The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor HugoThe Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

byVictor Hugo

Paperback | December 1, 2006

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Conceived as a story of the cathedral itself, Hugo's 1837 novel recounts a human drama that rivals the Gothic masterpiece for dominance. A gypsy girl's beauty and charm captivate a priest, a vagabond, a soldier, and a deformed bell-ringer, in a gripping tale that culminates in riot and murder.
Victor Hugo, born in 1802 in Besancon, France, was one of the leading French authors of the Romantic movement. Although he originally studied law, Hugo dreamed of writing. In 1819, he founded the journal Conservateur Litteraire as an outlet for his dream and soon produced volumes of poetry, plays, and novels. Hugo's most notable works ...
Title:The Hunchback of Notre DameFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.19 × 0.68 inPublished:December 1, 2006Publisher:Dover PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0486452425

ISBN - 13:9780486452425

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic great story - really enjoyed it
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Historical Reading This book may seem scary with its large size, and its popularity as assigned reading in high school, but I picked it up for enjoyment purposes before going on vacation to Paris, and it really shone a unique light on the sights and overall feel of the city. Beyond that, this was just a pleasure to read. Hugo is very witty and playful in his writing, and the story is obviously timeless. Don't think you know it because you've watched the Disney movie either! It talks of a bloated and stagnant justice system, corruption in the church, and privileged brats in universities; so despite it being about the Renaissance, it's still relevant today! Don't write the book off as being academic. It is definitely not.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Beautiful and amazingly well-written tragedy! Not for people who aren't fond of reading historical context.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best A great 19 th century novel. The story is hauntingly sad but the love story is overwhelmingly beautiful.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking an unparalleled artistic feat
Date published: 2016-12-21
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 -
Date published: 2011-10-28