Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

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Emily Bronte's only novel, a work of tremendous and far-reaching influence, the Penguin Classics edition of Wuthering Heights is the definitive edition of the text, edited with an introduction by Pauline Nestor.
Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before; of the intense relationship between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw; and how Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations of her class. As Heathcliff's bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past.
In this edition, a new preface by Lucasta Miller, author of The Bronte Myth , looks at the ways in which the novel has been interpreted, from Charlotte Bronte onwards. This complements Pauline Nestor's introduction, which discusses changing critical receptions of the novel, as well as Emily Bronte's influences and background.
Emily Bronte (1818-48), along with her sisters, Charlotte and Anne, was one of the most significant literary figures of the 19th century. She wrote just one strikingly innovative novel, Wuthering Heights , but was also a gifted and intense poet.
If you enjoyed Wuthering Heights , you may like Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre , also available in Penguin Classics.
'Wuthering Heights is commonly thought of as "romantic", but try rereading it without being astonished by the comfortableness with which Bronte's characters subject one another to extremes of physical and psychological violence'
Jeanette Winterson
'As a first novel, there is very little that can compare to it. Even Shakespeare took over a decade to reach the clifftop extremities of King Lear'
Sarah Waters
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2003
ISBN: 9780141439556
0141439556
Branch Call Number: FIC BRONTE 2003
Characteristics: liv, 353 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Nestor, Pauline

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StrangelyExuberant
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

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kmobuckeye
Feb 11, 2019

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

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lsue_0
Aug 15, 2018

Of all the books I have ever read (and that number is numbingly large, English major and voracious reader of many genres), this is number one. Its draw for me has transcended the decades.

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tjdickey
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]

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kathylou
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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Bren86
Jun 05, 2017

This electronic version appears to be missing pages.

JCLDebbieL Apr 21, 2017

How messed up are Catherine and Heathcliff? Sheesh! A rather dismal read.

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jayne_priya
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.

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p_gzpata9730
Jul 25, 2012

2 people that have way different back roundes but fall in love despite what evereyone says

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LuluY
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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re_discover
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).

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p_gzpata9730
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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kitten97
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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