Wuthering Heights (Hardback)
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Short Description for Wuthering Heights As darkness falls, a man caught in a snowstorm is forced to shelter at the strange, grim house Wuthering Heights. It is a place he will never forget. There he will come to learn the story of Cathy: how she was forced to choose between her well-meaning husband and the dangerous man she had loved since she was young.
- Published: 27 October 2009
- Format: Hardback 416 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780141040356 ISBN 10: 0141040351
- Sales rank: 8,160
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Reviews for Wuthering Heights
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A literary and cultural landmark
The beginning of the book is quite cold and intriguing and it is not until Nelly enters and starts the narration of the past at Wuthering Heights, that the reader becomes really addicted. The psychological exploration of the young Earnshaws is fascinating because it marks the characters for the rest of their lives and the novel. However, their relationships can seem arbitrary and whimsical, creating a non-sense that will eventually end up having terrible consequences.
On the one hand, I liked the novel, although I expected to love it, like I did with Jane Eyre. In my opinion, the problem was the character's illogical and too passionate behaviour that made no sense most of the time and was in the edge of mental insanity. But that might be the charm of this typically Romantic work, that fits perfectly the movement's motto sturm und drang (storm and urge). After all, the reader cannot forget the 19th century morals and manners, social restrictions and the terrible isolation that surrounds the setting in the English moors, one of my all time favourites.
On the other hand, the character of Catherine is one of the most interesting ones I've ever seen. She is passionate, bad-tempered, spoiled, cruel, loving, shy and terribly proud. She is everything and the reader will love her and hate it with every turn of page. She is complex and, taking into account Victorian codes, a very realistic creation, a victim and also a survivor of her times. Completely opposite, we have Heathcliff: who I still do not know what to think of. His cruelty is too irrational and the reader becomes interestingly accustomed to his bad-doings and revengeful attitude.
So, will I recommend Wuthering Heights? Yes, without a doubt! But I recommend it to anyone who likes Victorian/Romantic literature, because otherwise the too temperamental and passionate tone will tire you to death. If you are already a fan of this period, go ahead and buy a copy, because it is a classic and its intertextuality and re-interpretations have no limits. It's a cultural and literary landmark.
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