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Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is n
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published 2002 by Norton (first published December 1847)
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Alexandra Hawes Perhaps Heathcliff saw a somewhat resemblance between himself and Catherine's, and Hareton and Cathy's relationships. As both Heathcliff and Hareton…morePerhaps Heathcliff saw a somewhat resemblance between himself and Catherine's, and Hareton and Cathy's relationships. As both Heathcliff and Hareton were poor and uneducated young men, and the two Catherine's looked very similar to eachother, Heathcliff see's the similarities of the love that Hareton bares for Cathy, as he did to Catherine. It is un doubtable, that Emily Bronte purposely implements the relationship between Hareton and Cathy into her text, to convey a sense of hope and resemblance between the two generations' relationships, however, by crafting Hareton to be so much like Heathcliff, Bronte establishes situational irony. This occurs, as Hindley used to treat Heathcliff like a servant as a minor, and Heathcliff has imposed these vices onto Hareton. This was a lot of rambling so here's the compressed version of what I just said: HARETON AND CATHY'S RELATIONSHIP, REMINDS HEATHCLIFF OF HIS AND CATHERINE'S RELATIONSHIP. BECAUSE OF THIS, HEATHCLIFF CAN'T HELP BUT FEEL SOME SORT OF AFFECTION, AND SYMPATHY FOR HARETON, AS HE REMINDS HEATHCLIFF OF HIMSELF.(less)

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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
K.
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
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Chelsea
Jun 29, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  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.

No.
Larissa
Oct 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2007, read-together
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
Ellen
Jul 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
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karen
"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
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Eliszard
Jan 15, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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Amalia Gavea
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How can I find and put together the suitable words and write a review about one of the most iconic creations in World Literature? One of those books that provoke such intense feelings that either you worship them or you utterly hate them. There is no middle ground. Every year, I revisit Wuthering Heights for two reasons. First, it is one of my personal Christmas traditions and secondly, I prepare extracts to use in class for my intermediate level students. This year, I finally felt confident eno ...more
Bookdragon Sean
This is a review I never imagined I’d write. This is a book I was convinced I’d love. I just have to face the facts, Emily is no Charlotte.

I’m going to start with the positives. The characterisation of Heathcliff is incredibly strong. He is a man who is utterly tormented by the world. As a gypsy boy he is dark skinned and dark haired, and to the English this rough, almost wild, look makes him a ruffian. He stands up for himself, and bites back; thus, he is termed a monster. In a very, very, Fran
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Jake
Feb 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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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.
Ana
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Beware, there are spoilers.

I enjoyed this novel despite hating pretty much everyone in it.

Allow me to explain. This is the kind of novel that exhausts one with never-ending drama. So much drama. So much freaking drama.

The 7 Stages of reading Wuthering Heights:

1. Excitement

2. Confusion

3. Anxiety

4. Fear

5. Anger

6. More anxiety

7. The urge to read something uplifting, like Hamlet

In case you haven't figured it out by now, Emo Wuthering Heights is dark. Dark, gloomy, cold and gothic. Those who
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Kellie
Feb 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Madeline
Apr 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: the-list, ugh
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
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Vessey
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, dark, 5-stars


SPOILERS

Behold the wild, dark side of love.

“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.”

Passion. Desire. Love. Are they the same thing? If we are so intoxicated by someone as ending up seeing them as a mirror to our own self, is this love? It is. Sometimes. But sometimes it is sign not of devotion, but of egotism so strong that it stops us from seeing the actual person and we imagine a likeness that
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Ahmad Sharabiani
902. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
Wuthering Heights is Emily Brontë's only novel. Written between October 1845 and June 1846, Wuthering Heights was published in 1847 under the pseudonym "Ellis Bell"; Brontë died the following year, aged 30. Wuthering Heights and Anne Brontë's Agnes Grey were accepted by publisher Thomas Newby before the success of their sister Charlotte's novel Jane Eyre. After Emily's death, Charlotte edited the manuscript of Wuthering Heights and arranged for the edited vers
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Ahmad Sharabiani
902. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
ووترینگ هایتز؛ بلندیهای بادگیر؛ بلندیهای بادخیز؛ - امیلی برونته (نگاه ، جامی) ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه جولای سال 1977 میلادی؛ بار دوم: سال 1998 میلادی؛ سومین بار در ماه می سال 2007 میلادی
عنوانها: تندباد حوادث یا ووترینگ هایتز؛ بلندیهای بادخیز؛ بلندیهای بادخیز (وودرینگ هایتز)؛ بلندیهای بادگیر؛ بلندیهای بادگیر (وادرینگ هایتز)؛ بلندیهای بادگیر (عشق هرگز نمیمیرد)؛ بلندیهای بادگیر (وادرینگ هایتس)؛ بلندیهای بادگیر یا عشق هرگز نمیمیرد؛ به رزاییه کانی بهربا؛ عش
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Fabian
Mar 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Believe it or not, not a fan.

The story itself is unique & very original, a precursor for many Victorian thrillers and haunted house spectaculars. But there was no engine in my brain to ease down the process; reading this is like reading something that is altogether MANDATORY. I guess its a classic because enough people have read it to distinguish it from better books.

The character of Heathcliff is a vampire who sucks the life out of everyone in the household at Wuthering Heights & its ne
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Nataliya
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads

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
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Samadrita
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
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Henry Avila
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cathy and Heathcliff, a love story? At the beginning of our narrative Mr.Lockwood, a tenant of Thrushcross Grange, visits his landlord Mr.Heathcliff, at Wuthering Heights, four long miles away, across the cold, eerie, moors, people back then walked a great distance, they had few options, without much complaining, troubled Lockwood, wants to get away from society (he came to the right place). The setting is northern England, 1801, in the Yorkshire Moors, a vast, remote, desolate, and gloomy grass ...more
Matthew
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthew by: H Hunt
Shelves: 2016, audio, classic, library
Misery, duplicity, revenge, unhealthy family relationships - Wuthering Heights has it all!

Whenever I hear the name Brontë, I start thinking about classic books, with ladies and gentlemen courting each other . . . but, I guess I need to stop confusing Brontë with Austin.

This book is brutal. Every page is an argument, a dark plot, a deathly ill character, or an actual death. There is no joy in Wuthering Heights!

Writing wise, it was pretty good. Not my usual style, but I like to knock out a classic
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Jason Koivu
Sep 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë

Vile people are mean to one another.

The End
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
Brad
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
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Kalliope
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it



Well, well, well…

Hell should not be a surprise. We live surrounded by the notion that it threatens us all at the end of our days. What I did not expect was to find it in this book. My delusion had made me avoid reading Wuthering Heights for years. I had thought it was a passionate, histrionic and corny love story draped in gothic garb.

But this was evil on earth, with Bosch’s horrid Tree-Man reappearing under the name of Heathcliff, swallowing into its vile frame anything that dared approach it
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Diane
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
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Fernando
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
HP Lovecraft ubicaba este libro entre los mejores del género del terror. Para él, el hecho de que Heathcliff profanara dos veces la tumba de Catalina era tremendo. También nos da una idea del punto sin retorno al que el amor nos puede llevar.
Esta historia tuvo características emblemática, poderosa y revolucionaria para la época en que se escribió. Emily Brontë solamente escribió este libro, pero adquirió su gloria eterna al relatarnos una tormentosa e inolvidable historia de amor que sale de tod
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Dannii Elle
I enjoy character-driven narratives and, so, adored this novel from the first time I read it, eleven years ago. The reason this has remained such a firm favourite, and why I ensure I reread this annually, however, is that in this intense and focused character study I found myself unaccountably and entirely drawn to every unlikable individual in it. I forgave every flaw and overlooked any ordinarily dislikeable quality in my blind adoration for these passionate creatures.

I was captivated by the r
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Whitaker
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
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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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“He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” 8023 likes
“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.” 6076 likes
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