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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

eBook - 2010
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Publisher: London : Capuchin Classics, 2010.
ISBN: 9781620116739
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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A classic love triangle here, unfortunately very sad. What unfolds is the tale of the intense love between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations... Read More »

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Jul 01, 2021

Bronte is an amazing writer, and the thing is, I did not like the story at all, I want to set all the characters on fire except for Nelly, Cathy, and the 1st Linton, but I am giving this book a 4 star rating not because of the story, but because of the intricate writing and craft of Bronte.

Jun 20, 2021

I am speaking with the full ignorance and impertinence of a new Bronte reader here but seriously: why do people like this book? ⁣

I decided to read Wuthering Heights after being impressed by Gilbert and Gubar’s The Madwoman in the Attic, part of which analyzed the book’s biblical connotations (Thrushcross Grange as Heaven, Wuthering Heights as Hell, and the fluid movements of the two generations of characters). ⁣

I found the analysis quite supported upon reading the book for myself and was fascinated by the ever-changing dynamics amongst our characters. Besides the self-evident love triangles, the theme of “heritage” was also major for not only was it the reason for Heathcliff’s exile from and return to the novel, the three children’s combinations of their parents’ physical and mental legacies further highlighted the fine line between innocence and darkness. ⁣

The two Catherine’s, through their shared names, also represented the inherent “fallen-ness” and “redemption” of the Woman. ⁣

While I appreciated the novel intellectually, however, its characters were insufferable. All of them were marked by such obvious defects (Catherine and Linton by selfishness, Heathcliff by unconstraint, Edgar and Cathy by willful ignorance, Nelly by cowardice, etc) that only Hareton and the passive narrator escaped my active despise. Even the celebrated layers of narratives, while fresh, did not appear particularly contributive to the reading experience. ⁣

My first impression of the book came from Twilight, in which Bella repeatedly cited Wuthering Heights as one of her favorite novels and compared herself with Catherine. I can see some similarities here in the gothic setup, Edward/Heathcliff’s Byron-ness and the extremities to which the characters would go for one another. But unlike Bella, I was more bothered by than fascinated with our cast. ⁣

Call me unromantic.

Apr 09, 2021

Emily Bronte was a master of pen and paper and I am glad that I have finally read this lugubrious tale. However, the characters that I despised, I deeply despised; I was left with the bitter taste of disappointment in what I originally hoped for (a haunting, undying love between Heathcliff and Catherine). Heathcliff and Catherine did not love each other. Not really.
No, this wasn't love. It was 100% lust and longing and simultaneous hatred birthed from that initial rejection. Every spiteful, abusive action that followed after Catherine chose Edgar instead of Heathcliff then bled out to everyone else in their lives. Unlike most, this is not a "love" that I desire or admire. I only pity Heathcliff and Catherine.
I admit, I am one to always want a fairy-tale, "happily ever after" ending and I naively expected this (somehow) from a tome like Wuthering Heights. This shook me to my core and I mentally shake hands with Emily Bronte on her despairing masterpiece.

Mar 10, 2021

One of Emily Bronte’s greatest works, Wuthering Heights follows the story and life of Heathcliff, from his adoption into the Earnshaw family to his death. The book centers between the love of Catherine, Earnshaw’s daughter, and Heathcliff, from their inseparable relationship to the later strains as Catherine marries someone other than Heathcliff. This book is a classic recommendation to many readers, telling a timeless and poignant story. Classic novel enjoyers are sure to appreciate Wuthering Heights.

🏰 "Wuthering Heights" is even wilder and more passionate than "Jane Eyre," if such a thing is possible. Others have gone into the details of the story, involving a really unpleasant fellow, Heathcliff, who finally dies in the last chapter with a sneer on his face, so I will comment on the title instead. "Wuthering" is a dialect word, commonly encountered in the Brontë country of bleak, cheerless, windswept Yorkshire moors, meaning stormy weather. "Looks a bit wuthering today," you might say to a hard-bitten, suspicious Yorkshireman, but don't expect a polite reply.
The author of "Jane Eyre," Charlotte, was the last of the six children to die and the only one to marry. There was something about her that appealed to preachers. After two of them proposed to her, she finally married a third, worn down by all the asking. In fact, she was so worn down that she died six months later, at the age of thirty-eight. The other sister, Anne, was less successful as a novelist, her "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" rarely appearing on the Required Reading List.
--Richard Armour

Nov 11, 2020

Search for Wuthering Heights on for a family tree that shows how all the characters are related, also a short description of each character.

Oct 30, 2020

A literary classic, Emily Brönte constructs a rich, haunting narrative lush with scandal. Wuthering Heights follows the story of the Earnshaw family, mostly the story of Catherine Earnshaw and the family’s adopted son Heathcliff, who’s shared love is as great and terrible as the two are as people. Brönte’s writing is haunting and fresh despite the book’s age, and the characters are as vivid as they are horrible and tragic. The story challenged Victorian society’s view of religion and morality, and today still holds up in all its bitter, spellbinding glory. It is all at once unassuming and all-encompassing, and it lives on, deserving of its status as a literary classic. Emily may have been the least published of the Brönte sisters, but she is nowhere near the least creative— the tale seems to dance off the page.
@greencrushed of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Dramatic English Moor-lands characterized by barren, isolated and windswept rolling hills, provide the setting for Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Due to infertile grounds that lack sustenance for anything tall to grow, blustery and tempestuous weather frequent the moors. The plot of Wuthering Heights mirrors this weather and is surely no less turbulent. Two lovers, Catherine, and Heathcliff navigate their passionate and more often than not, ugly, relationship. Their love is powerful and raw. The nature of Catherine, Heathcliff, and those who surround them are laid bare as fondness transforms into obsession, care morphs into selfishness, and forgiveness distorts into vengeance. Though published more than a century and a half ago, Bronte’s words and characters are far more complex and bewitching than those of modern romantic texts. Whilst reading the book, I was transported to a dark and bleak land where the definition of love no longer includes kindness, but something far more intriguing and monstrous. For those who are not faint of heart, Wuthering heights is an absolute must read.
@ReadingGOAT of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 29, 2020

Wuthering heights contains traces of the secrets that humanity never hopes to admit to itself: that an abuser is a hurt but still disgusting person, that a weak person is more disgusting for their inability to do anything, that madness is strangely enthralling and relatable, and that the mistakes of the past can never be fully fixed. Years and years of turmoil roll like fog over the moors of this story, and though there is no protagonist, no consistent line of thinking, and no hope, the beauty in a life of pain is felt deeply throughout what is definitely a haunting story like no other in existence.

Aug 11, 2020

Wuthering Heights is a book about the love story between two households. It is told through Mr. Lockwood who learns about the history of Wuthering Heights through a long time housekeeper Mrs. Dean. I really enjoy the surprising twists and turns in the story always catching me by surprise. The story is hard to read because of the abundance of vocabulary and old English used. I think the best part of the novel is its use of descriptions. The descriptions allows me to imagine what the two fictional mansions look like. The book portrays life as an inhumane and dark place to live in. The only thing that is left after reading the book is my heart breaking and me filled with anger at the characters for abusing one another. The only thing that I think takes away from the book is the many details that I think are unnecessary, stretching out the plot too much. Other than that, I think it is a good book.

Aug 06, 2020

another day, another subpar film adaption of this encompassing classic. do yourself a favor and see for yourself why this story has persisted for so long, it cannot be translated to the screen!

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Jun 29, 2016

When Catherine chooses Edgar over her true lover, Heathcliff, he decides to take power over everything.

Kadie2 Aug 17, 2012

Lockwood, a new tenant, has stumbled upon his landlord and the cold house he owns. He realizes, one night when forced to spend the evening at his landlords place, that everyone and everything about the house they live in holds a story. More nosy than curious, Lockwood persues a maid to tell the haunted story of Heathcliff (the landlord) and how he came to be.

Jul 25, 2012

2 people that have way different back roundes but fall in love despite what evereyone says

Aug 15, 2011

A story within a story- 2 tales of 2 generations that fall madly in love, and the darkness that ensues because one's love is denied. This isn't some pretty love story, it's a dark yet memorable novel of how love manages to live on- despite all odds.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

A tale of a doomed romance between Catherine, the daughter of the house and Heathcliff a foundling.


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Sep 10, 2017

Nelly (Ellen): "...treachery, and violence, are spears pointed at both ends- they wound those who resort to them, worse than their enemies" (211).

Jul 25, 2012

love is a sacrifice

lilybelle Jul 29, 2008

"...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"


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Aug 01, 2012

Coarse Language: There is a lot of old time coarse language used by many of the characters throughout the story.

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