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Wuthering Heights

A book by Emily Brontë

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  • Jan 11, 2013
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There's something rotten in the manor of Wuthering Heights. A young boy is hanging up puppies like decorations, an elderly servant can't speak comprehensible English, and the master of the house is a maddened, love stricken gypsy hellbent on exacting vengeance on all those around him. Okay that's exaggerating a bit, but...

It's really hard to review a literary classic without saying things that haven't been said a million times before. And if you do, usually you'll be corrected by the puritanical literary community. Well, I can say that if for some reason you haven't read this classic gothic romance novel despite it being readily available on the internet (and even on your cellphone!), you are missing out. Even by today's standards, this is a pretty dark story, with lots of unpredictable dramatic twists, characters who could be good, but instead turn out less so, and a hero who starts out sympathetic but turns...bitter.  This is not a story about how true love is the answer; this is a story about how true love creates major problems and can turn very talented people into real life monsters.  But that twist to the traditional romantic formula is what makes it consistently interesting to this day. The story moves along extremely fast and I was always constantly compelled to figure out what happens next.

Is it good as JANE EYRE? I personally found in more interesting given that many of the dramatic twists concerning the central characters surprised me more than in JANE EYRE.  In JANE EYRE, you know who the protagonist is and you follow her throughout the whole story.  In WUTHERING HEIGHTS though, there is no reliable sympathetic protagonist.  The main characters are morally flawed, and the ones who aren't are just relatively static observers.  The heroes' passions become the root of the problems that envelop them.  That's what makes it compelling because you constantly want to see how these mad interactions will play out.  How will the next generation fix the mess of the previous generation?  Will it ever be fixed or will the "curse" continue? 

Just watch out for Joseph's extremely thick Yorkshire accent; the way that man's voice is written had me slowing down and rereading passages more times than I could count.  I'm sure there are teachers/scholars who must have translated the parts where he talks, but I haven't looked yet.

It's hard not to see why this is a classic gothic-romance. The themes of obsessive love and twisted romance are very modern and so instantly recognizeable to many of us. I should not even have to recommend it.  If you're reading this just to earn a grade in your high school English class, then I envy you.
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January 11, 2013
I liked Jane Eyre, this one I have heard of but I don't believe I've read it before.
January 11, 2013
Yes, definitely read this one if you have any time. Despite being part of the same genre, despite being written by another Bronte sister, it's quite a different kind of story than JANE EYRE. I was surprised by how quickly I was absorbed into it.

I would also recommend avoiding reading any synopses if you can help it...going in blind is more fun. :)
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review by . July 15, 2010
I was required to read all of the Bronte books (6 total?) for a class on the Bronte sisters. It's unfortunate that Wuthering Heights is the only book Emily finished before she died.      Her use of multiple narrators is something that one would expect to make the story unreadable, but it works considering our trust of the narrators is one of the things that is being questioned.      Wuthering Heights is much darker and deeper than any of the other Bronte …
Quick Tip by . March 16, 2011
recently I had watch a TV show about voyaging in london,and that show give us a detailed view about the background where Bront wrote her book, it's such a lonely place but full of imagine...oh,please give me more time to sigh up,lately I'll write if back.
review by . July 27, 2010
Reading this book has moved me to the extent of remembering the conversations of the main characters. There is something remarkable about this story; it kept me amazed on how their lives and the ones closed to them were connected. I am very convinced that it’s a must-read book. Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange were the two main settings of the story, itself. Both situated on the moors of Yorkshire in Northern England, scenarios of love and hatred between two families occurred. …
review by . July 08, 2010
This novel is one of the ultimate classics in my opinion. Never have a seen a story with this much character charisma and a plot that ultimately goes down a road that no one has ever repeated. Part of this I believe is because the novel does not have a conventional happy ending, in reality it becomes quite sad at about the middle when Catherine dies. The rest of the novel draws you in and you watch as Heathcliff fulfills his revenge which in the end comes to nothing because it relieves none of …
Quick Tip by . July 22, 2010
This is my favorite Bronte book, edging out Jane Eyre.
review by . November 15, 2001
Let's admit it, as good a writer Emily Bronte was, she wasn't as good a writer as her sister, Charlotte. Her only major work, WUTHERING HEIGHTS clearly illustrates that. The writing is superior to most fiction that one reads today and the story is rather interesting. Yet, it failed to catch my attention as easily as JANE EYRE did. There are very few likeable characters in the story (the young Catherine Earnshaw, the housekeeper, and the narrator) and the ending seemed rather hasty. Nevertheless, …
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Grade 8 Up-British actor Martin Shaw reads this shortened version of the classic Emily Bronte novel. His easily-understood accent is appropriate and helps to set the mood. Shaw reads at a very steady pace, pausing effectively for emphasis or when his character might be thinking. Usually calm and gentle, his voice can resonate with anger or other emotion when necessary. There is some differentiation in pitch to emphasize male vs. female speech, but it is not exaggerated or overdone. The abridgement retains Bronte's words linking speech or narration sometimes from one page to another. It provides students with an easier way to become familiar with the story and get a feel for her style. Teachers could use this presentation to introduce the novel or to entice students to read it on their own.
Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10: 0141439556
ISBN-13: 978-0141439556
Author: Emily Brontë
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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1984 (British first edition)

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