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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights (original 1847; edition 2007)

by Emily Brontë

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Title:Wuthering Heights
Authors:Emily Brontë (Author)
Info:Penguin Classics (2007), Paperback, 288 pages
Collections:Your library, Literature, Read
Tags:United Kingdom, Yorkshire, Emily Bronte, 19th century, literature, novel, Heathcliff

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847)

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I read this book as a challenge I set for myself. My readers and friends voted for a book to read in May, and Wuthering Heights was the book they picked. I didn't do one of my normal reviews for this, so I won't be posting it directly on Goodreads. It's long, ranty, and not very nice. So you've been warned. You can find it in full here: http://alifeamongthepages.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/review-sorta-wuthering-height... ( )
  Robert.Zimmermann | Oct 15, 2015 |
What I thought this book would be and what it actually turned out like were quite different. It's not a love story, not in any traditional sense of the term. Heathcliff is no brooding yet romantic hero, he's almost antihero material. I also wasn't expecting the manner in which it was told, as the story told by the housekeeper to the tenant, with some observations of the present breaking up the narrative. It made for a slightly odd story, as at times you knew more about the story than the people in it.
I'm not sure I ever really got what made Cathy tick, what made her make some really bad decisions that went on to change the lives of Edgar, Isabella and Heathcliff, as well as her own and had ramifications for the next generation as well. I found her difficult to understand and very difficult to feel very much sympathy for. Heathcliff I had a little more sympathy for, seeing he did have a hard upbringing and he thought he'd lost his true love, but that he should then turn out quite so vindictive and cruel didn't necessarily seem to follow. I also don;t have any truck with blaming your childhood or your parents for your current problems, it fails to hold any water after a while. So while I wanted to know what happened, I can't say I was at all upset that this did not have a happy ending for the older generation, neither really deserved it and both went out of their way to court unhappiness. That the next generation was making changes for the better was more positive, but the route by which that was achieved was, again, somewhat contrived. It all seemed to involve a lot of about faces in attitudes and trying to be something the characters were not.
All of which makes it sound like I didn't enjoy it - I did. It was far more enjoyable than I expected it to be, I just can;t say I'd want to sit down and pass the time with any of the characters, except, perhaps, Nelly Dean, she seemed to be the sole voice of reason and stability in the entire tale. She, at least, deserved her happy ending. ( )
1 vote Helenliz | Oct 4, 2015 |
While I get my kicks from vengeance stories (Count of Monte Cristo blew my mind at the extent of his revenge) and can understand Heathcliff's cruelty given society's insistence upon his position/worth in life (and the consequential loss of his soul devouring love), everyone else is so goddamn foolish I feel his pain at being robbed of the joy from their misery - like flies to manure. Bummer when classics ain't all that. ( )
  dandelionroots | Sep 24, 2015 |
A few of our group were revisiting Wuthering Heights this month, as most had read it in years past, but a classic such as this tends to offer up a little more of itself with each read.
Traditionally, the sense of place encompasses most readers of this novel and the isolation and barrenness of the moors sets the dark mood no matter how many times you read it.

But our discussion fell mostly on the clear class distinctions and the cruel manner the characters had towards each other. We wondered at the Brontes, their way of life and the amount of biographical content within the book.
It was generally agreed that this was a wonderfully written story, even though the dark tone throughout never really let up. The author has written a timeless classic that seems to have survived the generations and still stirs the heart and the mind today.

Our group questioned as to whether Wuthering Heights was a love story or a tragedy. The answer is sure to vary with every reader … but which ever you decide, you could never fail to find the truly timeless and enduring appeal of this masterpiece.

Monday Night Book Club ( )
  DaptoLibrary | Aug 18, 2015 |
I actually had to read this my first year in college, not high school, but I didn't get what all the hype was. It was a crappy love story, unsatisfying and annoying. I remember hating all of the characters. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
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La autora consiguió que uno perciba la fuerza, tristeza, alegría maldad y miseria de cada uno de los personajes con una historia tan fluida y bien narrada. Esta novela cuenta con sorpresas y giros, mostrando hechos crueles, apasionados y bellos, este clásico de la literatura pese a los años de su publicación maneja conceptos adaptables y reales a nuestros tiempos en cuanto a las relaciones sociales se refiere, es un clásico que no puedes dejar pasar
"wild, confused; disjointed and improbable"
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"In Wuthering Heights the reader is shocked, disgusted, almost sickened by details of cruelty, inhumanity, and the most diabolical hate and vengeance" ... "[it is] impossible to lay it aside afterwards and say nothing about it".
added by GYKM | editDouglas Jerrold's Weekly Newspaper
"How a human being could have attempted such a book as the present without committing suicide before he had finished a dozen chapters, is a mystery. It is a compound of vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors."
added by GYKM | editGraham's Lady Magazine
"We know nothing in the whole range of our fictitious literature which presents such shocking pictures of the worst forms of humanity."
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Brontë, Emilyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Booker, NellIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Daiches, DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eichenberg, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Exell, FredCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Flosnik, AnneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Forster, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Henderson, PhilipEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hinton, S. E.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kitchen, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lane, MargaretIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merkin, DaphneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nicoll, HelenProducersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Routledge, PatriciaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, CandaceEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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1801—I have just returned from a visit to my landlord—the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.
...he shall never know how I love him; and that, not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same, and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.
...my great thought in living is himself. 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. I should not seem a part of it. My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods. Time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees - my love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath - a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, 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 -...
...for what is not connected with her to me? and what does not recall her? I cannot look down to this floor, but her features are shaped in the flags! In every cloud, in every tree - filling the air at night, and caught by glimpses in every object, by day I am surrounded with her image! The most ordinary faces of men, and women - my own features - mock me with a resemblance. The entire world is a dreadful collection of memoranda that she did exist, and that I have lost her!
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From the back of the 1940 edition:

Emily Bronte was primarily a poet (Matthew Arnold said of her "for passion, vehemence and grief she had no equal since Byron"). Yet her lasting fame is build on her first and only novel, Wuthering Heights, written but a year before her death at 29.
Wuthering Heights is a powerful story in the tradition of Dracula and Frankenstein. It's background is the rugged moorlands of the north of England,and her characters are strange mixture of savagery and gentleness. It has been well described as "the strangest love story ever told."

It has recently been released as a motion picture staring Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier and David Niven, and universally acclaimed press and public,
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"My greatest thought in living is Heathcliff. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be... Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure... but as my own being." Wuthering Heights is the only novel of Emily Bronte, who died a year after its publication, at the age of thirty. A brooding Yorkshire tale of a love that is stronger than death, it is also a fierce vision of metaphysical passion, in which heaven and hell, nature and society, are powerfully juxtaposed. Unique, mystical, with a timeless appeal, it has become a classic of English literature.

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In 19th century Yorkshire, the passionate attachment between a headstrong young girl and a foundling boy brought up by her father causes disaster for them and many others, even in the next generation.

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