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Wuthering Heights

By Emily Brontë
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Publisher Description

Returning from Liverpool, Mr. Earnshaw brings with him a dirty, ragged, black-haired child called Heathcliff, and sets into motion a tale of destructive passions. The book’s two locations, the genteel Thrushcross Grange and the wild Wuthering Heights, serve as matching backgrounds to the characters of their occupants, as they struggle to gain the upper hand in marriage and power. All the while, the ghosts of the past seem to drive revenge more than inspire forgiveness.

Wuthering Heights was Emily Brontë’s sole published novel before her early death at the age of 30. Published under the pen name of Ellis Bell, a shared surname with the pen names of her sisters, many assumed that such a book could only have been written by a man. Reviewers of the time praised its emotional power but were also shocked at the actions of its characters, and most agreed that it was impossible to put down. After the novel’s original publication in 1847 it was revised into a single volume in 1850, and over time has become a classic of English literature. The story has been reworked into plays, operas, films, TV dramatisations and a ballet, and has inspired many further works of art, music and literature.

418 Reviews

Anxious Face with sweat“I never read a book that made me hate almost every character with a passion until the very end. The atmosphere of Wuthering Heights seeped through the pages like a dark, gloomy, and depressing fog and I enjoyed every page. I waited years to read this classic and I’m glad I can finally added to my list.”
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Thinking Face“I am conflicted to say whether I liked this book or not. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. I think I mostly enjoyed the fact that I got to read this at my own pace and not at a pace dictated by an educator. A review I had read on Goodreads by I believe a user by the name of Chia made an excellent point of Nelly being a biased and unreliable narrator. This assessment presented a new perspective for me as I finished up the book. Was it an interesting reading experience? Yes. Will I ever reread it? Absolutely not.”
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Loudly Crying Face“It took me a moment to get my footing with the language of the time but once I did, I was hooked. This is the original messy toxic relationship. I love every moment in this book. It was so full of drama and though some parts were saddening I feel in the end there was redemption, sorta.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveSuspensefulTwistyBeautiful settingImmersive settingHeartbreakingThought-provoking
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“this book was unbelievable,I loved it SO MUCH,it's so..oh I don't even have the words,amazing,incredible,wonderfully descripted,but sad,so sad and cold,and dark,but just wow.”
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Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I LOVED this book! It is so dark, autumn-oriented that I found myself loving and empathising with morally-rotten characters. The plot is unpredictable and some scenes incredibly raw and original. The only downside would be the first 100 pages, which are kind of slow-paced. But if you manage to get through them you won't regret it!”
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About Emily Brontë

Emily Jane Brontë (30 July 1818 – 19 December 1848) was an English novelist and poet who is best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature. She also published a book of poetry with her sisters Charlotte and Anne titled Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell with her own poems finding regard as poetic genius. Emily was the second-youngest of the four surviving Brontë siblings, between the youngest Anne and her brother Branwell. She published under the pen name Ellis Bell.

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