Wuthering Heights, Paperback

Wuthering Heights Paperback

Part of the Wordsworth Classics series

3.5 out of 5 (9 ratings)


Introduction and Notes by John S. Whitley, University of Sussex. Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father.

After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man.

He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries.

The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, notes, bibliography
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781853260018


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GAH! Pretty much disliked this one, manic depression and child abuse rolled into a package that seriously had my teeth on edge.I prefer Daphne du Maurier for the same kind of atmosphere and would much rather lose myself in a Jane Austen for a period piece.

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Wow. I was expecting...so much more. I guess I should stop comparing siblings' writings--JANE EYRE was SO good. This book DOES have its merits, but not enough to balance the horrible characters contained within its pages. I really didn't enjoy this book. At all.

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I really like this dark story about an impossible and passionate love. I actually like that both main characters are very flawed, because it makes them human. I was very pleased with the ending, because there is some sort of redemption for love.p.s. If you are interested in a movie adaptation, I highly recommend the 2009 mini-series with Tom Hardy. I thought it was beautifully adapted!

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Wow. I finally made it through this book. I am glad I did. Many people either love it or hate it. I guess I fall somewhere in the obscure 'I kinda liked it' category. I probably give it an extra half a star for the cultural awareness it has afforded me as I hear or read about it often enough that it mattered to me that I read the book.Be warned, six of the characters share three names. It took me a lot of time, from the very beginning of the book to figure out WHO everyone was. Once I'd done that she'd woven a web that I wanted to see untangled eventually. The plotline wraps up neatly in the end but, I think, without great resolution. The tale is one of love and hate and need, revenge and restlessness.

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A story of love and passion between Catherine and Heathcliff that even death could not get in the way. You either like this book or hate it. You'll be surprise the violence and cruelty surrounds the characters in this book not to mention some foul language on the side. You'll never thought that it actually was written by a woman living in the late 1880's and a being a daughter of an Anglican minister. A Gothic epic romance that has served to be a basis for the famous 1939 movie which was titled the same as the book. Obsession of loss, passion for unrequited love, ghosts, madness, desolate setting and peace at death in the end. An absolute must read.

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