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Download Û PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Victor HugoI ecently ead Victor Hugo s Notre Dame de Paris for the first and was delighted and moved by the experience Although it lacks the and humanity of Les Miserables it possesses a grandeur of architectonic structure and an Olympian compassion all its own Best of all it gives us one
of literature s most loving and detailed depictions of a city ivaled only by Joyce s Dublin inliterature s most loving and detailed depictions of a city Green Eyed Envy rivaled only by Joyce s Dublin in is a shame that this book is so seldomeferred to in English by its given name for it is about than the history of one hunchback however moving that history may be First of all it is about the great cathedral that dominates and defines the city the setting for much of the novel s action and most of its crucial events It is also about the genius loci of Paris the maternal spirit that offers sanctuary and support to its most unfortunate children many of them literally orphans Gringoire uasimodo Esmeralda the Frollos be they ugly or beautiful virtuous or evil bringing a measure of comfort to their difficult and and often tragic lives Hugo s novel had been on my lengthy must The A-List Diet Fitness Plan read list for years but what finally moved it to the top was my growing fascination with cities in literature In childhood my favorite Arabian Night s tales were the ones that took place in Baghdad and from early adolescence I loved Sherlock Holmes London D Artagnan s Paris and Nero Wolfe s New York I also began to appreciate fantastic cities such as Stevenson and Machen s London and Leiber s Lankhmar Soon I fell in love with the hard boiled detective genre and having been a childhood fan of Arthurianomances identified with each of these modern knight errants on a uest I also ealized that the Individuality Of Each City of each city the private detective s familiarity with it and his elation to it was an essential part of the genre s charm Even the most The King's Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of Thomas Wolsey realistic of private eye cities Robert B Parker s Boston for example were filled with as many marvels as any Arthurian Romance instead of a sorceress one might meet a sexy widow instead of a liveried dwarf a mysterious butler and instead of a disguised knight offering a cryptic challenge one might be offered a tailing job by a Beacon Hill Brahmin with a mask of smiles and hidden motivations The world of the marvelous had been transported from the isolated castles woods and meadows of England s green and pleasant land to the magnificent townhouses and seedy alleys of an urban environment How had this occurred and what were the literary antecedentsI believe that Notre Dame de Paris in 1831 is the point where this all begins Hugo took a shoot of the delicate gothic already in decline grafted it to the heartyoot of the city or precisely to a Gothic cathedral in the center of a great city where it was most likely to flourish watered it from the oasis of Arabian marvels dangerous hunchback guild of thieves beautiful dancing girl and cultivated the esulting growth with the historical method of Sir Walter Scott Thus the urban omance was bornThis was just the start of course Another decade of industrialism and population growth would make the great European cities seem even like ancient Baghdad Dickens would make the thieves guild central to the sinister London of Oliver Twist and Eugene Sue s exploration of urban vices in The Mysteries of Paris 1841 would soon be successfully imitated commercially if not artistically by England s Reynolds in The Mysteries of London and America s Lippard in The uaker City or The Monks of Monk s HallA little later the detective arrived in the gothic city Poe s DuPont Gaboriau s Leco Conan Doyle s Holmes and soon the marvelous and fantastic we. More commonly known as The Hunchback of Notre Dame Victor Hugo’s Romantic novel of dark passions and unreuited loveIn the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre Dame Cathedral lives uasimodo the hunchbacked bellringer Mocked and shunned for his appearance he is pitied only by Esmerelda a beautiful gypsy dancer to whom he becomes completely devoted Esmerelda howev. .
Re e introduced Stevenson s New Arabian Nights Machen S Arabian Nights Machen s Three Imposters as well fully preparing the urban landscape for the writers of the 20th century to construct their cities of omance in the worlds of detection and fantasyHugo tells us that the bones of uasimodo and Esmeralda have long ago turned to dust but the marvelous city of crimes and dreams continues to live on Okay I m glad I Sextus: Ou, Le Romain Des Maremmes: Suivi D'Essais Detaches Sur L'Italie: Par M. Me Hortense Allart de Therase read this book if only to find out just how badly Disneyuined
the story for the sake of their embarassing excuse for a filmstory for the sake of their embarassing excuse for a film horrendous straight to video seuel which I fortunately only saw previews for will not be spoken of at all Victor Hugo has a gift for the most ungodly depressing stories but he writes very well when he s not Die Zarin rambling pointlessly to stretch out his page count But I can t bring myself to give this four stars and for one simpleeason with the exception of uasimodo and Esmeralda every single character in this book is an insufferable dickhead Frollo obviously deserves to be fed to sharks simply for the mind boggling levels of creepiness he manages to achieve over the course of the story Phoebus is even of a fratboy asshole that I d previously thought and the way he decides to seduce Esmeralda despite the fact that she s the Gypsy euivalent of a vestal virgin made me want to teleport into the story so I could kick him in the nuts Frollo s younger brother Jehan is a Meaning in History: The Theological Implications of the Philosophy of History relatively minor character but he gets mentioned because in every single scene he appears in he s constantly yammering away and trying to be clever and witty theesult being that he makes Jar Jar Binks seem terribly endearing in comparison And Gringoire I had such hope for him He starts out promising but then once Esmeralda gets arrested all he can worry about is the stupid goat because I guess he thinks she s cuter than his fucking wife who saved his fucking life When he joins Frollo to get Esmeralda out of the catherdral he leaves the sixteen year old girl with Pastor Pedo McCreepy and chooses to save the goat The fucking goat One final word of advice skip the chapter entitled A Bird s Eye View of Paris It s thirty pages of pointless babbling about what Paris looks like from Notre Dame and it is impossible to ead all the way through without wanting to stab yourself in the eyes with the first sharp object
You Can ReachI Knowcan eachI know you Nosferatu re saying Thirty pages Pfft that s nothing I can get through that Iead Ulysses First of all you did not Second no you cannot get through these thirty pages Mind numbing does not do it justice It is pointless Don t say I didn t warn you While Snuggle Up, Little One: A Treasury of Bedtime Stories reading this book I started to notice how little the Hunchback is in it A Goodreads friend mentioned that this is why the title for it in France is actually Our Lady of Paris For someeason English translations chose the the Hunchback for the titleIf other books movies or TV shows named themselves based on a character that was involved as much as uasimodo was in this story here is what they would be calledStar Wars ChewbaccaHarry Potter Neville LongbottomThe Big Bang Theory Howard WalowitzThe Shining Danny Torrance Frozen OlafLost Smoke MonsterAll those characters are important to the stories but they are hardly the main focus While this is the case with this book it is not necessarily a bad thing just a thing to be aware of going in you Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen really don t get very much uasimodoAftereading and loving Les Miserables I had high hopes for this book But it was just okay I am glad I The Jive Talker read it and I did enjoy it a lot in a few parts but most of it was a slog Hugo spends the first 350 pages or so setting up the story describing Paris at Er has also attracted the attention of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo and when sheejects his lecherous approaches Frollo hatches a plot to destroy her that only uasimodo can prevent Victor Hugo’s sensational evocative novel brings life to the medieval Paris he loved and mourns its passing in one of the greatest historical omances of the nineteen. He time of the story etc I think many who try this would have a hard time staying interested Also and I hate to say this because I always want my books to be unabridged but you could probably abridge this to 150 200 pages and still get everythingClassics buffs Hugo fans hardcore historical fiction fans step ight up Casual eader thinking about checking out some Hugo step on over to Les Mis Written by Victor Hugo who also brought us the wonderful classic Les Mis ables which in some ways is very similar to this story I noticed a sort of parallel between Inspector Javert and Claude Frollo this large classic features deep characters dark but important thematic elements and morality which isn t always so black and white Until Wurr 3 (Wurr recently my only experience with The Hunchback of Notre Dame had been watching the 1990 s Disney animated film on VHS as a kid which was waaaay back in 2005 and my memory of it isn t so good except that Iemember being disappointed by the ending in which Esmeralda inevitably doesn t love uasimodo in spite of him being a kind person I was eight years old it hadn t occurred to me back then that life arely works out that way and feeling very sorry for poor Frollo in his eventual demise god knows why he was scary back then Kids in my elementary school classes had nightmares about him I decided I should go back and e experience the story but this time I wanted to try eading the original book over the Disney film The novel is considerably deeper although the Disney
did try and in all fairness did to capture some of the complex emotions and psychology behind the characters as a film intended for children it left out many of the book s deeper moments and is adically different from the book in many Das überforderte Gehirn: Mit Steinzeitwerkzeug in der Hightech-Welt respects uasimodo actually isn t a huge presence in the novel in spite of him being the titular character which was a bit odd but the book seems to be about sharing a message than it is about the characters themselves I can t say that I loved The Hunchback of Notre Dame as much as Les Misables unfortunately While it s still a great novel and undeniably well written The Hunchback of Notre Dame seems in its own weird way to be a commentary on Victor Hugo s perception of France s architecture and a historicalpolitical glance back in time The pacing and structure of the novel isfilm did try and in all fairness did
also difficult to get used to If you like linear plots with only a couple of charactersdifficult to get used to If you like linear plots with only a couple of characters wouldn t ecommend it but if you like stories that follow their own course at their own time this one is a good choice I do however ecommend Ivy Vines Visions reading Les Misables first if you Mein Plan zur Rettung der unsichtbaren Freundin von nebenan re new to the work of Victor Hugo It s arguably his best novel but also giveseaders a chance to get immersed in his writing style before moving onto his other books ok i ll be honest i hated the first 150 pages and had i not been Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House reading it for book club i would have abandoned it about 300 pages in i started to think it was okay around 400 ieally liked it at page 450 i couldn t put it down i stayed up till 2am last night finishing it so is it worth the painful first half to get to the second half now that i ve done it i would say so victor hugo could have used a good editor pages and pages of diatribes and descriptions that made me feel like pulling my hair out but the story is chilling and wonderful i understood after Chicken Licken reading it why there are so many abridged versions of course its a piece out of history melodramatic and predictable but one expects that all in all i felt satisfied going to bed last night havingead such a great book still next time i ead Hugo i will be prepared for a big front end investmen. Th century John Sturrock’s clear contemporary translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing it as a passionate novel of ideas written in defence of Gothic architecture and of a burgeoning democracy and demonstrating that an ugly exterior can conceal moral beauty This evised edition also includes further eading and a chronology of Hugo’s lif. ,