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on 13 June 2017
I’d forgotten how ‘cinematic’ Volume 1 was. The words almost spring off the page in pictures. In her otherwise unhelpful introduction, Pauline Nestor points out that ‘Wuthering Heights’ offers ‘many things to many readers’. To her, it’s ‘transgressive’ (whatever that means!); for me, it’s the passionate love story that I first read as a teenager…Or rather, Volume 1 is. The rest, I’d forgotten (apart from the very end). It’s a sort of inversion of the previous – a bottle of red wine upside down with all the vitality of the previous generation poured out.

Stewart Robertson
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on 8 June 2017
I wanted an illustrated copy, I already have an old one. I was very disappointed and confused when this arrived as to why the pictures (very few of, must add) where one - repeated at times in the book, and two - where of Indians chasing buffalo across the plains!!!! - I kid you not. If anyone can explain the link between this great work of literature and the wild west please let me know because it feels like I have missed a link somewhere.

Lets just say, not amused and as such this book is a waste of time and money.
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on 22 July 2017
It's been a long time since I last read this, but I had much more pleasure reading it as an adult than I did at school. It is gripping and often terrible ; it's easy to forget what an awful character Heathcliff is. It's beautifully descriptive and though none of the characters is particularity likable, you nevertheless get drawn in. It was very difficult to put the book down.
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on 1 September 2011
"Wuthering Heights"' attraction lies in its mystique - this is a book quite unlike any other, with a plot line that challenges the concept of a novel. It is true that none of the characters are likeable but there is a longing for redemption throughout the book that tempts the reader into entertaining the idea of hope and forgiveness. The book cannot be read in the context of more conventional novels even of its own period, there is no real plot beyond a chronological narrative of births and deaths, yet this novel is important in its fearless depiction of man's inhumanity to man.

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.

Don't buy this book if you're looking for happy endings - you will, however, find a novel that is soulless yet seeking love, and hopeless but seeking of redemption. A truly unique novel and a masterpiece of English literature.
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on 26 October 2012
Of the two student editions available on Kindle, the Oxford World's Classics edition is the better printed having no misprints/typos; unlike the rival Penguin Classics edition which is quite careless in this respect, (like a lot of other Penguin Classics.) However, be warned that the Oxford edition does not have the advantage of the usual Kindle Interlink which would take you to the end notes and back to the text quickly. Instead, the reader will have to bookmark the notes at the end of the book. If Amazon could correct this flaw, the Oxford edition would be a winner in the e-book market for the serious student, as it has a good introduction, bibliography,and a reliable text based on the standard edition. And the notes, when you get to them, are excellent, especially since they include translations of dialect speech.

P.S. As the above review makes clear, Amazon (!), I was discussing the Penguin and OWC editions of the novel. As usual Amazon fail to discriminate which edition is under review. I have now purchased the Norton International edition on kindle annd would like to request that more Norton Critical editions be made available on kindle. The current selection available is an odd mixture of well known and obscure titles. More Jane Austen and Henry James would be welcome, for example. This edition of Wuthering Heights has everything a student could want, with the kindle bonus of a selection of typefaces and print sizes. A pity the editor is from 'Wasington' according to the title page.
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on 20 July 2011
There wasn't as much romance as I thought there would be, but that doesn't mean it was a fantastic book. The characters are wonderfully flawed! Cathy (Earnshaw/Linton) is a selfish young girl who loves Heathcliff with a furious passion, yet marries Edgar Linton because he is safe and secure. Despite choosing Linton, she still is furiously jealous of her sister-in-law, Isabella, who seems to love Heathcliff. Heathcliff himself is probably, and rather strangely, the character I felt most sympathetic towards. He was brought up to be a gentleman but when his foster father dies, his foster brother treats him as if he were a devil, separating him from Cathy. People, even Cathy, begin to treat him like dirt, so of course he wants revenge on them all. Yet even though he is full of hatred, he still manages to love the selfish and undeserving Cathy. Linton is a very flawed character; noble, kind, yet has no warm blood in his body, cries pathetically, and has no back bone. He judges Heathcliff for no reason but of his appearance, and marries Cathy knowing she loves Heathcliff.

But by far the best character is Nelly (Ellen). She's not biased in her story telling: she disliked Cathy for her selfishness and how she treated Heathcliff and Linton. I loved this because you would have expected her to like Cathy, somehow.

Well, there are enough reviews for you to see this book is good. I just added my to the pile.
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VINE VOICEon 4 February 2014
Surely everybody knows the story to Brontë's Wuthering Heights, have at some point become aware of the ferocious Heathcliff and the stubborn Cathy. What you'll find here isn't a retelling, but a wonderfully accessible edition of one of the great classics in English Literature. The story itself is timeless, atmospheric, creepy and at times shocking enough to effect the most modern of readers. Accompanied with a biography of the author, a timeline of events pertaining to the story and initial publication of it and also enough footnotes to keep you informed, this is a very comprehensive and well rounded edition of a marvellous classic.
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on 4 September 2009
There are probably all sorts of misconceptions about this book by those who've never read it - certainly I had a preconceived idea which bore no relation at all to the reality. The story of Catherine and Heathcliff is generally thought of as one of the great love stories and, though it is, it is a very dark and twisted love - Romeo and Juliet this ain't!
Their love is wild, fevered, uncontrollable, possibly unconsumated and utterly doomed, and as characters they pretty dispicable - jealous, selfish, manipulative and, in Heathcliff's case, violent, abusive and extraordinarily vindictive. When Gordon Brown was asked which literary character he most resembled, he cited Heathcliff. He obviously hadn't read the bits where Heathcliff physically and mentally abuses children and women and, at one point, stamps on another man's head! The setting is bleak, Gothic and otherworldly, with none of the cosiness of Pride and Prejudice or the sweet, God-fearing goodness of Jane Eyre.
There are problems with the novel - it has a non-linear structure which, while groundbreaking, is at times hard to follow, and it seems almost as if, towards the end, Emily Bronte is getting bored of the whole business. But although flawed, it is nevertheless breathtakingly, dementedly brilliant, and not quite like anything else.
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on 5 April 2016
This book came very quickly, and I am enjoying it very much. It's an interesting read and I would recommend, especially for the price!
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on 11 April 2016
I have read this classic in hardback & paperback & decided to get it in Kindle. I am glad I did - it is one of the greatest novels in world literature. I have only given it 4 stars as a note of caution : the few illustrations are not at all clear & all except one were of red indians hunting buffalo - unless my eyes are playing up!
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