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Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë, Daphne Merkin Before there was motorcycles and tatoos, there was Heathcliff - the original bad boy. I love this novel and the emotion that comes through in it. Sure the delivery of the story through a journal entry of a traveler being told the story by Nellie is a little curious and the fact that so many characters share the same or slight variations of the same name can be confusing, but the rest of the story makes up for it. You can feel Heathcliff's desperation and despondancy, Cathy's love countered by what she feels is expected of her, and the Linton's disasterously pulled into their web. Heathcliff is cruel, obsessive, and vengeful, but some part of you still feels for him, still wants him to win, and wonders what it would be like to have someone feel that way about you. Cathy is flighty, selfish, and doomed but you still keep hoping for things to turn out right for her. As for the poor Lintons, they just chose the wrong couple to try break up and both end up miserable because of it, and it's easy to feel that they deserve that misery. This is not a love story. It is a story of obsession and revenge. Definitely worth reading . . . a few times.