Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

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Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.

In a house haunted by memories, the past is everywhere ...

As darkness falls, a man caught in a snowstorm is forced to shelter at the strange, grim house Wuthering Heights. It is a place he will never forget. There he will come to learn the story of Cathy: how she was forced to choose between her well-meaning husband and the dangerous man she had loved since she was young. How her choice led to betrayal and terrible revenge - and continues to torment those in the present. How love can transgress authority, convention, even death.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Classics, 2008.
ISBN: 9780141040356
Characteristics: liv, 353 p., geneal. table ; 21 cm.


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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

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.

LPL_KatieF Mar 03, 2019

2019 Book Squad Reading Goals - Book I meant to read last year

Feb 11, 2019

A classic that will always satisfy my need for a really good classic novel

Aug 14, 2018

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.

SPPL_Violet Mar 19, 2018

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.

ArapahoeSteffen Mar 06, 2018

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."[26]

Mar 04, 2018

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.

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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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