If you think that spitefulness is romantic, and that people destroying their lives is dramatic, go ahead and read this book But don t say I didn t warn you. Certain novels come to you with pre packaged expectations They just seem to be part of literature s collective unconscious, even if they are completely outside of your own cultural referents I, for instance, who have no particular knowledge of or great love for romantic, Anglo Gothic fiction, came to Wuthering Heights with the assumption that I was picking up a melancholy ghost story of thwarted, passionate love and eternal obsession Obsession turned out to be only accurate part of this presumption Having an image of Heathcliff and Cathy embracingGone with the Windstyle 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 You Can Find The Redesigned Cover Of This Edition HEREThis Best Selling Norton Critical Edition Is Based On TheFirst Edition Of The Novel For The Fourth Edition, The Editor Has Collated TheText With Several Modern Editions And Has Corrected A Number Of Variants, Including Accidentals The Text Is Accompanied By Entirely New Explanatory AnnotationsNew To The Fourth Edition Are Twelve Of Emily Bronte S Letters Regarding The Publication Of TheEdition Of Wuthering Heights As Well As The Evolution Of TheEdition, Prose And Poetry [ read Online Wuthering Heights º guidebook PDF ] by Emily Brontë º Selections By The Author, Four Reviews Of The Novel, And Poetry Selections By The Author, Four Reviews Of The Novel, And Edward Chitham S Insightful And Informative Chronology Of The Creative Process Behind The Beloved WorkFive Major Critical Interpretations Of Wuthering Heights Are Included, Three Of Them New To The Fourth Edition A Stuart Daley Considers The Importance Of Chronology In The Novel J Hillis Miller Examines Wuthering Heights S Problems Of Genre And Critical Reputation Sandra M Gilbert Assesses The Role Of Victorian Christianity Plays In The Novel, While Martha Nussbaum Traces The Novel S Romanticism Finally, Lin Haire Sargeant Scrutinizes The Role Of Heathcliff In Film Adaptations Of Wuthering Heights A Chronology And Updated Selected Bibliography Are Also Included I never expected this book to be as flagrantly, unforgivably bad as it was. To start, Bronte s technical choice of narrating the story of the primary characters by having the housekeeper explain everything to a tenant 20 years after it happened completely kills suspense and intimacy The most I can say is that to some extent this functions as a device to help shroud the story and motives from the reader But really, at the time literary technique hadn t quite always gotten around to accepting that omnipotent 3rd person narrators are allowed, so you d have to have a multiperspective story told by an omnipotent 3rd person narrator who was actually a character in the story e. g the housekeeper Ellen The layers of perspective make it annoying and sometimes impossible to figure out who is telling what bit of story and over, because so much is related as two characters explaining thing ✓ Wuthering Heights ✓ How can I find and put together the suitable words and write a review about one of the most iconic creations in World Literature One of those books that provoke such intense feelings that either you worship them or you utterly hate them There is no middle ground Every year, I revisit Wuthering Heights for two reasons First, it is one of my personal Christmas traditions and secondly, I prepare extracts to use in class for my intermediate level students This year, I finally felt confident enough to write a text I will not call it a review, but a summary of what this masterpiece means for me, what I feel each time I gaze upon its title. I was 12 when my mother made me a special gift I have a mother that gave me a book about self destructive love and a father that gave me Crime and Punishment a year later I know, they rock It was a thick volume with a dark cover A cover as blac all i care about in this goddamn life are me, my drums, and you if you don t know that quote, you re probably too young to be reading this and isn t it past your bedtime or shouldn t you be in school or something but that quote, hyper earnest cheese that is romance Wuthering Heights is somethingdangerous than romance it s one long protracted retaliation masquerading as passion and goddamn do i love it i can t believe i haven t reviewed it before i mention this book inthan half of my reviews, i have a whole shelf devoted to its retellings, so why the delay but better late than never no, it s not a perfect novel it s a flawed structure revealing the actions of seriously flawed people the framing device within a framing device totally awkward having nelly dean tell the story Ah the classics Everybody can read their own agenda in them So, first a short plot guide for dinner conversations when one needs to fake acculturation, and then on to the critics view A woman 1 is in love with her non blood brother 2 but marries her neighbor 3 whose sister 4 marries the non blood brother 2 their 1,3 daughter 5 marries their 2,4 son 6 meanwhile, their 1,2 elder brother marries and has a son 7 Then everybody dies, 1 of bad temper, 4 of stupidity, 3 of a cold, 6 because he s irritating, 2 because he s mean and tried to rise above his station 5 and 7 are the only ones left, so they marry The women are all called Catherine, the men are mostly called Earnshaw, and through intermarriage everybody is a bit of a Heathcliff Th
This is a review I never imagined I d write This is a book I was convinced I d love I just have to face the facts, Emily is no Charlotte. I m going to start with the positives The characterisation of Heathcliff is incredibly strong He is a man who is utterly tormented by the world As a gypsy boy he is dark skinned and dark haired, and to the English this rough, almost wild, look makes him a ruffian He stands up for himself, and bites back thus, he is termed a monster In a very, very, Frankenstein s monster like sense, his perceived outer image begins to permeate his soul Call a man a monster, and eventually he may start acting like oneHe s not a rough diamond a pearl containing oyster of a rustic he s a fierce, pitiless, wolfish man He is a very complex man, capable of great cruelty and k I understand why many people hate this book Catherine and Heathcliff are monstrous Monstrous You won t like them because they are unlikable They are irrational, self absorbed, malicious and pretty much any negative quality you can think a person is capable of possessing without imploding They seek and destroy and act with no thought to consequence And I find it fascinating that Emily Bronte chose them to be her central protagonists. When this was first published it was met with animosity because of how utterly repugnant these two characters were The way they go about their business caring nothing for others but themselves was enough for me to shake my head in complete and total judgment, as if Catherine and Heathcliff could see me and are then effectively shamed by their actions Wuthering Heights is epic, in my humble opinion, because I believe that the scope of this story is m I ve tried it three times I know people are obsessed with it I hate everyone in the book and I just can t care about a book where I actually hate the characters. And, sure, I get the interpretation that as terrible as Heathcliff and Cathy are, it s their love that redeems them, and isn t that romantic. No.