Wuthering Heights

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Author: Emily Brontë
Published: 1847
Language: English
Wordcount: 119,192 / 333 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.6
LoC Category: PR
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Downloads: 104,003
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Origin: gutenberg.org

Emily Brontė's only novel, this tale portrays Catherine and Heathcliff, their all-encompassing love for one another, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them both, leading Heathcliff to shun and abuse society. First published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, Wuthering Heights is considered to be a classic of English literature.

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assist him in counting his gold.

'I don't want your help,' she snapped; 'I can get them for myself.'

'I beg your pardon!' I hastened to reply.

'Were you asked to tea?' she demanded, tying an apron over her neat black frock, and standing with a spoonful of the leaf poised over the pot.

'I shall be glad to have a cup,' I answered.

'Were you asked?' she repeated.

'No,' I said, half smiling. 'You are the proper person to ask me.'

She flung the tea back, spoon and all, and resumed her chair in a pet; her forehead corrugated, and her red under-lip pushed out, like a child's ready to cry.

Meanwhile, the young man had slung on to his person a decidedly shabby upper garment, and, erecting himself before the blaze, looked down on me from the corner of his eyes, for all the world as if there were some mortal feud unavenged between us. I began to doubt whether he were a servant or not: his dress and speech were both rude, entirely devoid of the superiority observab


Average Rating of 4.2 from 21 reviews: *****
Avneesh Kumar


I did not at all like. The author was determined to make every single thing in the novel a tragedy. She kills almost every character present in starting. And, there is no love or love story. Very rough and cruel. And most importantly tough of literature is not there.

Zero Stars.

chris firth

This book was actually written by Branwell Bronte, the much maligned brother - and evidence to prove this should be available soon via the 'Graphic Authorship Attribution Programme' that recently revealed J K Rowling to be the author of a detective novel!
'Branwell Bronte's Tale' available free on Kindle


best love story ever written . you can really feel the depth of emotions in some passage. some scenes are so beautifully described that u begin to feel a lump in your throat


Fascinating story, but the end of it was disappointing to me. It seems that the author was determined to make a "happy end" and created most improbable scenario that two people who hated each other so much would fall in love and get married.


Wonderful read~Highly recommended,


In spite of its age, the direct language makes it quite accessible to a modern audience.
It's unfairly characterized as a love story - it's really a hate story: hate and revenge; and what Heathcliff feels for Cathy is more of an unstoppable obsession that makes him gloat in the destruction of anyone who stood between him and her.
I keep coming back to this one, because the depth of emotion in the characters makes many passages a joy to read again and again.

Kevin Munk

Still my favorite book; can't wait to read it again. Recommended for anyone into LOVE and DARKNESS.


One of the worst books is history. Absolutely terrible. 0 stars


Though some call it a proper romance and some-- 'ill-fated'. But my judgment would be that it is special genre of both of them. This book is one of the precious classics I would say, and will tender your heart and going through this book you might experience some feelings that never had.

One of the extra-ordinary book ever written, and only one of Emily Bronte.


The first time I picked up this book I really struggled through the initial 50 pages. It was such a strange situation with so many unfamiliar characters, that I thought I would have to just give up.

Thankfully I didn't (it wasn't as complicated as I had thought) and it is now my favorite novel, read many times over. Dark and relentless--a true masterpiece of Gothic fiction.

Divya Sharma

I never wanted to read it in the first place, but when I did, I found it containing everything I wanted- violence, drama, love and unforgiveness.....
finally you feel glad you are not a part of this drama, but could witness it.

I avoided reading this book growing up because it was well..... written by a woman and frequently described with words like "all-encompassing love" and "unresolved passion" while completing lacking in words like courage, adventure, amazing or anything well.... male like.

Well if you are a male and avoided this book for similar reasons. It's like powerful, gothic, morbid, determined, unrelenting, or to put it another way, it has many redeeming features despite it's subject matter.

Last, if I ever were to meet Emily Bronte in an after life ....I wouldn't mess with her.


typical long winded, cliched and un-creative victorian romance
only spiced up a little with heathcliffe raping cathy
and even that isnt described, victorians were too PC

Sherise Dreyer

Emily Brontė's novel opens the mind to the complexity of society and family heriatge. Explores masculinity and femininity. Heathcliff's desire for revenge and his perseverance to obtain, what he never had and what he seeks in love and life. It demostrates the rippel effect of life and how it can destroy generations in succession. The power of emotions and the naivety of man. The magnitude of education on society and societal roles. How life can destroy and produce life, the parrallality of is nature.

M. Jones

The law of entail is the source of next generation hurt and Heathcliff's power. It should be understood; the law almost enslaved woman. Jefferson wrote against it in Notes on the State of Virginia. The story-telling technique is very third-hand, yet achieves beautiful insight. There is no sex, of course; how heathcliff gets his money is unstated. So the story is not too realistic.


This is a great read, the story is absorbing and the setting and characters so vivid you'll feel like you were there and you knew them. I don't think you can really give a book more praise!

Anne Kay

One of my favourite love stories of all time.
The whole beauty of the story lies in its doomed beginning and tragic ending. I would not have Catherine and Heathcliff any other way. Somehow the story of their unfulfilled love makes more sense than it would if they were together.
A definite must read!!!


my favourite book ever. love to read it again and again.


It was the best novel I have ever read, it was like a dream I have lived in, splendid, marvalous , incredible writer.

John O'Brien

A classic. Wonderful, engrossing novel.


This was the first classic I ever enjoyed, and I recently read it again as an ebook. I loved it just as much! The style is quite accessible to a modern reader and the description is quite evocative and picturesque, especially of the moors and of Heathcliff, the main character. The book concerns his unrequited love for the beautiful Catherine, and the horrible damage this causes to the Earnshaw and Linton families. Was Heathcliff just a bad person, or did a lack of love turn him that way? And could love have saved him? This book explores such questions.

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