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Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights

Discussion in 'Fiction Books' started by Libra, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. Libra

    Libra New Member

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    I really enjoyed this book, (and if there is another thread let me know cause I didn't find one) I could not put it down, all the complicated and harsh characters and things changing very often made it very engaging.

    Anyone else read it?
     
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    No, I haven't read it, but I plan to quite soon. I'm surprised other people haven't commented, as I thought it was a widely read book. :confused:
     
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    I am surprised also. When you read it, let's talk about it.;)


    (and whoever edit the thread, thank you:))
     
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    It's in my TBR-pile besides my bed. Maybe I find time to read it this summer. I really enjoyed her sister's book Jane Eyre.
     
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    I enjoyed Jane Eyre as well but Wuthering Heights wasn't a favourite for me. I don't know why. Maybe it was because it was so dark. I don't know. I found it rather dry.
     
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    I read it a year or two ago and enjoyed it quite a bit, so I'm surprised at how frequently people list it as one of their least favorite books. I've also seen the MTV movie version, which I highly recommend.
     
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    Maybe I'll have to see the movie. And no doubt I'll read Wuthering Heights again someday. Maybe I'll like it better then, kind of like not liking apsaragus when I was younger and now loving it! :D
     
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    I read it in January 07 when the weather was harsh; I spent most days by the fire dreamily turning the pages and loving every word. I would say that Wuthering Heights rekindled my somewhat waning interest in classic literature (at the time I was bogged down with piles of coursebooks).

    As a story I found it utterly engaging possibly because the characters were so wild and at times hysterical. I loved the scenery, the suggestions of the supernatural in the landscape (appropriate for when I was reading it) and I really liked how it ended, which doesn't happen very often!

    I recall finding the names of the characters a bit taxing at times, fortunately the edition I was reading had a family tree for me to refer to.

    I'd definitely recommend it. I think I like Wuthering Heights and Charlotte's Jane Eyre equally, both thoroughly enjoyable stories, though Jane Eyre may have the edge. I haven't read anything by Anne, but I intend to very soon!

    :star4: for Wuthering Heights here :)
     
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    Wuthering Heights is pure magic, one of the few genuinely Romantic novels ever written. To quote Rossetti, "The action is laid in hell, only it seems places and people have English names there." It's a timeless place populated with grotesque characters, impossible relationships, where even nature seems to have been infected with the evil of the people. Heathcliff is one of the greatest characters of fiction, the greatest lover and the greatest master of revenge.
     
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    I liked Heathcliff, call me nuts, what can I say.
     
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    Ah, 'Wuthering Heights'. One of my favourite novels. For the benefit of those who have yet to experience it:

    1. It is not a 'romantic' novel; nor is it a 'love story' or (ye gods) 'chic lit'.
    2. Do not compare it with 'Jane Eyre'. In fact, do not compare it with anything - it is a unique piece of work.
    3. All the film versions of it are, to a greater or lesser degree, tripe. Avoid like the plague. The definitive film version has yet to be made. I doubt it will ever be done.
    4. When you read it, especially for the first time, have the Linton/Earnshaw family trees to hand. I made my own and keep it inside the front cover of my copy!
    5. Read it more than once. If you love it you will do this anyway, but it is more rewarding second time around.
    6. Gordon Brown - Heathcliff? Has he ever read the book? :D

    Oh and dollymixture - if you want to try one of Anne Bronte's works, I recommend 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall'
     
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    Thanks for the recommendation :)
     
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    Perhaps it's romantic as in Romanticism?
     
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    Maybe. I deliberately used a lower-case 'r' for romantic - too many people seem to have expectations of 'Wuthering Heights' based on a film version, all of which (IMO) make it out to be some sort of romantic story.
     
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    My generation grew up with Lawrence Olivier as Heathcliff. He was a compelling Heathcliff, but not the character in the book. Some incidents in the book which showed Heathcliff's ruthlessness were in the movie changed to be abuse directed against Heathcliff.
     
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    I first read it when I was 10 ( I had a very high reading age that I eventually grew into) inspired by Kate Bush's single :lol: In my teens I was obsessed with the book and the idea of Heathcliff. We lived on the North Yorks Moors so I spent a lot of time striding up and down "brooding", hoping to be caught in a torrential downpour :lol:

    I haven't read it for many years but it's on my list of things to re-read in between reads :D
     
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    Yes, that's the film version I saw, and I'm glad to hear that it doesn't follow the book, I didn't care for the film at all, in spite of Olivier.
    I will have to reverse and read it. :)
     
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    I have to say I adored the book but the film versions just didn't compare. Wuthering Heights was something I would call...certainly tragic, I think, and the movies never seemed to want to admit that it isn't "romantic" - though I do think it falls under the Romanticism category.

    I have yet to talk to another person who has thoroughly enjoyed this book. An English professor of mine once told me he would rather "choke on vomit" than read that book again. All of my friends claim, "I just couldn't get into it." I can't tell you how much I despise that sentence! It's such a beautiful book, and if you haven't read the entire thing you can't go around saying it's "dry" etc.
     
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    Talk to me - I love it!

    Not much of an English professor then I'd say :D
     
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    Hah! He was actually a pretty good teacher - he said my essay on Wuthering Heights made him appreciate the book more.
     

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