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🏰 "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, Charlotte, was the last of the six children to die and the only one to marry. There was something about her that appealed too 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.
Search for Wuthering Heights on wikipedia.org for a family tree that shows how all the characters are related, also a short description of each character.
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.
@crookedcrows 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
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.
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.
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!
like most americans i loved an english accent and couldn't really tell the class differences. Now that I understand that the accent distinctions signal racism I no longer love an english accent. Its time to take a stand and sacrifice those aesthetics pleasures. A human life is more important than sensory pleasure.
The novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is an amazing novel! I personally loved the mysterious and suspenseful way that Heathcliff’s strange childhood is narrated. Similarly, the different points of view of the narration also allowed me as a reader to view the novel from different perspectives, therefore, I was not biased to one view of the story. Also, the descriptive imagery about the different estates was one of the most helpful tools in order to be able to comprehend this very advanced text. It allowed me as a reader to better understand the events that happened in the course of the novel. It also aided me in understanding the large themes of the novel, such as man versus nature. Thus, Wuthering Heights is an advanced novel, therefore I would recommend readers to be approximately fifteen years or older. I would rate this book a four out of five because it is hard to follow the plot sometimes, but in all, it is a very educational and enjoyable novel.
I LOVED Wuthering Heights. Despite the fact it was written in the 1800s, making the novel hard to read since people still spoke old English back then, the book is a masterpiece. It’s no wonder Wuthering Heights is considered a classic novel it has a captivating plot! From romance to horror this story has it all. The symbolism in the story is greatly used by Emily Bronte too as its set on the old wuthering moors of England and our main character just happens to be wild like the moors themselves. Ah, have to love wonderful symbolism. This book is a great novel for those with a deep passion for English and don’t mind a little old English but don’t worry because if you could survive reading Shakespeare in high school you will have no problems reading Wuthering Heights. 4.5 stars
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
Shakes you to the core. Every word is chosen carefully and it was passionate and obsessive all the way through. Highly recommend.
This was an exhilarating novel to read. The way Emily Bronte was able to describe so vividly what was going on and where it was happening was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the way not all characters were very kind people. It gave the book a certain depth to it that not all books are able to achieve. Though I enjoyed the fights between the 2 main characters, I also liked the way the love blossomed throughout the book. I would give this book a full 5 stars, because once I picked the book up I couldn’t put it down. As long as you are ok with more 18th century language, I can’t imagine that you won’t enjoy it. @Leafyreads of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë is a chilling novel, a cross between a classic romance and Gothic elements such as cruelty and emotional abuse. Although most of the action occurs between two houses—Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange—the story is jarring, absorbing, and intense. Heathcliff is first introduced as a pathetic and almost inhuman little orphan. Hindley, a rash and unforgiving boy, and his younger sister Catherine, spirited and mischievous, grow up together for the next ten years or so. Irreconcilable hatred grows between Hindley and Heathcliff, and a peculiar friendship that soon deepens into the strangest kind of love develops between Catherine and the latter. Wuthering Heights isn’t a domestic, pretty little book of the Victoria era: it’s grim, dark, and potentially repugnant. I found that it tested many limits, specifically as to how evil a person can be regardless of how much love is shown to them. However, courage, selflessness, and self-sacrifice were present also, as they are in real life. Perhaps, with all the crimes and horrendous actions we hear about each day from the media, Wuthering Heights is an artistic and complex meditation on raw, unfiltered human life. @StarRead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Been interested in the classics lately and Jane Erye made me so sad to finish, chose a book by the author's sister. The beginning was kind of confusing. I did not realize there was a story in another story. Lockwood has a bland narration and Healthcliff is rude, no one else really talks. Nelly's story is wonderful, in how she tells it not all the context in it . She tells how Healthcliff becomes the owner of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange and where his wealth came from. I got kind of upset how Healthcliff after all the horrible, nasty things he's done to everyone is still alive. As well, women like Bronte would not have had any physical experience of the world in such brutal ways, but she describes it so well. Not just the gruesome the pure too. Lastly, her idea two create essentially two stories in one was extremely clever. Loved how the reader gets to bounce back and forth between to narrators and the two stories become one in the end. Rating: 4.5/5
- @TreeHugger of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
This is one of the most incredibly emotional books I have ever read! The characters amazingly real and full of passion that is almost gone these days. Certainly I haven’t read anything from the last fifty years, maybe longer, that is so immersive and realistic.
Hearkening back to a more innocent time, this timeless story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff’s wild romance is steeped with the emotions of childhood and love that changes to an unhealthy obsession that touches every life in their families. Their passion lasts far longer than their lives, continued in a strange way by those who outlive them.
This is a story of love and revenge, of mistakes and regret that dog every character in this book. The exploration of life, love, choices, and consequences within three families and multiple generations, as seen through the eyes of a family servant and a stranger, is a raw look at the joys and sorrows that fill every life. A classic book I definitely recommend, and an excellent look at human nature.
This is one of those classics that I cannot understand the appeal of. I had to skim the last 100 pages because it was already going down as one of my least liked books ever. It so long to even get to those last 100 pages. Trigger warnings for anyone who has encountered possessive people or those with experience of eating disorders.
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A classic that will always satisfy my need for a really good classic novel
A haunting piece, showcasing the struggles between the light and dark sides of our human souls, and between sanity and exquisite scenes of madness.
The Great American Read project finally got this classic on my agenda, and I am glad.
Terrible people being terrible. While, for me, this does not live up to Jane Eyre, I do laud Emily for the beauty of her novel. Wuthering Heights is highly allegorical. It reads like a prose poem, full of symbolism, beautiful imagery, and intensely emotional.
I've been on a Bronte kick recently inspired by the recent movie, "To Walk Invisible" about the three sisters. I decided to read Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, whose poetry may be the finest work produced by the sister trio. I HATED IT. That is to say, I hated the characters and the behavior and cruelty even as I admired the writing style.
Here's a review I liked from Wikipedia:
Douglas Jerrold's Weekly Newspaper wrote "Wuthering Heights is a strange sort of book,—baffling all regular criticism; yet, it is impossible to begin and not finish it; and quite as impossible to lay it aside afterwards and say nothing about. In Wuthering Heights the reader is shocked, disgusted, almost sickened by details of cruelty, inhumanity, and the most diabolical hate and vengeance, and anon come passages of powerful testimony to the supreme power of love – even over demons in the human form. The women in the book are of a strange fiendish-angelic nature, tantalizing, and terrible, and the men are indescribable out of the book itself. Yet, towards the close of the story occurs the following pretty, soft picture, which comes like the rainbow after a storm ... We strongly recommend all our readers who love novelty to get this story, for we can promise them that they never have read anything like it before. It is very puzzling and very interesting, and if we had space we would willingly devote a little more time to the analysis of this remarkable story, but we must leave it to our readers to decide what sort of book it is."
This is another classic that I was pretty sure that I had read but find that I hadn't. I had read a reference to it and thought it was time for a reread. Ha.
No, it isn't a romance. Yes, the characters are very flawed people. It isn't set in 2018 or written recently. I loved the high drama, the depiction of the time, place, and expectations, and most of all, the fine writing and story.
How messed up are Catherine and Heathcliff? Sheesh! A rather dismal read.
I was very disappointed in listening to this book: the reader doesn't alter her voice much for the various characters, and since the book is largely comprised of dialogue between the characters (the Earnshaw and Linton families after the introduction of Heathcliff into their lives) and the narration is from the point of view, usually, of a female servant as listened to by a renter, its hard to keep track of who is saying what, and sometimes even who is involved in the actions. The reader's (Gibson) voice is rather old and raspy and cracking, and gets irritating after a few hours.
Highly overrated novel. There are soooooooo many other books worth reading. I'm sorry I wasted my time with this one. As others have said in their comments, this is not a love story. I think it was written by a demented mind, without much grasp on reality. After reading about Emily Bronte's life story, she suffered a lot of pain (from the death of family members) and ill health of her own. And this novel was the product of her suffering.
This is one of those books that everyone is supposed to have read, a literary classic, blah blah blah. It's been on my to-read list for ages, but I finally got around to reading it because it was on my sister's list as well.
Because it was written in the mid-1800s, I thought for sure I would have difficulty with the language, but it was actually a fairly smooth read. Several of the characters speak a North England dialect, but luckily, this edition of the book had a section of notes at the back that translated most of those characters' dialogue. And there were a number of places where I had to rely on the context to figure out a line or two.
The toughest part of reading this, really, was figuring out why anyone would give a damn about Heathcliff. He is one of the most unpleasant, thoroughly horrible literary characters I've ever met. A terrible, mean-spirited ogre from childhood straight up (almost) until death. His and Catherine's love is held up as one of the great loves in literature, right up there with Romeo and Juliet, but the feeling I got was less star-crossed lovers, and more two thoroughly unlikable egomaniacs that deserved no better than each other. Bill Sykes and Nancy from Oliver Twist were a more sympathetic couple.
Really, there were so few likable characters here; even the sometime-narrator Ellen made me angry. The only one I had even a little sympathy for was Hareton Earnshaw.
That brings up my other main difficulty with reading this book: the inter-marriage of the Earnshaws, the Lintons, and the Heathcliffs. I honestly could have used a scorecard or chart to remember who was married to whom, and how they were all related. And those relationships are really the crux of the whole story - the relationships, inheritances, and how Heathcliff manipulates them.
I found this old classic a little complicated in part, especially some of the archaic dialogue (like Joseph the old servant, still not sure what he was saying) took me a few chapters to get into, but interesting in terms of 17th/18th century way of life, especially from a moral standpoint. I feel inclined to re-read it immediately to gain a deeper understanding. Having said that, I was totally hooked by the end.