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Subject: Who Here Actually Enjoyed Wuthering Heights
Date Posted: 5/9/2011 7:32 PM ET
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I am reading it and finding it quite enjoyable.

 

So much so that I am looking forward to reading Anne Bronte's Agnes Grey or maybe her other book that I can't remember the name of. 

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 2:12 AM ET
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I've read Wuthering Heights many times. I love the Brontes. (Charlotte's Villette is my favorite.)

                                                                                                             Rose

Date Posted: 5/12/2011 5:24 PM ET
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I rated it as one of the hidden gems of the month when I read it.  Very well done and very good.

Date Posted: 5/14/2011 7:10 PM ET
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Wuthering Heights makes me angry at times, because you just want to smack somebody and say, "Stop causing so much pain and just do something right!" But I enjoyed it immensely on the pure quality of the writing style, uniqueness of the characters, and depth of the story itself.

Date Posted: 5/24/2011 11:15 PM ET
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is one of my all time favorites.

Date Posted: 5/26/2011 4:30 PM ET
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How do you pronounce Brontë?  Brontay? That's how I read it--Brontay.  Is it Bront-uh?

Edited to answer my own question: It's pronounced Bront-ee.

 

 

 

 

 

The kids, Cathy, Linton, and Hareton were well developed. Heathcliff and Catherine were not well developed. Their story, the most important part, was not detailed well.

For example, most of the abuse heaped on young heathcliff by Hindley was simply told to us rather than shown. So Heathcliffs lifetime preoccupation of revenge seemed over the top for no reason. The reader never got to know Hindley or see his cruelty. We're just told he was mean to Heathcliff and he did this and that but never enough to justify Heathcliff going over the edge and being mean to everyone all his life. There was very little dialogue in the early portion of the story. Just narration. I really wanted to get into these characters in particular, but the style of the narrative prevented that. WH is told 3rd hand. Mr. Lockwood is telling us via Nelly the servant. Odd.

Overall, I liked it enough to keep reading the works of the Bronte Sisters. I love Jane Eyre, WH is worth recommending for it's gothicness, and I am on Agnes Grey now.



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Subject: Loved "Wuthering Heights"
Date Posted: 5/27/2011 1:36 PM ET
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One of my all time favs.  A true love and tragic story.  The moors, the moors!!!!!!

Date Posted: 5/29/2011 6:38 AM ET
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I am thankful for this thread!  I had Wuthering Heights on my TBR shelf forever--but was "afraid" of it.  Thought it would be difficult to read, boring, old-fashioned, etc.  But because of this thread I became intrigued....took it down and started it a couple days ago.  And I am LOVING it!!  I am so thrilled about how enjoyable it is.   The humor is so unexpected.  The characters are so fully visualized.  That Heathcliff is so cross and crabby all the time is just fantastic--not what I had in mind at all.  I wish I didn't have to work because I just want to read it.  Catherine and Edgar have just married.   Can't wait to see how THAT goes!

Thank you again for this thread...!!

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 11:04 PM ET
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 The humor is so unexpected.

 

It's so unexpected that I missed it completely.

What is funny? Do share. 

 

 

I am glad you're enjoying it. 

I just finished reading Anne Bronte's Agnes Grey. It was pretty good. Not gothic or dark. More realistic depiction of life as a governess in the Victorian? era.

Date Posted: 6/10/2011 10:54 AM ET
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Wuthering Heights is one of the all-time greats! It's so dark, foreboding and emotional. People don't write like that anymore.

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Date Posted: 6/11/2011 8:40 AM ET
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I'm sorry to say, I'm not a fan of Wuthering Heights. Yes, the story drew you in and it was definately different than anything i had ever read and was very well written. BUT, it haunted me for months. I dont understand why it is considered a great "romance". It is abotu abuse, vengence, two sociopaths, and obsession. 

I  do understand why people love the book, like i said it is very well written and unique for its time, however, i just dont understand why it is considered a romance. What Heathcliffe and Katherine shared was not love. HEathcliffe was obsessed with Katherine and she used it to torture him. Then the abuse they put on other people and how Heathcliffe destroyed his son and that poor girl, eww, i just cant call it Romance. frown

Roy
Date Posted: 6/24/2011 10:03 AM ET
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I hated it! But I had to read it for a course in Victorian Prose and Poetry so I did. In fact I hate this alleged "classic" so much I put it on my "Top 10" list of alleged classics no one ever has to read in another forum posting here.  Needless to say, I never tried reading anything else by any of the Bronte sisters after having to plow my way through this soap-opera quality classic, although I might recommend it to anyone suffering from insomnia (although I'm not sure being nauseated by hack writing is an improvement over insomnia). Oh well it did come in handy to prop open windows with after I graduated with a BA in English LIt...

Date Posted: 6/24/2011 12:09 PM ET
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Tometrader - Read Agnes Grey! I think it is one of the best Bronte novels, and I think Anne is hugely underrated. I have to say that I hated Wuthering Heights and don't have much time for Emily in general, but I loved Agnes Grey. I think it is my favourite Bronte novel - after Jane Eyre of course!

When you read some of Charlotte's writings, and of course the Mrs Gaskell biography, Charlotte thought Emily was a genius and Anne was always 'poor dear Anne', and I think that that attitude still persists. But I set myself a task to read all the Bronte novels, and after Jane Eyre which is in a class of it's own, Agnes Grey was the best. Even more so than some of Charlotte's other offerings.

 

Date Posted: 6/24/2011 12:27 PM ET
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Alex, I did read Agnes Grey and found it good. Just the right length too. Any longer and it would have needed some over-the-top drama.

Date Posted: 6/24/2011 12:28 PM ET
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@ Roy : The title of this thread is what? 

 

Date Posted: 6/24/2011 1:15 PM ET
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I highly recommend Charlotte Bronte's Villette. It's even better than Jane Eyre.

                                                                              Rose

Date Posted: 6/24/2011 1:33 PM ET
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Obsessed, 

Villette is in my TBR pile. smiley

Date Posted: 6/26/2011 12:30 AM ET
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Love Jane Eyre..  Can't stand Wuthering Heights..  but then again I did read it in HS when my reading tastes were not what they are today.  I have it and keep meaning to pick it up again but there are so many other ones out there that I want to read..

 

Date Posted: 6/26/2011 8:31 AM ET
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I was of two minds on Wuthering Heights- I could see it in the modern view that these people were just sick, sick, sick. BUt when I looked at it another way, I found the most beautiful parts were the unsaid things- a line here would hint at the depths of turmoil, or a line there would just trigger a dawning that blossomed across my understanding. I sometimes hated Heathcliff! But I also really felt for him by the end. I enjoyed the book when I hadn't expected to.

I never even read it until recently when I was reading Jasper Fforde's Eyre Affair series, and one book was full of WH references, and I just had to go read it so I could get the jokes. For one thing, Fforde has the entire cast of WH into therapy-modern therapy- and they get bombed by other literary characters from other books because EVERYONE HATES HEATHCLIFF! It was a riot!

I'll have to go see about Agnes Grey. And Jane Eyre is my favorite of all the Bronte writing that I have read.

Date Posted: 7/7/2011 6:58 AM ET
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Wuthering Heights is one of those books that I read more than once at different points in my life, and somehow read a completely different book each time.  The book I read as a teenager was a totally different story from the one I read as an adult.  Maybe someone switched the covers.  I like WH because we are all so familiar with the idea of love as a transformative power, it's easy to forget that the transformation isn't necessarily positive.  Love also has the power to transform decent people into amoral monsters.  The story of David and Bathsheba is similar.  People can do horrible things for love.



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Date Posted: 7/20/2011 11:58 PM ET
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I did love it.  Only an extremely gifted author could write so beautifully about a family so dysfunctional... At times, the darkness did get overwhelming, but still, I had to finish it.  I'll probably read it again!

Date Posted: 7/31/2011 5:02 PM ET
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Wuthering Heights?  I hated it.  After hanging with it through 2/3 of the book, I just couldn't take anymore.

Jane Eyre?  One of my all-time favorites.

Villette is on TBR.

Date Posted: 8/15/2011 9:17 PM ET
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Loved Wuthering Heights!  Thought it was one of the best books of the month in which I read it. 

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 5:18 PM ET
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Loved it.

 

Date Posted: 10/13/2011 10:47 AM ET
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Tometrader, in England it's pronounced Brontay, emphasis on the Bron.

Cheers, Margaret

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