Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights is Emily Bronte's only novel. It was published a year before the author's death. Emily died thinking that the book was a failure. At first it had been criticized by critics, who were horrified by the violent and amoral characters. The author would have never known that Wuthering Heights would become a classic of English Literature.

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The story of the novel follows the tragic and passionate love between Heathcliff and Catherine. Heathcliff and Cathy have been inseparable since childhood until one day Catherine decides to marry a more respectable man. Cathy, whose choice ruins literally everyone's lives, is completely and utterly in love with her other half, Heathcilff, but won't marry him because of his degraded status cause by her own brother. This drives Heathcliff mad and he decides to get revenge on everyone who had interfered between his relationship with Catherine. And from that point the suffering begins...

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This is hands down my favorite gothic novel of all time. I adore it. I was enchanted by the writing. But Heathcliff and Catherine's love is not beautiful or even romantic. It isn't your cliche love story. It's raw, fierce, fervent and even diabolical. The heroes are in no way agreeable and most likely you would end hating everyone.

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What I like too is the story of the second generation who are affected by Catherine's decision and Heathcliff's actions. I kind of found Cathy's daughter and her nephew likable. Catherine and Hareton's relationship resembled her mother and Heathcliff's.

I highly recommend this masterpiece to everybody who would like to read something different. I have to warn you that Wuthering Heights is in no way a romance novel. Heathcliff is not a romantic hero. He is manipulative, abusive and disturbing. Catherine is no good either.

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My favorite quotes:

“He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

“Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!”

“If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn't love as much in eighty years as I could in a day.”

“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it. My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”

“Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you--haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe--I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always--take any form--drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”

“I have not broken your heart - you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.”