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Wuthering Heights [Kindle Edition]

Emily Brontė
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Bold and unique, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is a heartbreaking tale of love, loss and vengeance.

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  • File Size: 534 KB
  • Print Length: 625 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 184702226X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally wrenching, indeed! February 7, 2012
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I downloaded Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" to my Kindle and read this gothic novel for the first time since I was a teenager discovering 19th Century novels. I remember liking "Wuthering Heights" as well as Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre." I'm sure as a young girl I enjoyed the lyrical, descriptive writing, the mysterious, dark setting, and the passionate but impossible love. But now, forty years later and perhaps wiser, I saw so much more in the characters and the relationships, that it was almost overwhelming to read. I now definitely prefer Charlotte's Mr. Rochester to Emily's Mr. Heathcliff. Such a conflicted, tragic character, Heathcliff only gives small glimpses of human warmth. Yet those glimpses kept me reading and wanting to hope for him. Every character in the book is tragically flawed. But like water springing in hard, rocky soil, love breaks through in unexpected places (as with Catherine and Hareton at the end).
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate dysfunctional family December 13, 2011
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It's unfortunate that Wuthering Heights often gets lumped into the category of Victorian chick lit, because it probably has more in common with Dickens or Balzac than with Jane Austen. The various film adaptations often make much of the love between Heathcliff and Catherine, but that doesn't begin to cover the scope of this book. Wuthering Heights is no conventional romance novel. It is in fact an epic examination of human wickedness involving an ensemble cast that spans two generations over the course of almost 50 years. Filled with powerful imagery and unforgettable characters, it makes for a profoundly entertaining read.

Heathcliff, a gypsy-looking street urchin from Liverpool, is adopted by the Earnshaw family, who live among the moors of northern England at the secluded estate of Wuthering Heights. Mr. Earnshaw treats Heathcliff as his favorite, much to the consternation of his eldest son Hindley. When the father dies, Hindley seizes the opportunity to retaliate against Heathcliff, revoking his favored family position and forcing him to labor in the fields. Meanwhile, Heathcliff and his adopted sister Catherine develop a love for each other, but due to his servant status, dirty boots, and surly demeanor, she spurns him for her more elegant and refined neighbor Edgar Linton. Heathcliff resolves to revenge himself upon all who have hurt him, and the following generation of Earnshaws, Lintons, and Heathcliffs must also suffer the repercussions of his passionate vengeance.

The joy of Wuthering Heights is that there isn't a single character in the book who could be described as a good person. They are all at best selfish and petty, at worst deplorably evil.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! August 3, 2013
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First, it should be said that the style this book is written in will not appeal to everyone. As someone once said of the works of Trollope, it's "for patient readers over 30." For that reader, though, it's a tour de force, and will be in print 200 years from now, whatever form "in print" may take. Its tale of obsession, fanaticism and single-minded revenge is both gripping and chilling, and the ingenious literary device of telling the story not by a participant nor an omniscient narrator, but by a close witness speaking to a more distant one, conveys all the horror without directly threatening the reader. The ending was not to me satisfying, but I frankly can't imagine a better one. If this classic has previously escaped you, as it had me, correct that forthwith!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All-time favorite book July 27, 2011
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Wuthering Heights is timeless literature. I read this piece when i was about fourteen, and, although difficult to follow and differentiate between the Cathies and Lintons in the beginning, Bronte unraveled this work very thoroughly and revealed a ghastly and revealing story about two selfish lovers.

Heathcliff is truly the most despicable character imaginable, and for his feisty spirit he is one of my favorite characters.
Catherine is selfish and a character i feel a strong connection to on some levels.
Together these two complete a classic tale, which i would have fallen in love with no matter who the author. However, I am truly impressed with Emily's gal to have written this grizzly tale. For its time, this type of literature is a bold one, and for a women to write? Forget about it! That's a piece beyond the story I absolutely relish.

I advise anyone interested in reading this to pick it up and enjoy (possibly making notes, or just trudging through the beginning like i did, ha) But definitely read it twice over, at the very least, for a truly enjoyable (and understandable) read.
Anything below five stars for lack of clarity is no fault of the author, and is simply a problem with anyone reading the book. Yes, it is confusing sometimes, but there are pieces to that which complete the complex puzzle of revenge and human indecency.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true classic, must read for any BritLit fan July 1, 2011
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The first thing a lot of people who have read this are probably going to ask is "Why not 5 stars?", and indeed, one may be subjected to stoning for giving only 4 stars to such a well respected piece of classic literature. However, I have my reasons: for one, the book becomes a bit difficult to follow at times- when you have Cathy Linton Earnshaw, and Cathy Earnshaw Linton, and the one who is dead won't stay dead, that gets a bit confusing to begin with. There are a couple of other similar instances when the reader may have to turn back to see just which character is involved in a given encounter. Also, it seems to never be very well established just how Heathcliff went from having nothing upon his departure, to being wealthy upon his return. Perhaps not necessary for that to be fully explained, but at least some explanation would be welcome. Emily Bronte does one thing exceptionally well, which is painting a picture of Yorkshire and The Moors with words. Maybe people who are better readers than I will enjoy this more. I did enjoy it, by all means, thus the four stars, but I was not as enthralled with it as many others have been.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A great read. I've read it before but it's still just as great as the first time.
Published 20 hours ago by M5eickhoff
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of depth; ever-expanding on the realities of love and hatred.
Emily Brontė thrusts you into the unfathomable world of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, in which the whirlwind of extremes will leave you breathless with its beautiful... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Charles Hannelore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have read this book several times and enjoyed it each time.
Published 1 day ago by piedpiper
4.0 out of 5 stars the first love story
Very surprised to find the story continued after where the movie stopped. I can see why they chose the beginning, as nothing can compare to, the first love story
Published 1 day ago by Sally
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic for good reason
Gut-wrenching teen angst that turns in to adult angst and is passed on to the next generation. I read it about 30 years ago and loved it and enjoyed it all over again.
Published 1 day ago by S. Nikosey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorites
Published 2 days ago by Pat Longstreath
4.0 out of 5 stars Wuthering Heights
As good as I remembered when I read it over 40 yrs. ago.
Published 3 days ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time best romance novels ever
One of my all time best romance novels ever! Emily Bronte's writing is deliciousy enticing, deep, eery, haunting, and off course Romantic. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Rajnish Mehra
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts
What can I say, that thousands have already said about the Bronte sister's. For women that were isolated from the city and died young; they were amazing, and accomplished much in... Read more
Published 3 days ago by H. R. Lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This read takes off early and sustained my interest of the characters throughout the book.
Published 4 days ago by gilda sharp
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