Published a year before her death at the age of thirty, Emily Bronte's only novel is set in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors. Depicting the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with an instinct for poetry and for the dark depths of human psychology.
Emily Jane Bronte was born July 30, 1818 at Thornton in Yorkshire. Her father was a minister in the Anglican Church. Emily's mother died in 1821 and her two eldest sisters died in 1825, leaving Emily, her brother and two sisters to be raised by their aunt. In childhood, the daughters were introspective and, having read extensively for entertainment, they began composing a series of stories set in imaginary lands. Later all three daughters were to publish poems and stories. Wuthering Heights, Emily's only novel and one of the most passionately original novels in the English language, was published a year before her death of tuberculosis, December 19, 1847.
Brit, Wanda McCaddon, the narrator of A Room With a View, Wuthering Heights, and Aesop's Fables, has been a newspaper report, university professor and stage, film and TV actress, before beginning to narrate. She has narrated over six hundred titles, won thirteen Earphone Awards, and been featured six years running as one of AudioFile's Golden Voices.
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Timeless Love Story
Wuthering Heights is a forerunner of modern love stories and perhaps tells the story the best.
Two young people, Cathy Earnshaw and Heathcliff, grow up together, though they are not of the same class. They love each other, but it cannot be after Cathy's father, who has raised Heathcliff as his own, passes away. Cathy's brother Hindley, married to a foolish woman named Frances, inherits Wuthering Heights and turns Heathcliff out. Years later Heathcliff returns with a mysterious fortune bent on revenge, Cathy is married to their neighbor Edgar Linton, who though he is kind, lacks Heathcliff's depth of character. Heathcliff engages in several cruel operations until he obtains both Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights. He continues to get revenge on the second generation: Cathy and Edgar's daughter, also named Catherine, Hindley's son Hareton, and even his own son Linton Heathcliff. The novel's ending is not your idea of a happy ending, but it does manage to satisfy.
I suggest you read a timeline of events as well as a family tree. The names of the characters can be very confusing. The narration of the novel is also confusing, as it is told from the perspectives of Nelly Dean, a housekeeper at both Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights, Lockwood, an outsider who rents Thrushcross Grange from Heathcliff, and some snippets from Cathy's (Earnshaw) diary.
It's WORTH IT, I promise.
This book has a great story... once you get into it. Although the text is a bit boring in the beginning and very confusing, the Audio book helped me a LOT. There are often two people talking on the page at a time and they each tell stories using "I," but the lady reading the book had a different voice for each character and it is so much better to hear her than try to read it over again in my head. I also appreciate hearing the "English" novel in a British tongue. This is especially helpful because the servants and uneducated people in this book have a weird dialect that is hard to deciper if you are just reading it to yourself.
I reccomend this for a story and for a study guide!
Absolutely loved it!
In the past 'classical' literature has not really appealed to me. This book is now near the top of my favorites which is a hard place to win. I was so moved and very sad when it ended. The characters are so real. Flawed and imperfect like we all are in real life, but passionate and firey and just wonderful!