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Wuthering Heights

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  816,230 ratings  ·  21,121 reviews
In addition to the complete, authoritative edition of the novel, this volume contains, among other material: excerpts from The Gondol Saga, the juvenalia that Emily wrote with sister Anne and the basis for the later Wuthering Heights; newspaper accounts of the Liverpool slave trade, believed to be influential in the creation of Heathcliff's background; Irish folktales told ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published October 12th 2001 by Wadsworth Publishing Company (first published 1847)
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Aislinn Boyter I think Hareton reminded Heathcliff of himself and because of that Heathcliff was fond of him, which isn't love for Hareton's own sake but a love born…moreI think Hareton reminded Heathcliff of himself and because of that Heathcliff was fond of him, which isn't love for Hareton's own sake but a love born out of Heathcliff's ego. *Spoiler* I don't know if Heathcliff decided to let Hareton be with Cathy because of that fondness or if Catherine's ghost was wearing him down to the point of not caring for revenge as much anymore. (less)

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Dec 04, 2013 Chelsea rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: melodrama enthusiasts
I've tried it three times. I know people are obsessed with it. I hate everyone in the book - and I just can't care about a book where I actually hate the characters.

And, sure, I get the interpretation that as terrible as Heathcliff and Cathy are, it's their love that redeems them, and isn't that romantic.

Certain novels come to you with pre-packaged expectations. They just seem to be part of literature's collective unconscious, even if they are completely outside of your own cultural referents. I, for instance, who have no particular knowledge of--or great love for--romantic, Anglo-Gothic fiction, came to Wuthering Heights with the assumption that I was picking up a melancholy ghost story of thwarted, passionate love and eternal obsession. Obsession turned out to be only accurate part of this pre ...more
"all i care about in this goddamn life are me, my drums, and you"...

if you don't know that quote, you're probably too young to be reading this and isn't it past your bedtime or shouldn't you be in school or something?

but that quote, hyper-earnest cheese - that is romance. wuthering heights is something more dangerous than romance. it's one long protracted retaliation masquerading as passion. and goddamn do i love it. i can't believe i haven't reviewed it before - i mention this book in more than
I never expected this book to be as flagrantly, unforgivably bad as it was.

To start, Bronte's technical choice of narrating the story of the primary characters by having the housekeeper explain everything to a tenant 20 years after it happened completely kills suspense and intimacy. The most I can say is that to some extent this functions as a device to help shroud the story and motives from the reader. But really, at the time literary technique hadn't quite always gotten around to accepting tha
I understand why many people hate this book. Catherine and Heathcliff are monstrous. Monstrous. You won't like them because they are unlikable. They are irrational, self-absorbed, malicious and pretty much any negative quality you can think a person is capable of possessing without imploding. They seek and destroy and act with no thought to consequence. And I find it fascinating that Emily Bronte chose them to be her central protagonists.

When this was first published it was met with animosity be
Steve Sckenda
Jun 23, 2015 Steve Sckenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Desiring a Story of Unconventional and Destructive Passion
I stumbled across the threshold of Wuthering Heights with narrator Lockwood on a bitter night--blown along the lonely Yorkshire moors with drifts of snow. We expected a comfy fire, a convivial host, and perhaps a shot of warm cider with a love-story chaser. Yes, passion. We do get passion--demonic passion: passionate hate; passionate jealousy; passionate vengeance.

Upon arrival at Wuthering Heights, I was trapped in the stormy atmosphere and the tempestuous language. “I could check-out any time I
Emily May
This is my favourite book. I do not say that lightly, I've read quite a lot from all different genres and time periods, but this is my favourite book. Of all time. Ever. The ladies over at The Readventurer kindly allowed me to get my feelings of utter adoration for Wuthering Heights off my chest in their "Year of the Classics" feature, but I now realise it's time I posted a little something in this blank review space. I mean, come on, it's my favourite book so it deserves better than empty nothi ...more
I first read this in AP English Literature - senior year of high school. This book is dense and thick and confusing, and with a class full of haters, it was hard to wrap my head around it. I subsequently read it three or four more times for classes in college and every time I read it, I loved it more. I always found some new, fascinating piece of the story I had never picked up on.

The last time I read it, I suddenly realized that there were many hints and clues that Heathcliff could, in fact, be
Ah the classics. Everybody can read their own agenda in them. So, first a short plot guide for dinner conversations when one needs to fake acculturation, and then on to the critics’ view.
A woman [1:] is in love with her non-blood brother [2:] but marries her neighbor [3:] whose sister [4:] marries the non-blood brother [2:]; their [1,3:] daughter [5:] marries their [2,4:] son [6:]; meanwhile, their [1,2:] elder brother marries and has a son [7:]. Then everybody dies, 1 of bad temper, 4 of stupi
I read this book for my AP Literature class. I loved the teacher, loved the subject matter, and loved pretty much everything else we had read, so I had high hopes for this book. I must say, I made a genuine and sincere effort to like this book, I really did. I got half way through with no hope in sight, yet I perservered, hoping the second half would show promise in the next generation. No such luck. Although nothing tops the finale "love scene" between Heathcliff and Katherine, with Heathcliff ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
If you think that spitefulness is romantic, and that people destroying their lives is dramatic, go ahead and read this book. But don't say I didn't warn you.

Not often do I decide to edit the review - and change the opinion of the book I initially detested - mere days after writing a 'why I hated it' opus. Emily Bronte, you mastermind!

In addition to learning truly horrifying things through the comments from my fellow lovely Goodreaders (people have told me that not only Heathcliff and Catherine's horrible story served as an inspiration for 'Twilight - a story that's paraded as a love story; and - brrrr - that "in almost all polls on most romantic lit
It is a testament to the overabundance of cliches clogging the realms of literature featuring romance, that readers widely associate the middle Brontë sister's tour de force with vindictive fury, abuse and emotional excesses rather than love. Because bestowing approval on an unnatural, obsessive love that devoured everything in its vicinity out of pure malice somehow throws our moral compass into a tizzy.

Last time I read this, Emily Brontë had cruelly crushed a child's enjoyment of a book much l
If you've been following my status updates as I read this book, you can probably guess what kind of review this is going to be. (answer: the best kind!) So let's get the good stuff out of the way first, and then I can start the ranting.

Good stuff: I liked some of the characters. Ellen was sweet, and seemed to be the only sensible person in the story. And lord, does she get put through a lot of shit. Girlfriend needs a hug and a spa weekend after all she's been through. I also liked Catherine II
Renato Magalhães Rocha
I approached this book expecting to read about a beautiful and tragic love story: instead, I came across an intensive hate story, a revenge tale - but love was nowhere to be found. Actually, let me state this better: there was love at first... but it was the mere beginning, the catalyst. Love was there only to encompass all the hatred, to imprison it. It was not love itself, but solely a small and transparent bottle with a beautiful "love" inscription engraved on it - in a lovely calligraphy wit ...more
...I tell you, I have nearly attained my heaven; and that of others is altogether unvalued and uncoveted by me!
Perhaps it is because I have my nice and neat two years previous effort staring me in the face, but I find it difficult to settle on a catalyzing shade of feeling for this piece of now. Another possibility is, after reading this first in hate, second in love, third in awe (in all the blissful horror of that ancient word), further explication to myself of the qualities of this work see
This book was a fucking slog.

That probably sounds strange coming from someone who read the entirety of The Divine Comedy three times for sport, but damn; I'll take biblical poetry any day over this damn wreck.

My mother loves this book. So does one of my dearest writer friends. Sorry, ladies - it made me want to barf.

I understand the attraction, I do. The idea of being immersed in this world of secrets and following the dark, twisted lives of the stupid passionate characters can be incredibly ap
I was not prepared for how bleak this book was. I had seen movie versions of Wuthering Heights, but this was my first time reading the novel, and it was much darker than I expected.

So many of the characters are utterly unlikable! Cathy is selfish and foolish and obstinate; Heathcliff is brutal and vengeful and psychotic; Hindley is spiteful and venomous and a drunkard. And when Edgar and Isabella Linton enter the story, everything goes to hell in a handbasket.

Why, oh why, did Cathy marry Edgar
My goodness, but doesn’t Emily Brontë get to have her cake and eat it too. On the one hand, the story is underpinned by deeply bourgeois morals; on the other hand, she gets to flirt with wildness and nature. It’s like going on a luxury safari: you get to pretend you’re out in the wild but it’s wilderness with a champagne breakfast and air-conditioned tents.

Here you have Heathcliff, right, the stand-in for the forces of nature. And this is nature “red in tooth and claw”, Hearne the Huntsman, the
Aug 10, 2012 s.penkevich rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The lovers
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Sparrow
Honest people don't hide their deeds.

Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is a dark and enormously fervent tale of love and obsession. This is not love with lace, frills and flowers, but shorn of all the decorous notions to reveal an intensity more akin to beast than man.

It is no surprise that this novel was tough for early critics to swallow, with many citing unlikeable characters and going so far as to declare that the book ‘ presents such shocking pictures of the worst forms of humanity’ (from
I have a confession: I never read this book in high school, so this is the first time I’ve read it.

This is a stellar book. Heathcliff is a ‘moral poison’ of the worst sort, and yet there is a part of me that can understand why he was so obsessed and why his obsession led to a hardness and a madness of mind and morals. I can almost appreciate his will, the desire to see his plan execute to the final end, regardless of the cost to others, or to himself. Almost.

His withholding of his hand to destro
Stacey (prettybooks)
This post is part of the 2015 Classics Challenge.

Spoiler alert: I found it impossible to talk about Wuthering Heights without saying too much, so don't read ahead if you would prefer to know nothing about the book!

WHEN I Discovered This Classic
I have no idea! Wuthering Heights would have been one of the first classics I ever heard about, surely? Or perhaps I first heard Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush as a young child. But it was one that kept cropping up as a book I had to read.

WHY I Chose to
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I stopped at page 42. I couldn't stand the writing. Not only was it difficult to decipher -- call me dumb if you must -- but sentences, even paragraphs, that could have been summed-up with a few words were expounded upon pompously for pages. This is a shame, because I love dark love stories -- and that, along with what I had heard about this novel's strong character development, and its generally strong reputation -- made me think I'd love it.

But I can't take anymore of the prose, and I'm too bo
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 22, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
Emily Jane Bronte (1818-1848) wrote Wuthering Heights in 1845-1846. She was single. 28 years old. Never had a boyfriend. At 30, died alone refusing to see doctors. How could she have written an enthralling book about tragic yet endless love? How was she able to give the right emotions to her characters if she had not experienced those?

Most novels are based, wholly or partly, on actual events. Some are inspired by dreams or illusions. Still others are re-telling of earlier works. I searched entri
When my book club picked Wuthering Heights, I had the vaguest of notions of what it was about. A romance in the moors, I thought. I recalled a movie trailer from the past, people standing in the rain, staring at each other with smoldering eyes; people standing in the fog, staring at each other with smoldering eyes; people staring at each other, staring, staring, staring.

Also a snippet of dialogue popped into my head, overwrought and purple, the twist of phrase that sends teenage lit nerds into
When one thinks of books of the past, one typically thinks that today’s novels and entertainments are far more violent and vicious. There is a tendency to think of our own generation (or the one or two immediately preceding ours) as having invented sexual perversions, brutal literature, and genre bending and mixing. No one truly believes this intently, but it is a kind of humming substratum to our lives. That previous ages were “simpler” and “more innocent” and “better” and “more pure and wholes ...more
Wuthering Heights is many things. A late-gothic ghost story. A tale of love and revenge. A chronicle of violence -- physical, mental, emotional and social. A dark peek into human nature. A condemnation of England's broken class system. A sort of anti-Austen book without manners.

I've loved it since I first read it in grade eight. It's another of the books my crazy cool Mom foisted upon me in her big, three year pushing of classics that defined my reading tastes for the rest of my life. I love the
Barry Pierce
Jul 26, 2013 Barry Pierce rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't want to feel happiness ever again
Recommended to Barry by: Kate Bush
I hated everyone. I mean how can you like anyone in this novel? People say Nelly Dean is a nice character but we don't know anything about her past! She is the most unreliable narrator in the history of fiction!

I've heard people say this is a love story. Well, I don't think they actually read this novel. If tormented souls literally digging up corpses of loved ones is your idea of love then you are probably Dexter or someone.

I don't even know how to review this. Near the end I had to take it c
Wuthering Heights takes place in a dark, tiny, parallel place, like one of those rolled-up dimensions string theorists like to talk about. Whether the supernatural exists there is uncertain. The law doesn't, except abstractly. It's a more violent world than ours, more intense.

Like the writer of the Penguin edition's preface, I had been under the impression that Wuthering Heights was a great love story. Instead it's a great hate story. A likable - even tolerable - character doesn't show up befor
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Emily Jane Brontë was a British novelist and poet, now best remembered for her only novel Wuthering Heights, a classic of English literature. Emily was the second eldest of the three surviving Brontë sisters, being younger than Charlotte Brontë and older than Anne Brontë. She published under the masculine pen name Ellis Bell.

Emily was born in Thornton, near Bradford in Yorkshire to Patrick Brontë
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