Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

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Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Guild America Books : Doubleday Book & Music clubs, Inc., [197-?].
Edition: Book Club edition
ISBN: 9780880299183
Characteristics: ix, 290 pages ;,22 cm.


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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!

takeclare Jun 20, 2020

The windswept moors of Bronte's novel are haunted with the ghosts of inherited trauma, witnesses to Heathcliffe and Catherines' dark story of obsessive love. A gothic novel of transgression, violence and passion - one that lingers.

Jun 11, 2020

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.

Jun 04, 2020

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.

May 27, 2020

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

Mar 30, 2020

Shakes you to the core. Every word is chosen carefully and it was passionate and obsessive all the way through. Highly recommend.

Dec 05, 2019

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

Aug 12, 2019

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.

May 27, 2019

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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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"

Jun 13, 2008

"It is hard to forgive, and to look at those eyes and feel those wasted hands," he answered. "Kiss me again, and don't let me see your eyes! I forgive what you have done to me. I love my murderer--but yours! How can I?"


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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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