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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; Reprint edition (5 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853260010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853260018
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (532 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is as if Emily Bronte could tear up all that we know human beings by, and fill these unrecognizable transparencies with such a gust of life that theytranscend reality."--Virginia Woolf" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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'May you not rest, as long as I am living. You said I killed you - haunt me, then' Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 July 2014
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Wuthering Heights is a beautiful book. Though I think many do not know what it's about. This might be because the filmed versions tend to concentrate on the `love story' and leave out the rest of it. Who can blame the scriptwriters for this? Are they not giving us what they think we want?

Perhaps they are but in doing so they alter the public's perception of the book and we end up thinking things about the book which are not true.

Much `literary criticism' is utter garbage, and much of it is more imaginative than the fiction it talks about. I have read accounts of Wuthering Heights which claim Heathcliff - a character the BBC will tell you is black, when he obviously isn't - is an avenger for those non-white peoples who suffered under British Imperialism. This is the sort of twisted, white-guilt rubbish one has come to expect; and it would be amusing if it wasn't quite so stupid and spiteful.

These are the basic facts.

Heathcliff either is, or is possessed by, a demon. The book is a supernatural gothic-horror tale. That he is, or is possessed by, a demon is the reason for his violent temper and his psychopathic cruelty.

This horrific situation is filtered via a series of nested narratives, as one character recounts what was told to them by another, as is therefore not as obvious as it might be to the final reader.

I cannot make my mind up which it is: is he actually a demon in human form, or is he possessed by one. If I had to decide, I'd say he was possessed by one, though others, such as H P Lovecraft, disagreed.

I think if Heathcliff was a demon then there would be no need for him to become demented, there would be no internal struggle.
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126 of 139 people found the following review helpful By kerry_k46@hotmail.com on 29 Nov. 2001
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Right, where do i begin??? how did i ever live without reading this book?? i was told by some idiot that it was boring which put me off for a while, but i read it recently and was totally blown away!! It is honestly the most intense, passionate, maddening book i've ever read. It starts out strong and keeps on going, i actually had to force myself not to read it all in one night and to save some for the next day! Emily Bronte uses such powerful imagery in her prose that it just stuns you. The setting of the story in the Yorkshire moors was absolutely fitting, i doubt that if it had been set anywhere else it couldn't have possibly been half as powerful. The moors add to the air of mystery, gloom, beauty, passion,love, and tragedy. Heathcliff and Cathy are definately the most interesting and intense pair of lovers i have ever read of. Heathcliff especially provokes me, mostly because i cannot decide whether i love or hate him, and that is but one part of the genius of this book. Heathcliff is the hero/anti-hero of the book and just so utterly fascinating a character. The best ingredient of this masterpiece is the fact that the story takes place in such a secluded region, with equally interesting characters, away from the social niceties and civilities that are common in other books of this time. Therefore, the passion and tragedy of the love and hatred in this story is more strongly felt. I could honestly go on forever but i'll spare all you readers out there. All i will say is that you definately must read this book, i know that this is horribly cliche but it truly is one of the best books i have ever read in my life! You will not be sorry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louise Tassiker on 20 July 2009
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I recently took this book on holiday & found myself struggling to get into the story.

Fortunately i am one of those people who can't start a book without finishing it!

I seemed to be trailing over the first quarter of the book, some of the character quotations are very hard to understand (particularly Joseph) but if you take your time you soon get the hang of it.

The novel is written in a way that the gentleman telling the story is actually repeating the story as it was told to him by the main characters maid/nanny which brings a really interesting angle to the book.

By half way through i was addicted, i couldn't wait to find out what happened to Catherine and Heathcliff. I was lost in the novel and really felt part of it.

This is a good read and i'd highly recommend it but i would suggest having patience to get past the first part it really is worth it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alison L on 6 April 2014
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This review isn't of the novel Wuthering Heights itself, as I'm sure everyone either knows it or knows of it, and already has strong feelings about it. I simply wanted to comment on this particular edition.

As Wuthering Heights is my all-time favourite piece of literature, I have many copies of it, from a variety of publishers. Some of these copies are more reader-friendly than others. Some books, for example, have tiny letters, which makes reading a strain, even if you're wearing your glasses, and therefore renders the whole reading experience less enjoyable than it should be. Some use user-unfriendly fonts, which it is also hard to comfortably read. And in some copies, the print is all crammed too closely together, and makes you instantly wish you were reading something with the words and sentences, and paragraphs, more spaciously set-out - it looks better with more space, not so daunting, it enables you to breathe while reading.

And therefore I wanted to recommend this particular edition, because it is the best version I have come across, in terms of all the things I've mentioned above. It has nice large letters - not too large, but large enough not to be headache-inducing; the letters are printed using an attractive font; there is enough space between the words, sentences and paragraphs to give the page a nice, spacious look.

This might sound like nit-picking, but if you want to ultimize your reading experience, I believe these things really do make a big difference. At last - a copy of Wuthering Heights I can read without hunching over it with a magnifying glass.
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