- Reading level: 3 - 6 years
- Paperback: 24 pages
- Publisher: S.Chand (G/L) & Company Ltd; first edition (1 March 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 935121527X
- ISBN-13: 978-9351215271
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Customer Reviews: 542 customer reviews
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Wuthering Heights Paperback – 1 Mar 2015
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Moving on to the book... It is the best book written by Emily Bronte... It is even more popular than Jane Eyre which was written by her sister. It is a love story and what I love about this book is this beautiful setting. If you have read the book already you would know what am talking about. It also have some gothic elements . And if you want to read this book then I would ask you to read in the Fall season... Because you will just have the best time of your life reading it.
The darkest and most passionate Love story ever written... Emily Brontë weaved such a world out of her imagination that she left the generations since spellbound.. With only one Novel to her credit she has left such a mark on the world and the centuries which is not comparable.. What Love can make you do.. The loss can make you do.. The Extent to which your passion can push you... How Revenge that can burn your whole world to ground...
Heathcliff, Catherine Earnsha, Ellen Dean, Edgar Linton, Hareton Earnshaw, Isabella Linton and Catherine Linton all are memorable and grounded characters who are full with raw emotions and desires.. and how the single bond of Love beyond any redemption swirls their world in the winds created by the loss of that love in those Dark forsaken moors, is something to behold... and How Emily has characterised their personas with the countryside she has created is beyond any comparison... Go for it.. Every Reader must read it in his life...
The Penguin Cloth bound format is really good but the corners does crease over time. The Cloth Bound edition is great for collection.
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.
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Perhaps I am being unfair, perhaps you are supposed to feel that way about him and my expectations of Heathcliff being the victim are misplaced. Generally I felt that book said more about misogyny and abuse of power than romance.
I am glad I read it but I can't say I liked or enjoyed it. No doubt ground breaking at the time especially for its Gothic overtones but that isn't enough; for me it has gone passed its use by date.
By how this story is framed, and not being told in a linear timeline saves it for me. The biggest surprise is the unexpected ending, Bronte builds a conflict to make me think Lockwood will save the younger Catherine (Linton) from her miseries – but in the end she, with the help of nobody else, saves herself, finding a happiness in love that evaded both her mother, Catherine, and her mother’s truelove, Heathcliff.
When I finished this book, I realised that beyond the surface Bronte was writing more than a love story.
I HAVE HAD A COPY OF THIS BOOK ON MY BOOKSHELF FOR AROUND THIRTY YEARS AND IT IS MY FAVORITE BRONTE BOOK.
For those that don't know Wuthering Heights, it is the love story of Katherine and Heathcliffe. Katherine's family take the orphan Heathcliffe in as a child, and Kathrine and Heathcliffe adore each other throughout their lives. Due to class differences and misunderstandings, they don't marry. The story is told like a ghost story, with Katherine haunting Heathcliffe after her death. Brilliant.
The love story running through it is heartbreakingly acute and brilliantly illustrated, encompassing issues of class, wealth and social status, neatly wrapped in a parcel of unequal gender roles and vacuously absent support networks.
Even though it is an old story, and perhaps because it is, it transports the reader to the place and time and you feel the genuine eeriness of the whole affair. The eeriest thing of all is that the young girl who wrote this book was probably just recounting a day in the life!
It is a requirement that anyone who reads should read this!
Well done Emily.
The two main annoyances are a) the book isn't split into chapters for easy navigation, which meant that I had to manually flip through the entire Introduction, and b) the footnotes don't work. The first is only a minor inconvenience and once I got to the text itself was hardly noticeable. The second is a major irritation, as one of the best things about Kindle versions of classic books is the easy navigation between the text and the footnotes. Particularly in a book like Wuthering Heights, where a great deal of the local vernacular is glossed, the footnotes are extremely useful. It's nearly impossible to go digitally thumbing for the book in search of the footnotes and then thumbing back to find your place in the text. It would have been better to reproduce this book entirely without footnotes.
The text itself is fairly clean, with only a few typographical niggles here and there. Still, for a paid copy of a book that is commonly available free of charge I would expect a higher standard of quality and am very disappointed in this edition. I'm currently awaiting the (free) Simon & Schuster UK edition, which will be released in August 2014, in the hopes that their version will be better than this.
P.S. As the above review makes clear, Amazon (!), I was discussing the Penguin and OWC editions of the novel. As usual Amazon fail to discriminate which edition is under review. I have now purchased the Norton International edition on kindle annd would like to request that more Norton Critical editions be made available on kindle. The current selection available is an odd mixture of well known and obscure titles. More Jane Austen and Henry James would be welcome, for example. This edition of Wuthering Heights has everything a student could want, with the kindle bonus of a selection of typefaces and print sizes. A pity the editor is from 'Wasington' according to the title page.