sacrificing any of the character development along the way.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written with very interesting characters and situations. Could not put it down.
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Maryse Condé is a Guadeloupean, French language author of historical fiction, best known for her novel Segu. Maryse Condé was born as Maryse Boucolon at Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, the youngest of eight children. In 1953, her parents sent her to study at Lycée Fénelon and Sorbonne in Paris, where she majored in English. In 1959, she married Mamadou Condé, an Guinean actor. After graduating, she ta ...more
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