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Wuthering Heights (NEW LONGMAN LITERATURE 14-18) Paperback – 30 Sep 1991

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; Reprint edition (30 Sept. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582077826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582077829
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,562 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,302,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Emily Bronte’s Tale of all-consuming love is an omnipotent force to be reckoned with. It’s an intoxicating read" (Marie Claire)

"A beautiful gift, and perfect gems for bookworms." (So Darling)

"A dark and passionate tale of tortured but enduring love... Mesmerising" (Guardian)

"This brilliantly atmospheric Yorkshire saga has only one drawback - Emily never wrote another novel. For me, it is both fantastic but also true to life because the protagonists have such believably fierce emotions" (Kate Mosse)

"When I was 16 I read Wuthering Heights for the first time, and I read it as a kind of oracle; that life is worth nothing if it is not worth everything. Disaster does not matter, intensity does. You can dilute Wuthering Heights, as Mills & Boon and musicals have done. But if you are honest, you cannot escape its central stark premise; all or nothing. The all is not Heathcliff - that is the sentimental version. The all is what Heathcliff represents, which is life itself" (Jeanette Winterson) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Part of the Vintage Classics Brontë Series: three sisters, three major novels, beautifully designed --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
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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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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Five stars is just not enough to convey the brilliance of this story. Of all the writings of the Bronte sisters, this has got to be the best. I beleive that everybody should read this book at least once...I`m looking forward to buying a copy for my own daughter once she is old enough, which will be a while, but i`ll be making sure this is the first classic she reads! Wuthering Heights is an intricately woven tale of an eternal, unconditional, obsessive love between Catherine Earnshaw and her adopted brother Heathcliff. Cathy is brought to life as a spoiled, wild, passionate and somtimes spiteful girl, while Heathcliff is the mysterious, brooding and more than a little sinister love interest. Despite the characters being two very flawed individuals, somehow they manage to be beautiful and loveable all the same, perhaps because of their realness. the story is ultimately a darker, more poignant version of the romeo and Juliet tale of a love that was never meant to be, and the pride and obsessive love they share will ultimately destroy both themselves and everybody they love....Each time I read it, or watch one of the many film versions, which can never do it justice,I smile, I cry, I feel everything that they feel, and so will you! This has got to be the most beautiful piece of writing I have ever come across, each word perfectly excecuted to draw the reader in and transport him/her to the wild moors of england. Its so well written that sometimes you can almost feel the wind in your hair and the grass under your feet. Escapism, pure and simple. Buy it!
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 April 2011
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Like many people this isn’t the first time I have read this, and of course won’t be my last, as this is a story that seemingly captivates so many people throughout the world. One of the most original, indeed possibly the most original story in the English language, Emily Bronte’s only novel is a pure masterpiece and a pleasure to read.

Opening in 1801 the story then goes back through the last quarter of the 18th Century, and then up to the present, finishing as it does in 1802. Set on the moors and taking in two households, Wuthering Heights, and Thrushcross Grange this story broods menace and isolation. Although the nearest village is Gimmerton this does not really appear in this tale, although some of the characters do make trips to it and further afield. Despite the expanses of the moors and two largish houses as settings for this tale, in many ways the whole story is quite claustrophobic. As Mr Lockwood takes up tenancy in Thrushcross Grange he sets out to visit his landlord, Mr Heathcliff, whom he finds rather surly and disagreeable. From Mrs Dean the housekeeper of the Grange he finds out the recent history of these two houses, and their respective owners and families.

It all begins though with the appearance of the foundling who is called Heathcliff. Taking in love, jealousy, hatred, emotional blackmail, dysfunction and vengeance this is a story that will hold you breathless, no matter how many times you read it. From what could be an interesting story full of incident and jollity, Emily Bronte instead creates something that is gothic, dark, menacing and brooding. As we see the original characters become bitter and twisted we see how their actions also have repercussions for the newborn generation, leading to a seemingly unstoppable cycle that leads straight to Hell.
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