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Wuthering Heights (Bantam Classics) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1983
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"My greatest thought in living is Heathcliff. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be... Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure... but as my own being." Wuthering Heights is the only novel of Emily Bronte, who died a year after its publication, at the age of thirty. A brooding Yorkshire tale of a love that is stronger than death, it is also a fierce vision of metaphysical passion, in which heaven and hell, nature and society, are powerfully juxtaposed. Unique, mystical, with a timeless appeal, it has become a classic of English literature.
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Young Jane is raised by distant family who mistreat her and ship her off to school to be forgotten. Jane leads a rough existence, and loses her best friend to a sickness brought on by lack of food and heat in the school. When she comes of age, she takes a job as a governess and meets a mysterious stranger. Her life will never be the same.
And that's about the lamest synopsis I've ever done. The Manga Classics series is wonderful and I'm pleased to report that they didn't ruin this classic for me. I loved how subtly the artist worked cats into the story since she loves them so much. Also, the height of Jane and Rochester was based on the height difference between Crystal Chan and her husband. These little details along with some essays about the original story are included.
I received a review copy of this manga from Manga Classics, Udon Entertainment & Morpheus Studios, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this manga.
So, I'm trying to figure out how to write a positive review without just listing all of the positive adjectives in the English language.
It is an amazing story. It has everything that an excellent story must have. There is suspense, drama, thrills and chills... and romance, but not in a bad way (btw I'm a guy, and I don't go for romance related literature on purpose :) ). This book had chapters that were amazingly exciting, but in a way that wasn't "telegraphed", many surprises. And when I finally finished reading it, I concluded that every person should read it, but especially those persons that are about to get married.
More regarding the story, it's in first person, and it's supposed to be a diary, so don't get annoyed by, "Dear reader..." parts because it's not that much on a nose, unlike Hobbit that threw me off (mostly the riddle part, but whatever).
Another important note, the story has a lot of positive views and thoughts from the mind of its protagonist regarding relationship between a Man and a Woman, it was unusual at the time when it was published because it was protesting that time's view on women and what their place in the society/family/work, etc was as oppose to what it should be and mostly is these days.
Throughout the story Jane Eyre is in serious pursuit of equality and independence, and she demonstrates an amazing inner strength and she is willing to go through some serious stuff as long as she keeps her principles intact (sadly people these days, both men and women, are easily giving up on who they are and their principles for a temporary relief).
Regarding the style, it's easy to speed read, what else can I say, it's expertly written.
Also, just a suggestion, after you are done reading it, take a day or so for all of it to sink in, and then check out wikipedia for some interesting breakdown.
All in all, it was quite an adventure reading it, regardless of your gender and gender equality views, just read it and you'll understand a thing or two that was possibly escaping you all this time(or it will remind you if you forgot or got lost due the views of media and all that).
This is a wonderful way to read Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights even if you have read it before.
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