The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Kobo ebook | August 31, 2011

byRc Cerasini

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Before the huge crowd that packed the cathedral square, La Esmeralda stood between two executioners. Suddenly Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame, rushed at the executioners and felled them with his enormous fists. He snatched the gypsy girl in one arm and ran with her into the church. A moment later he appeared at the top of the bell tower. Holding the girl above his head, he showed her triumphantly to all of Paris while his thunderous voice roared savagely to the sky: “Sanctuary! Sanctuary! Sanctuary!”

Set amid the riot, intrigue, and pageantry of medieval Paris, Victor Hugo’s masterful tale of heroism and adventure has been a perennial favorite since its first publication in 1831 and remains one of the most thrilling stories of all time.


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Before the huge crowd that packed the cathedral square, La Esmeralda stood between two executioners. Suddenly Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame, rushed at the executioners and felled them with his enormous fists. He snatched the gypsy girl in one arm and ran with her into the church. A moment later he appeared at the top of the be...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 31, 2011Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307771652

ISBN - 13:9780307771650

Customer Reviews of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This book is beyond amazing. It's captivating, interesting, and full of emotion.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and tragic This is now one of my favourite books. I liked the Disney movie too but I loved the book even more. I felt like the book was more realistic, emotional and had more depth. Also the book was pretty fast-paced.
Date published: 2012-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So sad, yet beautiful This was the most tragic thing I have ever read, yet somehow Victor Hugo managed to make it wonderful, and so different from other books of his time . It's a love story, yet [spoiler?] no one gets the girl.
Date published: 2012-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but be prepared for a history lesson Before reading Victor Hugo's classic whenever someone mentioned, The Hunchback of Notre Dame I usually thought of the Disney version. I'm sure I'm not the only one. It's actually quite shocking. These two ideas could not be more different from one another. (Although I would be lying if I said the Disney music didn't play through my head the whole time I was reading). In reality, this book is much more gruesome than Disney would have us believe. There is much more violence than I would have expected. This is not to say that it is too much or that it is gory. But it is dark. There are few (if any really) bright and shiny scenes, where everything work out. In my opinion this makes it much more gritty and much more interesting. The characters are more human, they have more depth. I found this version (i.e the real version) really helped you get to know the “villains” of the story. In particular Frollo. My previous opinion of him was a cold hearted, sadistic man, who cared for no one and nothing but himself. In actuality there is so much more to him than that. You really get to know him and his history. Though not pure by any means, he's not heartless either. He actually ended up being one of my favourite characters in the book. The one tragic flaw of this book, however, is it's repeated history lessons. Be prepared for very long descriptions of French architecture, music, the printing press etc. Hugo spares no detail! These often went on for pages, and a couple of times I was very tempted to abandon the book because of them. But if you can survive them they will add a nice touch to the story, in that all your settings will be much more vivid and the class divisions touched upon will make much more sense. All in all, this is a good book. It's longer than it needs to be, but the story is solid and the characters are well thought out. In true Gothic fashion it is dark and dreary but it's not that depressing. There's action, adventure and mystery. If nothing else it will ensure that visiting Paris and Notre Dame will be added to your bucket list. This and other reviews can be found at Christa's Hooked on Boos - http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com
Date published: 2011-10-28