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Wuthering Heights (AmazonClassics Edition) Kindle Edition
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Raised together on the Yorkshire moors, Heathcliff and Catherine become lovers and soul mates so utterly inseparable that their destiny seems inevitable. But when Catherine’s desire for social status results in her marriage to Heathcliff’s wealthy rival, Heathcliff is consumed by revenge. And no one in his path will be spared.
Admired for its stark originality and condemned for its fiendish affront to the senses, Wuthering Heights polarized critics. For generations of readers since, its themes of gender inequality, religious hypocrisy, social climbing, and the violent extremes of romantic obsession resonate to this day.
Revised edition: Previously published as Wuthering Heights, this edition of Wuthering Heights (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
About the Author
Poet, teacher, and novelist Emily Brontë (1818–1848) was raised near the moors in the English village of Haworth, which became the setting for Wuthering Heights, her only novel. It is there that Emily developed her youthful fantasies and love of writing.
Due to a more guarded upbringing, less is known of the enigmatic Emily Brontë than of her sisters, Charlotte and Anne, both of whom were also published pseudonymously. Written under the pen name “Ellis Bell,” Wuthering Heights was published in 1847, alternately appalling and beguiling readers—some of whom even questioned the author’s sanity. Emily’s legacy proved so troubling that, after her death from tuberculosis, Charlotte took it upon herself to revise her sister’s poems and soften her standing among critics. Though Charlotte hoped to invent a reputation for Emily more fitting for the standards of the time, the fierce originality of Wuthering Heights endures.
Adapted for stage and screen, ballets, operas, and even anime, the story features beloved characters Heathcliff and Catherine, who are—next to Romeo and Juliet—perhaps the most famous doomed lovers in all of English literature.
- ASIN : B073QM98F5
- Publisher : AmazonClassics (18 July 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 1761 KB
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Print length : 142 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B0B9QS48GX
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Reviewed in India on 23 February 2023
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One of the best classics I have read to date and my current favourite. If you like reading classics, this is a must read.
A few lines that made my heart skip a beat
‘Oh, Nelly! you know she has not! You know as well as I do, that for every thought she spends on Linton she spends a thousand on me!’
‘He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.’
‘Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you—haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always—take any form— drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!’
So, what do I love so much about Wuthering Heights? Everything. Okay, maybe not. That wouldn't really be saying it strongly enough.
What I love about this novel is the setting; the wilderness. This is not a story about niceties and upper class propriety. This is the tale of people who aren't so socially acceptable, who live away from the strict rules of civilization - it's almost as if they're not quite from the world we know. The isolation of the setting out on the Yorkshire moors between the fictional dwellings of The Heights and Thrushcross Grange emphasizes how far removed these characters are from social norms, how unconventional they are, and how lonely they are.
This is a novel for readers who can appreciate unlikeable characters; readers who don't have to like someone to achieve a certain level of understanding of them and their circumstances. People are not born evil... so what makes them that way? What torments a man so much that he refuses to believe he has any worth? What kind of person digs up the grave of their loved one so they can see them once again? Heathcliff was not created to be liked or to earn your forgiveness. Emily Brontë simply tells his story from the abusive and unloved childhood he endured, to his obsession with the only person alive who showed him any real kindness, to his adulthood as an angry, violent man who beats his wife and imprisons the younger Cathy in order to make her marry his son.
It would be so easy to hate Heathcliff, and I don't feel that he is some dark, sexy hero like others often do. But I appreciate what Emily Brontë attempts to teach us about the cycle of violence and aggression. Heathcliff eventually becomes little more than the man he hates. By being brought up with beatings and anger he in turn unleashes it on everyone else. And Cathy is no delicate flower either. What hope did Heathcliff have when the only person he ever loved was so selfish and vindictive? But I love Emily Brontë for creating such imperfect, screwed-up characters.
This is a dark novel that deals with some very complicated people, but I think in the end we are offered the possibility of peace and happiness through Cathy (younger) and Hareton's relationship, and the suggestion that Cathy (older) and Heathcliff were reunited in the afterlife. I had an English teacher in high school that said Cathy and Heathcliff's personalities and their relationship were too much for this world and that peace was only possible for them in the next. I have no idea if this was something Ms Bronte intended, but the romantic in me likes to imagine that it's true.
Having an image of Heathcliff and Cathy embracing Gone with the Wind -style on a windy moor ironed in my mind, I was almost completely unprepared for the hermetic, moribund, bleak, vengeful, perverse, and yes--obsessive--novel that this really is. Don Quixote is not about windmills and Wuthering Heights is not really a love story. Heathcliff and Cathy's love affair (if it can be called that) is a narcissistic ("I am Heathcliff!" Cathy exclaims at one point), possessive, and imminently cruel relationship predicated on self-denial and an obsessiveness that relies not on passion, but rather borders on hatred. They are selfish, violent, and contriving people who have borne their fair share of abuses (mostly Heathcliff in this respect) and in turn, feel no compunction about raining similar abuses on those who they find beneath them.
Given this dynamic, it seems perhaps inevitable that these two characters would make not only themselves miserable, but everyone around them miserable--even after death. This is particularly easy to accomplish mainly because there are--with the exception of Mr. Lockwood, the tenant who rents a home from Heathcliff--no outside characters. Everyone in the novel (including the servants) is isolated, trapped between the same two homes, with the same two families, and have truly no chance of escaping any of the events and repercussions that occur.(One character makes a temporary escape, only to suffer all the more for it later.)
More important, however, is the fact that Heathcliff and Cathy don't even need be present (although they usually are in some fashion) for their influences to be felt by the other characters. The sins of the father, are literally, inherited and distributed among the next generation. The children of Wuthering Heights are not only physical doubles of their parents (At least 3 characters look like Cathy, and one resembles Heathcliff), but they are also spiritual stand-ins. They must suffer for past transgressions, and they must find a way to make amends for them. All, I might add, without the particular benefit of ever having the full story, the context that might be necessary to actually change their circumstances. Misery, it seems, is inevitable.
There is, of course, much more to be said about this novel. One could spend quite some time dissecting all the various repetitions and doublings, the narrative structure (the story is told by the housekeeper to the lodger who then writes it down as a diary entry), or the archetypal analogies and semi-biblical symbolism that seems to be implicit to every part of this story.
The point being, I suppose, that while Wuthering Heights may not be the wistful romance one (or maybe just I) expected to be, it is a particularly satisfying one for all of its dark and layered surprises.
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Reviewed in Australia 🇦🇺 on 11 September 2020
Os personagens se movem dentro de duas casas da Inglaterra rural, isolados do ambiente exterior. Wuthering Heights é uma delas. Até mesmo os casamentos ocorrem entre os moradores das charnecas. A história é apresentada através de três camadas. Alguém fora da casa inicia o relato. É Lockwood, o inquilino temporário.
O relato continua através de Nelly, a governanta, que narra ao inquilino os vinte anos de convívio com os moradores da charneca. Ela é contada em duas fases, a conversa chega ao final duas vezes.
Os diálogos descritos por Nelly completam a terceira camada. Nelly, por sinal, é um personagem tão importante quanto os demais. Onipresente. É interessante que a escritora tenha escolhido uma serviçal para transmitir as ações e sentimentos dos outros personagens com tamanha intensidade, profundidade e detalhes. Nelly é inteligente e tem ótima memória. O valor atribuído a ela talvez pode funcionar como uma das diversas percepções críticas de Bronte na Inglaterra do século 19. Além de tudo, ela é o contraponto de generosidade no meio das relações cada vez mais egocêntricas que vão sendo expressas com o desenrolar da narrativa. Nelly representa “o bem”.
O livro é considerado um dos clássicos da literatura inglesa e descreve a intensa e destrutiva paixão entre Heathcliff e Catherine. Heathcliff é filho adotivo de Earnshaw, o patriarca de bons sentimentos e índole fraca. Ele trouxe o menino das ruas de Londres, que têm origem cigana e pele escura. Foi bastante maltratado, e o tratamento abusivo continuou em Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff e Catherine, filha de Earnshaw, cresceram como irmãos, brincando pelos pântanos. Mas a paixão explode entre eles, embora Catherine rejeite Heathcliff como marido. Ele então deixa a morada, mas volta rico anos depois. Aqui há um ponto fraco: a autora não explica como Heathcliff ficou rico. Mas tudo o que acontece fora de Wuthering não tem importância.
Como um homem atormentado pela rejeição, Heathcliff volta para se vingar de tudo e de todos. Mas a vingança não é sua redenção. Seu comportamento abusivo vai sendo introjetado nos outros moradores, que se tornam abusivos também. O ódio de Heathcliff e o egoísmo de Catherine é refletido nas crianças, nos animais, nas gerações. O abuso e os ciclos de abuso permeiam toda a trama. O isolamento a que os personagens estão submetidos aumenta a intensidade e a repercussão dos eventos, assim como a falta de compaixão.
A força com que Bronte humaniza/desumaniza seus personagens é impactante. Os atributos do lado B dos humanos estão bem representados neste clássico: alcoolismo, abuso de crianças, abuso de animais, sadismo, crueldade, violência, humilhação, autodestruição, incesto, visões fantasmagóricas, alucinações. Sem a roupagem de época, “O morro dos ventos uivantes” é um perfeito conto de terror moderno.