Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë Book Summary

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If you’ve only ever seen Wuthering Heights on screen, you may have an image of Catherine and Heathcliff as the ultimate star-crossed lovers. But that’s just scratching the surface of this iconic Gothic romance. Emily Brontë’s only novel is an unabashedly dark tale of passion and revenge that created shockwaves upon its publication in 1847.

Without spoiling too much, the original Heathcliff is breathtakingly vengeful, cruel, and possessive, not the deeply misunderstood romantic hero of some adaptations. And Brontë’s story does not end happily ever after. After tragedy strikes, Heathcliff haunts the swirling mists of the Yorkshire moors, consumed with possessing a ghost. A must-read for fans of Gothic literature, this novel will appeal to anyone who loves a creepy story.

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- Fascinating and equally frightening5 star

A epic tale

- Roller Coaster of emotions5 star

The characters in Wuthering Heights are so unique. I’ve never read a book with such characters that you hate but at the same time are rooting for... I felt devastation for the most part.

- In response to the first review ^^^5 star

To whoever said the Bella and Edward thing as one of the first reviews let me be the first to say OK BOOMER. The classics are for everyone so shut it.

- Very good read...4 star

Having read many Dickens classics, I was familiar with the style of Bronte’s writing. I admit to being hooked on this work from page 1, when Lockwood first meets Heathcliff. Wonderful story from an author whose career ended too soon.

- Wuthering Heights5 star

I can’t imagine that the author after writing such a rich and descriptive story didn’t write again. Her work is rich in detail both in characters personally and their environment. The author made you feel the moors, walk the hills and smell the wind. Then feel the revenge that Heathcliff imposed on the innocent characters of this book. A truly great story that should be required reading to every young person everywhere. A great study in a defective personality, and to analyze on what lead to Heathcliffs self destruction.

- I have to read this for school cri1 star

Whyyyyyyyy idk if its any good but i have to read if for ap lit so whaaaa

- What I Thought4 star

I really liked Wuthering Heights. It was recommended to me by someone who knows what they are talking about when it comes to books, and they loved it. It took me a little while to get into it at first, but about halfway through the book, I really got into it. I recommend this to anyone who likes Victorian novels, and tragic love affairs.

- Wuthering Heights4 star

This was a really good, enjoyable book. It was quite sad, but I couldn't put it down. Definitely would recommend it and don't regret reading it at all! :)

- Wuthering Heights1 star

A dark ominous book that was filled with selfish, unforgiving, vengeful, hate filled, loveless characters. I read on thinking there has got to be a hero somewhere. There has to be some hope or forgiveness in the lives of these characters. Catherine Linton Heathcliff was probably the closest to being the heroine. But still a character motivated out of sheer selfishness. This was a story that truly depicts how the lack of love, grace, or forgiveness in ones life leads to jealous murderous hatred that destroys lives. Not a book that I would recommend to anyone despite the reputation of the author as a classic literary author.

- A GREAT book5 star

It' like 7 years since i red the book, but i still compare al the books to this one. It did impress me a LOT. About human nature, betrayal, money, love, hope (your hope for a happy ending) it's all in this book.

- Nothing to rave about2 star

I have, at my age, read thousands of books. I love period pieces and often find myself using a word or phrase from old English, Irish or Scotish, much to the confusion of family. I finally decided to pick up Wuthering Heights, never having had occasion to read it but knowing it is considered a classic. Having read it, I can't for the life of me understand why! I must say that I am quite disappointed. I always imagined it to be some great love story that ended in tragedy. It is in fact a tale of love, but a love grown out of selfishness, rebellion, abuse and great dysfunction. Had I any clue, I would have left it on the shelf and my imagination intact.

- Loved it5 star

Very fun to read!!

- Phenomenal5 star

It was a timeless story. It's no wonder it's a classic. Funny and smart. Tragic and beloved. It had was love and deception and death and truth. It as a memorable experience. Loved it.

- Classic and amazing4 star

This book is captivating and a great classic. But here's the thing, I don't like the characters, Catarina and Heathcliff see, both treacherous, but one of the reasons I love it is because they both choose to ignore the others sins and faults.

- Incredible5 star

This book was awesome, If you loved Ender's Game or the Matrix, you'll love this

- Wuthering heights.5 star

This is very intriguing when you know who the author was and what scandalous writings this was in her time. I am 48 and really read this for the first time not commissioned by a school. It will haunt me for months and be thought provoking for years to come. I highly recommend ready and finish it with the PBS version for visual and sound. They nailed it !!

- Wuthering Heights5 star

I read this as part of the IB curriculum at my high school and loved the book! It is an amazing love story!

- Boring but great3 star

Too many added words that didn't need to be there, the story was great but the length of nothing wasn't.

- vampires and ghosts!5 star

a truly beautiful ghost story, full of generational drama, and somehow, also full of redemption. wow.

- A Must Read5 star

Wuthering Heights is truly a phenomenal book. Do not overlook it because it is a classic. It is a great read for all ages.

- A classic5 star

I don't remember reading this in School, I do know many read it that one time. Books become classics for a reason, their story is timeless, the characters come to life, and it is brilliant. This checks all those boxes. A wonderful winters reading, enjoy

- One of the best5 star

It's macabre, psychotic and hauntingly beautiful. This passionate love story will leave you feeling so surreal.

- An heretical review of Wuthering Heights1 star

A great novel you'd be better off not reading. This book has no likeable characters, no EMPLOYED characters, endless and tiresome emoting by women and frail men (OK one frail man) and one character who serves no useful purpose other than as a surrogate for the reader. Another character has such a thick accent, it's impossible to inderstand what he says. I was 70% of the way through the book before I realized Bronte could not possibly, by the end of the novel, bring me to care about the fate of any character. Every single one is despicable. I can now say that I read the novel cover to cover and, although I understand that the structure is unique and innovative, I'm not sure it was worth forcing myself through the last 30% of the book to get to the unsatisfying end. I fully admit that the story and structure in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" is worthy it's place in the classics, but that doesn't mean you have to slog through it. Read Dickens instead.

- The tragedy that resonates5 star

This is a magnificent novel that pulls me in each time I pick it up. The characters are so beautifully developed as the tragic love story unravels. Emily Bronte truly proves herself to be one of the best lady authors of her time with this timeless literary masterpiece.

- Antiheroism at its finest4 star

A hauntingly beautiful story centered around complex and extremely human characters. Heathcliff is the proverbial antihero, often romanticized for his abiding love of Catherine Earnshaw, which to be fair, would be better described as obsession than love. Catherine and Heathcliff are both extremely selfish and repeatedly make wrong decisions, especially with respect to love and marriage, bringing great suffering upon themselves and others. Still, their backstory elicits compassion, and Heathcliff's enduring affection is romantic in a way, which is probably why many readers see his vengeful and selfish acts not as those of a true villain but as those of a sort of fragile, flawed, and deeply damaged hero.

- Three2 star

The reason I rated this a 3 is because of the language it is more of a old style language then these days were we say LOL

- Wuthering Heights1 star

Dark, oppressive, awful

- Not bad.5 star

Honestly, I didn't think it going to be too interesting when I first picked it up, but I really enjoyed it!

- Fantastic5 star

easy to read, interesting, a tragic love story. A great book

- Wuthering Heights3 star

Just want to point out that Jane eyre was written by the "other"sister, Wuthering Heights is good, but no where near as exciting as Jane

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- Love it5 star

It's one of those books that I just wouldn't mind reading over and over again

- Wuthering heights4 star

Great book. Way better than the movie. Couldn't put it down

- Wuthering Heights5 star

This book was done extremely well. It takes the reader on a suspenseful and enjoyable journey. One of the best books ever written.

- Brillant classic5 star

Charalette's tale of sad love is so haunting. I enjoyed every page! No wonder, it's a classic!

- To All Who Haven't Heard of Wuthering Heights:5 star

Wuthering Heights is easily one of the most phenominal and wrenching stories of all time. It is a true classic, written by a darkly gifted woman. Since it was written so long ago, the style requires patience. But if patience is given, the reader will be very richly rewarded. Be prepared, however, to spend most of the time reading in tears. Five stars! Six, ten, twenty if I could.

- Wuthering Heights5 star

A riveting epic tale of love and hate. Beautifully written describing the wild and windy coast of Britain and powerful emotions in the human breast. It should convince every reader to be fair and just and compassionate to his fellow man.

- Wonderful classic5 star

I've read this book many times and never tire of it. Engaging and beautifully written.

- Captivating5 star

Brilliantly told, I couldn't put it down. Better to have read it now, as an adult, than when I gave up because of the language, as a child.

- Amazing5 star

Have always wanted to read this classic and found I just couldn't put it down after I downloaded it. I am in love with this book and it has inspired me to read some more classics. I am sorry to have finished it!

- Withering heights5 star

A heavy read, but worth continuing through to the end.... Didn't take long to finish... Jacqueline

- Withering heights4 star

What a powerful love story. Love and pain is captured so wonderfully. A romance that is both is fire and ice.

- Definitely not a typical romance.5 star

A fantastic book. But i think the reviewer before me, may be in for a bit of a shock. It is a grim haunting tale, about unrequited undying love. And how badly people can treat each other. Very tough affecting novel. But a tremendous one, none the less.

- Can't wait!!5 star

I have only before heard about this book. I have been told that this book is an incredible romance, a beautiful novel and what's more, a lesson in love. Whether or not this is true, I will tell you soon :-)

- It was good5 star

Good book should read it plz

- What a classic4 star

The story is really complex and it is intertwined well but some parts are slightly confusing to understand because of the dialect but overall it is an excellent book.

- Masterpiece5 star

Wonderful book, gripping story line. Surprised about moments of violence throughout it, but I guess that is what made it so real and not another romantic soapy story. Highly recommend for everyone who likes a bit of classic 👍

- Wuthering Heights5 star

The best book I have ever read. The language isn't too tricky for me, even though I'm eleven. Definitely get it. Best book of all time and the only book Emily Bronte ever wrote; she wrote other poems. Recommend all other books by Charlotte Bronte and Anne Bronte. Jayne Eyre is another really good book but language is same difficulty as Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte's stage name was Ellis Belle as in those times publishing books by women wouldn't sell. They used male names and hid their female identities. Search up their history it's extremely interesting. Really love this book. Recommend it to any other people you know.

- Terrible5 star

Although a lot of action takes place it seems to have a dead monotone all the way through like nothing is happening. I hated it!

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- A good read when you are young3 star

Did this for a level 25 years ago. I really enjoyed then but this time I did not. Maybe it is a book best read when young and passionate.

- withering Heights.5 star

Brilliant read.Have read this book on numerous occasions it only gets better each time I read it.How could a young women brought up in a Parsonage daughter of vicar almost two hundred years ago write such a masterpiece , truly a must read.

- Disappointing3 star

I was really let down by this book. I didn't like the style of writing and I thought the plot was really disappointing too as I was expecting a romance novel whereas this was really just a tale of misfortune. I found it really hard to concentrate on reading it and it took me about 2 months to finish hahaha, maybe not my type of book.

- Wurthering Heights5 star

Best book I ever read!

- Withering grates4 star

I loved this book excellent words and a catchy story could not put it down

- Withering heights5 star

What a love story, these old fashioned old English classics to me are a little hardwork. But stick with it and you are transported back hundred plus years to blood sweat and tears. What an evil character heathcliffe was!!! Couldn't put this book down. Thank you iPhone library. Love these old classics!!!!.

- Gloomy2 star

This book is a Dreary all that happens is people die ,argue and a bit heavy for my likening soz Emza bronte .

- The greatest book of all time...5 star

Shows the true selfishness of young love. An amazing read. Brontë really understands human nature. I love this book.

- Timeless...5 star

A absolute timeless classic, I've read it so many times but I still enjoy it as if I've never read it before.. All the characters are captivating, and I still can't work out if I think Heathcliff's a hero or villain!

- Excellent5 star

I read this whole book on my phone. It was interesting to see how the lives of the different characters altered over time. This book is addictive , to the point where you can't put it down.

- Haunting5 star

This is excellently written, it is one of those stories that will stay with you.

- Wuthering Heights5 star

The literature is stunning...

- Griping4 star

Once I got used to the old fashioned terminology I became absorbed in the story and couldn't stop reading it. Each character was described so well and I was torn between thinking Heathcliffe was a complete monster and a poor heartbroken victim. A thoroughly good read.

- Wuthering heights5 star

Read this years ago. It was just as amazing the second time around. Wonderful read.

- Great read5 star

Really enjoyed the read

- Wonderful!5 star

A delight

- Amazing!5 star

I have read it twice, it is so well written that I felt myself their with the characters. A definite must read in classic litrature.

- Sensational!5 star

An 'edge of your seat' intense novel from start to finish, it just doesn't get better than this :-)

- Good story...5 star

This book wast not the easiest read for me(born a non-English speaking person), but the story just kept me going. I would recommend.

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- Good book so far4 star

There is a typo on page 37

- Wuthering Heights4 star

Loved it!!

- Amazing5 star

This is my favorite book of all time.

- Wuthering Heights5 star

So much darker than the story I remember from the movie with Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff. Relentless and downright weird. As bleak as its setting. Stoke up the fire and settle into a great, classic, richly detailed, mesmerizing tale of obsession.

- Classic at its finest!4 star

I can't believe it took me so long to get around to reading this book! I was completely engrossed in it!

- Wow5 star

It is a dark, deep, passionate classic and should be read at various times in ones life. It means something different at 40 than it did at 19. It doesn't matter if you are reading this because as one reviewer wrote "Edward and Bella told you to".... Just read it. And read it again if it has been a while since you last did. Above all else read it to enjoy it. While it is dark, much of life is and you will find a little Heathcliff and Cathy in most people you meet.

- Wuthering Heights4 star

While this book is incredibly dreary, if you're a fan of 19th century literature this is the book for you. A story of love, hate, and malice, Wuthering Heights takes place in 1801 when a Mr. Lockwood comes to live as a tenant for the belligerent Mr. Heathcliff and is interested to know the story behind his landlords family. A great book that I recommend to anyone with an interest in old stories.

- Wuthering Heights5 star

This is a classic story that all should read. It explains the true depth of eternal love. The characters all have meaningful positions in the story. Wuthering heights, emily bronte's masterpiece explains a romantic fairy tale gone wrong.

- Mid nineteenth century reality tv show5 star

The characters of Wuthering Heights were like a train wreck you couldn't take you eyes off - or in this case stop reading about. The inhabitants of the Heights were first introduced to us as a classic dysfunctional family. They positively exuded hate for one another and they laid all the dirt for all to see with no shame. I couldn't stop myself from flipping through the pages to find out all the juicy details, and felt a little dirty and disturbed in the process. I found it less of a love story between Heathcliff and Catherine, and more about how not to raise your children if you don't want them to grow up into a catastrophic mess.

- Wow5 star

Great book, amazing story, tragic ending. That about sums it up...

- Wanted to like it2 star

Wanted to read this as it is a classic, but was sorely disappointed. There are many valuable qualities the book has - Christian virtue, kindness in the face of cruelty, frankness regarding others' rude and immoral behavior- but there is such horror and angst throughout its pages! I wondered how much more I could take; and because of this I was soldiered on. The ending was not the spectacular resolution I had anticipated. It left me wanting and even feeling a little cheated for having read all those pages and ending up dissatisfied with the conclusion.

- Personally, my favorite.5 star

I am 11 and I can honestly say this is my favorite book. Emily Brontë has created beautiful imagery in this story. It's a must read.

- This is one of the great books!4 star

This book have taught me how much anger and hates can destroy someone's life! I learned from this book in my rest of my life i will devote myself to filling my kife with love and gratotude! Not hates and revenges!

- Withering Heights5 star

No wonder it's a classic! I've loved the movie (with Oberon and Olivier) since the first time I saw it about 30+ years ago, but had never read the book until now. Couldn't put it down!

- I wish she would write more books!!!!!5 star

This is such a great book. I'd enjoyed it very much. I constantly think to myself how the book would be different if Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff got married like they should have! Very great book about how love can go wrong and how missing out on love can lead to life-long regrets! A must-read if you have any appreciation for classic English literature.

- Great haunting and tragic and eventually happy love story!5 star

I loved this book,although I thought Jane Eyre was better due to the true,selfless,tender,and boundless love between Jane and Mr.Rochester. However, I found it very interesting to read about the deceitful,selfish,and vengeful love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff.

- Great read!4 star

Wasn't sure I would enjoy this but after first 2 chapters or so you feel the need to know more. So very glad I read this.

- Great book5 star

Great book almost ever made 10 stars

- Amazing5 star

Love this book it is dark at times and deep but is a true classic and one of my all time favorites

- I strongly recommend this.5 star

Great writing style, awesome characters, beautiful story. I just wish she wrote more books...

- Awesome book!5 star

If you are thinking of reading this because "Edward and Bella told you" stay away from this book. This is a classic for people who know how to appreciate it. It's phenomenal! There's so much to figure out in this book. It's very deep.

- Best of Bronte5 star

Far better than the milk and honey of Jane Eyre. I loved this dark book!

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Keeping track of Who’s Who in Wuthering Heights has given me more trouble than almost any other book.

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