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Wuthering Heights

Brontë, Emily, 1818-1848

(Paperback - 2004)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Wuthering Heights
Penguin Putnam
There are few more convincing, less sentimental accounts of love than Wuthering Heights. This is the story of a tormented foundling who falls in love with the daughter of his benefactor, and of the violence and misery that result from their thwarted longing for each other.

Baker & Taylor
In the eighteenth century, the lives of two families become intertwined through marriage, passion, and the dominating force of a man called Heathcliff, whose love for Catherine Earnshaw mirrors the powerful moods of the Yorkshire moors. Reprint.

& Taylor

In the eighteenth century, the lives of two families become intertwined through marriage, passion, and the dominating force of a man called Heathcliff, whose love for Catherine Earnshaw mirrors the powerful moods of the Yorkshire moors.

Publisher: New York : Signet Classic, c2004
ISBN: 0451529251
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC B
Characteristics: xiv, 322 p. ; 18 cm.


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Set on the desolate moors of Yorkshire, this is the classic tale of the passionate and tempestuous love affair between the orphan Heathcliff and the free spirited Catherine Earnshaw. Emily Bronte's Victorian tale is an intense romance of obsessive love, betrayal and vengeance. One that will effec... Read More »

Another title she remembered fondly from high school.

Heathcliff! The ultimate tragic romantic hero or a cruel and vindictive villain?

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Jan 06, 2015
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

When I started reading this book, I wasn't expecting much more than lovey-dovey-ness and old English writing. I found that instead, the harsh reality of life during this time period were shown in the deaths of characters, the accepted views of societal importance and customs was very different (they appeared to be more focused on hosting guests in their homes instead of, for example, meeting out in the town, or just saying hi). and the story description of this book would have been better promoted as a revenge and love story rather than only the latter.
Reading this story was very difficult for me, thanks to the uncommon language and diction, the drawn out descriptions and explanations, and finally the changing narrations. It was however intriguing to read about life and how it transpired in the late 1700s, I admit. I was not expecting the cruel humor and roughness that both Catherine and Heathcliff exhibited though. I thought they would be more like Cathy, all-loving and sympathetic, not harsh and rugged. I really did not like Hindley, but I really liked his son Hareton. I sensed he had a more sensitive, caring soul than his father, though he retained the stubborn and prideful traits. Linton appeared very weak in personality and character, which I found more knowledge-providing than his physical illnesses. I thought Ellen to be kindly though meddling, and Lockwood appeared to be a character added for the singular role of giving reason for the story to be told- I didn't find much character growth or attachment in him. Not sure I really liked the Lintons, or Catehrine and Heathcliff for that matter, but these characters were the most interesting during their interactions with each other.
In the end, I think it was an okay classic, though I'm not likely to read it again
(PS, I felt like I used strange word choice in this review...)

The greatest hate (or anti-love) novel.
Does not love supposed to make us better? Happier? Prettier? Smarter? Nope, according to E. B.
This novel is like a negative in photography. Everything is reversed: love makes you selfish, pathetically jealous, murderous, destructive...

Wuthering Heights is a great classic, written by Emily Bronte in the 1800s it still remains relevant today because of the universal themes it has. Wuthering Heights is not just a love story between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, but also a novel that focuses on much more. It acknowledges the difference in class and society, as well as gender roles of women in the Victorian Era. Wuthering Heights also focuses on themes such as revenge and has an air of mystery to it. Emily Bronte depicts love in such a different way from what we're used to reading about. Even though some of the characters and their ideas are greatly flawed, they are written so well. The author uses flashbacks to go back in time that it are easy for the reader to follow the generations. Heath Cliff, an adopted child comes to be Catherine Earnshaw's best friend, however when she marries her neighbor instead, Heathcliff leaves for 3 years and comes back wealthy and respected with one goal in mind: to take revenge. This happens for 2 generations between the Earnshaws and the Lintons. The young Catherine, Cathy Linton falls for Hareton, despite the ties of Heathcliff's revenge. No matter how old Wuthering Heights gets, no matter how much time passes, people will be able to relate to it because we as humans haven’t changed much ; even though technology has. We still communicate and feel the same emotions of love, hatred, betrayal, and revenge and because wuthering heights incorporate such real issues it remains a classic today.

Sep 04, 2014
  • vee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very interesting and complicated book about a love story and the destruction and consequences of abiding to social norms and revenge. I highly recomend this book!

Aug 01, 2014
  • ktallent rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The most classic revenge story ever.

Jan 03, 2014
  • danielestes rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Wuthering Heights came highly recommended, but I just don't see it. There's clever writing all throughout from Emily Brontë though that alone is rarely good enough to keep me engaged. Mostly this is a book of irritating people being generally bothersome. I'm sure I'm completely missing the larger literary importance here since this is one of the classics, but for now I'm not impressed.

Jul 08, 2013
  • sabita9 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the fifth time I'm reading this awesome book by Emily Bronte. I always get a new astonishing meaning from a different part when I re read. You will enjoy this book about revenge and heartache.

Jul 06, 2013
  • Indigo_Cobra_8 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

...2 stars is the average rating?? What the heck. I thought this book was great, not hard to comprehend at all. I loved Healthcliff and Catherine. My only complaint is that the second half of the book was kind of dull, but that's just because I felt apathetic towards the Cathy+Hareton pairing.

Jun 19, 2013
  • GerryD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Considered one of the Top 10 classic novels (my #9) of the western world. This dark novel is the best of a series of great novels written by female authors (others being Jane Austin, Mary Shelley, and Charlotte Bronte) in England during the early to mid 1800's, a period when women were not 'encouraged' to write novels. In many cases, their works were often published under a different name. See my GerryD Lists for other great novels.

Aug 24, 2012
  • biddies rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

extremely well written with characters that you can't help but hate

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Aug 17, 2012
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Aug 17, 2012
  • Kadie2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • p_gzpata9730 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 15, 2011
  • LuluY rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

A tale of a doomed romance between Catherine, the daughter of the house and Heathcliff a foundling.


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Jul 25, 2012
  • p_gzpata9730 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

love is a sacrifice

Jul 29, 2008
  • lilybelle rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"...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
  • kitten97 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: There is a lot of old time coarse language used by many of the characters throughout the story.

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