- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd (Mar. 2003)
- ISBN-10: 184022441X
- ISBN-13: 978-1840224412
- Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (790 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,030,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wuthering Heights (Wordsworth deluxe classics) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2003
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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 they
--Virginia Woolf --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Wuthering Heights is one of the classics which has stood the test of time. I liked the mixture of large and small designs: there are plenty of designs which absorb hours and days, but plenty of smaller pieces which are happily completed in minutes rather than hours but which still give a sense of satisfaction. The paper used in the book is of high quality and colours don't bleed through from the reverse." (- The Book Bag)
"The book is stunning ... a joy to colour." (- Creative Colouring with Hazel) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
RATED 4.5/5 STARS!
Well didn’t THIS take me by surprise!
I did not expect to enjoy this quite as much as I did. Wow.
Right. So the main thing that puts me off reading classics is the amount of effort it takes me to read them compared to my usual books because of the difference in language. Yes , I know it is more educational for me to read more complex books occasionally. But when I read for enjoyment, sometimes I just don’t want that extra struggle. And by sometimes I mean most of the time. But this book was nowhere near as difficult to understand as I thought it would be! Of course, it did take me longer to read because it was still different, but I’ve read classics that are much denser and feel like mud to get through. This didn’t. At all. Especially with the note pages at the back of the book to help you through some of the language meanings.
Honestly, I think the only time I’d struggle was when one character in particular would talk – Joseph. Dear lord, did that man have a thick accent! Half the time I had no idea what he’d be rambling on about, but like I said, the note pages are there (in this edition, at least) to help you through. I swear, most of the notes are just devoted to translating his accent and phrases!
Enough about accents though.
This book grabbed my attention from the start. It’s told in a very interesting way – and this is where I try my best to describe it to you guys while probably confusing everyone. I apologise in advance. So, you read the book from Mr Lockwood’s point of view, as he’s hearing the story of Catherine and Heathcliff through the housekeeper, Mrs Dean. If that makes sense.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
There are some negative aspects to the novel's plot, such as the reader being left completely at a loss as to the matter of Heathcliffe's new found fortune, and from a general perspective it seems unrealistic that such a bunch of people could co-exist in the same setting at all. Hindley Ershaw lost his land through gambling with Heathcliffe, but it seems very unlikely that Heathcliffe would ever approach a man he hated and suggest a game of cards, let alone play into the early hours of the morning. Lynton Heathcliffe as a character is somewhat surplus to requirement, he quickly dies off without having materialised into a character either inheriting his father's captivation or having achieved redemption on his father's behalf through his own good nature. Two families as so interwoven and yet mutually hateful would be hard pressed to live or visit each other let alone sit together on the hearth and constantly damn each other to hell.
On the positive side the novel is carnal, demonic, attractive, dark - it is far from boring. This is a book whose main selling point is its uniqueness. The narrative structure is well written and refreshing even by today's standards.Read more ›
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