Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris This Extraordinary Historical Novel, Set In Medieval Paris Under The Twin Towers Of Its Greatest Structure And Supreme Symbol, The Cathedral Of Notre Dame, Is The Haunting Drama Of Quasimodo, The Hunchback Esmeralda, The Gypsy Dancer And Claude Frollo, The Priest Tortured By The Specter Of His Own Damnation Shaped By A Profound Sense Of Tragic Irony, It Is A Work That Gives Full Play To Victor Hugo S Brilliant Historical Imagination And His Remarkable Powers Of Description

Victor Hugo, in full Victor Marie Hugo b February 26, 1802, Besan on, France d May 22, 1885, Paris, France , poet, playwrighter, novelist, dramatist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and perhaps the most influential exponent of the Romantic movement in France, who was the most important of the French Romantic writers Though regarded in France as one of that countr

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  • 510 pages
  • Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Victor Hugo
  • English
  • 12 July 2019
  • 9780451527882

10 thoughts on “Notre-Dame de Paris

  1. says:

    I recently read Victor Hugo s Notre Dame de Paris for the first time, and was delighted and moved by the experience Although it lacks the depth 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, rivaled only by Joyce s Dublin in Ulysses.It is a shame that this book is so seldom referred 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, Quasimodo, 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 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 Arthurian romances identified with each of these modern knight errants on a quest I also realized that the individuality of each city and the private detective s familiarity with it and his relation to it was an essential part of the genre s charm Even the most 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 antecedents I 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 hearty root 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 resulting growth with the historical method of Sir Walter Scott Thus the urban romance was born.This 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 Quaker City, or The Monks of Monk s Hall.A little later the detective arrived in the gothic city Poe s DuPont, Gaboriau s Lecoq, Conan Doyle s Holmes and soon the marvelous and fantastic were re introduced Stevenson s New Arabian Nights, Machen s The Three Imposters as well, fully preparing the urban landscape for the writers of the 20th century to construct their cities of romance in the worlds of detection and fantasy.Hugo tells us that the bones of Quasimodo and Esmeralda have long ago turned to dust, but the marvelous city of crimes and dreams continues to live on.

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    I have officially been wooed by nineteenth century French literature First Dumas and now this I just finished reading Victor Hugo s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and it was fantastic The characters, the themes, the literary structures Ahhh swoons Before I proclaim my love affair with Victor Hugo, I have to mention some negatives First off very, very difficult book to get into I struggled through at least the first hundred pages, and I m not that hard to please Secondly, up until this point, I had always thought that abridged novels were ridiculous How could the editors take parts out and still have the story make sense Upon reading unabridged Hugo, I understand The man had complete chapters devoted to discussing the history of Paris or the history of the cathedral, and while I admit that it was a clever way to show off his knowledge and spread his political ideals, it was not what I bargained for.The novel would have been accurately titled The Archdeacon of Notre Dame Frollo was not a judge as in the Disney movie They just tried to secularize him to an equivalent position I argue that Frollo was the protagonist The story spent most of its time with him his internal struggle, his plotting And his character was fantastic He was underhanded, but I pitied him He was pathetic, but I feared him He did evil, but I loved him Frollo was not simply a powerful villain he was a dynamic, complex character that, at times, the reader could really sympathize with.The other characters in the novel were equally impressive Esmeralda s sweet, strong innocence she was only sixteen and foolish devotion to Phoebus is heart wrenching Quasimodo s strength of body and heart is awe inspiring Phoebus selfish arrogance is antagonizing The minor characters, from the old heckling woman, to the foolish young Frollo the Archdeacon s brother , to the rambling philosopher, create a motley portrait of a fascinating world.Hugo s occasional comments on society cannot go unnoted I especially enjoyed one episode where Quasimodo was being questioned in court In the novel, unlike in the Disney movie, Quasimodo is deaf, so, as he is being questioned, he tries to anticipate the judge s questions and answer them accordingly The irony is that the judge was doing the same thing Hugo created a deaf judge Beautiful Anyway, a funny scene ensued, and Hugo made his point.The best part of the story maybe, there were just so many good ones was likely Hugo s portrayal of love Love was everywhere the inexplicable love Frollo had for his useless brother, the love that caused Frollo to accept Quasimodo, the love that broke a mother s heart at the loss of her daughter, the faithful love that sent Quasimodo to Frollo with his tail between his legs But the most stunning and provocative of all was the comparison of the three men who loved Esmeralda one man, loving her so much that he wanted to possess her one man, loving her for the moment, until another girl came along and one man loving her so much that she went before everything before his desire to be with her, before his desire to have her, before his own desire to live swoons again Awesome book When I started reading it, everyone felt the need to warn me that it didn t end like the Disney movie I was afraid I was scared that after stringing me along, Hugo was going to kill it at the end Don t worry he doesn t The end is moving and beautiful and fitting and so what if it s not Disney it s great.And, to further please the happy reader, there were a million good quotes Here you go Oh, love That is to be two, and yet one A man and a woman joined, as into an ange that is heaven Esmeralda Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of the ages He found that man needs affection, that life without a warming love is but a dry wheel, creaking and grating as it turns Alas The small thing shall bring down the great things a tooth triumphs over a whole carcass The rat of the Nile destroys the crocodile, the swordfish kills the whale the book will kill the edifice Frollo It is to this setting sun that we look for a new dawn Spira, spera Breathe, hope For love is like a tree it grows of itself it send its roots deep into our being, and often continues to grow green over a heart in ruins What man orders Circumstances disorder Frollo Everyone knows that great wealth is not acquired by letters, and that the most accomplished writers have not always a warm hearth in wintertime The lawyers take all the wheat for themselves and leave nothing by chaff for the other learned professions Gringoire, the philosopher A lighted candle never attracts one gnat only That s life It s often our best friends who make us fall Gringoire The human voice is music to the human ear Just a wonderful sample of the jewels contained in The Hunchback of Notre Dame The novel was difficult, but well worth the effort I m just sitting here in awe of it I can t write any .

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    Okay, I m glad I read this book, if only to find out just how badly Disney ruined the story for the sake of their embarassing excuse for a film the horrendous straight to video sequel, 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 rambling pointlessly to stretch out his page count But I can t bring myself to give this four stars, and for one simple reason with the exception of Quasimodo 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 equivalent 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 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, the result 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 read all the way through without wanting to stab yourself in the eyes with the first sharp object you can reach.I know what you re saying Thirty pages Pfft, that s nothing, I can get through that, I read 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.

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    922 Notre Dame de Paris Our Lady of Paris The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor HugoThe Hunchback of Notre Dame is a French Romantic Gothic novel by Victor Hugo, published in 1831 The story is set in Paris in 1482 during the reign of Louis XI The gypsy Esmeralda born as Agnes captures the hearts of many men, including those of Captain Phoebus and Pierre Gringoire, but especially Quasimodo and his guardian Archdeacon Claude Frollo Frollo is torn between his obsessive lust for Esmeralda and the rules of Notre Dame Cathedral He orders Quasimodo to kidnap her, but Quasimodo is captured by Phoebus and his guards, who save Esmeralda Gringoire, who attempted to help Esmeralda but was knocked out by Quasimodo, is about to be hanged by beggars when Esmeralda saves him by agreeing to marry him for four years The following day, Quasimodo is sentenced to be flogged and turned on the pillory for one hour, followed by another hour s public exposure He calls for water Esmeralda, seeing his thirst, approaches the public stocks and offers him a drink of water It saves him, and she captures his heart Later, Esmeralda is arrested and charged with the attempted murder of Phoebus, whom Frollo actually attempted to kill in jealousy after seeing him trying to seduce Esmeralda She is sentenced to death by hanging As she is being led to the gallows, Quasimodo swings down by the bell rope of Notre Dame and carries her off to the cathedral under the law of sanctuary, temporarily protecting her from arrest Frollo later informs Gringoire that the Court of Parlement has voted to remove Esmeralda s right to the sanctuary so she can no longer seek shelter in the Cathedral and will be taken away to be killed Clopin, the leader of the Gypsies, hears the news from Gringoire and rallies the citizens of Paris to charge the cathedral and rescue Esmeralda When Quasimodo sees the Gypsies, he assumes they are there to hurt Esmeralda, so he drives them off Likewise, he thinks the King s men want to rescue her, and tries to help them find her She is rescued by Frollo and Gringoire But after yet another failed attempt to win her love, Frollo betrays Esmeralda by handing her to the troops and watches while she is being hanged When Frollo laughs during Esmeralda s hanging, Quasimodo pushes him from the height of Notre Dame to his death Quasimodo goes to the cemetery, hugs Esmeralda s body, and dies of starvation with her Years later they are discovered and, while trying to separate them, Quasimodo s bones turn to dust 1972 1348 242 19 1362 309 1362 108 1370 547 1385 526 1386 1387 1388 9789646030282 1370 368 1380 390 1371 128 1375 9646208193 1375 192 1392 159 9789645680464 ANATKH

  5. says:

    Victor Hugo ties in the destinies of a handful people in Paris in the late fifteenth century so cleverly and atmospheric together in a tragedy, that it belongs to the most known dramas in European literature The significance of this work is based on the psychological archetypes that Hugo portrays as tragic characters The author characterized the underlying society with particular destinies and psychographics Church, nobility, poets and criminality of the contemporary Paris, which are here represented by individual fates, are leading to genre picture of this time I personally think that Hugo s excellent narrative style and ability to act are complex and intelligent.

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    While 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 some reason, English translations chose the the Hunchback for the title.If other books, movies, or TV shows named themselves based on a character that was involved as much as Quasimodo was in this story, here is what they would be called Star 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 really don t get very much Quasimodo.After reading and loving Les Miserables, I had high hopes for this book But, it was just okay I am glad I 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 the 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 everything.Classics buffs, Hugo fans, hardcore historical fiction fans step right up Casual reader thinking about checking out some Hugo, step on over to Les Mis

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    Written by Victor Hugo, who also brought us the wonderful classic Les Mis rables 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 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 I remember being disappointed by the ending, in which Esmeralda inevitably doesn t love Quasimodo in spite of him being a kind person I was eight years old it hadn t occurred to me back then that life rarely 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 re experience the story, but this time I wanted to try reading the original book over the Disney film The novel is considerably deeper although the Disney film did try, and in all fairness did manage 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 radically different from the book in many respects Quasimodo 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 Mis rables, 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 historical political glance back in time The pacing and structure of the novel is also difficult to get used to If you like linear plots with only a couple of characters, I wouldn t recommend it, but if you like stories that follow their own course at their own time, this one is a good choice I do however recommend reading Les Mis rables first if you re new to the work of Victor Hugo It s arguably his best novel but also gives readers a chance to get immersed in his writing style before moving onto his other books.

  8. says:

    Victor Hugo s Les Mis rables is one of my all time favourite novels and so it s odd that I ve never read any of his other books In order to fill in the gaps in my reading, I ve decided to read at least one classic a month this year and am so glad I started with The Hunchback of Notre Dame Wow, wow WOW What a freaking good story It s not quite as good as Les Mis but it s still incredible At times Hugo can be long winded and I could have thrown the Kindle across the room when he rambled on for 50 or so pages describing Notre Dame and the view from there However, as I didn t fancy breaking the Kindle and having to buy a new one, I reined myself in and plowed through it Maybe physical books ARE better than e books in this case After that section, thankfully near the beginning, the book was very enjoyable and gripping But damn It will break your heart Still, Hugo s wit is prevalent throughout and I found myself chuckling several times, even though the story is so tragic I m so glad I finally got around to reading this.

  9. says:

    ok i ll be honest i hated the first 150 pages and had i not been reading it for book club i would have abandoned it about 300 pages in i started to think it was okay around 400 i really 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 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 having read such a great book still next time i read Hugo i will be prepared for a big front end investment.

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    If these stones could speak Victor Hugo wrote this book in 1829, largely to make his contemporaries aware of the value of the Gothic architecture, which was neglected and often destroyed, only to be replaced by new buildings or defaced by replacing parts of buildings in a newer style such as the beautiful glass window of N tre Dame.The actual French title translates to Our Lady in Paris as it is not really about Quasimodo but about the cathedral of N tre Dame.Now, in order to understand the core story, I have to go somewhat into detail For those, who don t want to know, I recommend skipping this paragraph, fair warning.We find ourselves in Paris in 1482 Archdeacon Frollo is torn between his oaths and his obsessive lust for the gypsy Esmeralda He therefore instructs Quasimodo to kidnap Esmeralda Quasimodo, a half blind and meanwhile also deaf hunchback, loving Frollo ever since he took Quasimodo in when his mother abandoned him as a child, does as he s told However, Quasimodo is stopped by Captain Phoebus and his guards and is captured by them Subsequently, he is sentenced to be flogged and turned on the pillory for an hour, followed by another hour s public exposure During this ordeal, he almost dies of thirst but Esmeralda, of all people, saves him by giving him water which makes him fall in love with her.Frollo, meanwhile, driven half mad by jealousy, tries to kill Captain Phoebus and, when that fails, frames Esmeralda for the attempted murder since she keeps refusing him Quasimodo saves her from the gallows by swinging down from N tre Dame and taking her into the cathedral, claiming sanctuary for her The leader of the gypsies then tries to rally the citizens of Paris to free Esmeralda before the Parliament can vote to deny her the right to sanctuary However, Quasimodo mistakes their motives and repels them while thinking that the King s men are there to help Eventually, Esmeralda and Quasimodo are betrayed by Frollo, Esmeralda being handed over to the guards and hanged Frollo, truly mad now, laughs while watching from a balcony high up on N tre Dame, driving Quasimodo to push him off to his death Then, Quasimodo vanishes it is implied that he dies also, holding Esmeralda s body in a comforting embrace.This is not the entire story, not by far But it is the core and what is usually addressed in movie adaptations and perhaps than future readers want to know in advance which is why I wrote that warning above.It has to be stated that Quasimodo does not feature too often in this story The reason being that the story is about the structure of the cathedral, its timelessness and what it witnessed ever since it was built The author was trying to make the point that mere men don t have the right to destroy or through inaction allow to come to harm such a magnificent and important piece of architecture Nevertheless, it is a love story and one of the most tragic ones at that It features all the elements relevant at the time the aloof upper society including the uncaring ruling parties, the lower levels of society such as beggars and gypsies, artists, conflicted and not to be trusted members of the clergy, outcasts In short the puppets and puppet masters.The book impresses with the author s impeccable writing style, rich with lively descriptions that place one firmly amongst the characters The author also effortlessly throws in historical information as decoration to describe the timelessness of structures and of works of art.Albeit this being a tragic romance, it is also definitely a satire full of sarcasm shown in people using gatherings in the church to gossip and make fun of others, or shown in how the people here react to current events and inventions Printing will kill bookselling since it supposedly is a wretched German invention lol Not to mention the social criticism that continuously exposes ludicrous customs, vanity, hypocrisy and other character weaknesses.Like Dumas, Hugo allows a sharp look at the times, at the different levels of society and politics but also at peoples characters and occupations Unlike Dumas, however, Hugo doesn t quite manage to successfully walk the knife s edge between bringing the surroundings and times alive through detailed descriptions, firmly placing the story through adding relevant historical information and clubbing the reader to death with too much information that has no immediate merit whatsoever Nevertheless, it is an important piece and I very much enjoyed Bill Homewood s narration once again.

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