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Stowed away in the bell tower of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Quasimodo is treated like a monster. Then he meets a kind gypsy girl named Esmeralda, and he becomes an unexpected hero when he saves her from an unjust sentence of death. Written in graphic-novel format.
Paperback, 72 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Stone Arch Books (first published January 14th 1831)
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Bill  Kerwin
Apr 11, 2013 Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 abou
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Melissa Rudder
Jan 23, 2008 Melissa Rudder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 po
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Huda Yahya
Feb 22, 2012 Huda Yahya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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وكأن هذه الأنشودة الخالدة يتردد صداها في كل روايات هوجو
أنشودة المظلومين والثائرين في كل مكان
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpDbv...

"إن هذا الألم لا يهرم أبدا.."
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واحد من المساكين
البؤساء
التعساء
والمحرومين
والمنعزلين عن العالم

واحد اسمه كوازيمودو
كل ذنبه في الحياة أنه قبيح
قبيح وفقير وبائس
وله قلب من ذهب


كتلة من القبح
عزلها لمجتمع وأخفاها حتى لا يؤرق راحته أو يؤذي عينيه
العينان الأقبح والأكثر مدعاة للسخرية
بل والشفقة
جعلوه منبوذا دائما
وأضحوكة أحيانا
عشق الأحدب نموذج الجمال الكامل المتمثل في إزمير
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Madeline
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 ...more
Ahmed
Sep 07, 2013 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ببساطة إحنا كبشر بنحتاج نمتلك الشفقه تجاه الغير
الشفقه اللى ترضى غرورنا البشرى وترجع لنا جزء من انسانيتنا المفقودة
وبراعة المبدع انه يكون من عالم مختلف وثقافة مختلفةوزمن مغاير لزمنك ويقدر يأثر عليك بالقدر الكافى.
فيكتور هوجو مش محتاج ان حد يمدح فيه فهو من القامات الثابته فى مجال الادب ومن البشر اللى يسجلوا ف قائمة الارقى على الاطلاق
واحدب نوتردامهى احب اعماله الى قلبى واكثرها تأثيرا
عمل لا تستطيع ان تنسى اول مره قرأته فيه لانك ببساطه أكيد بكيت فيه بدموع
تسلسل الاحداث عبقرى ونهايته المأساويه اعطت للع
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Evripidis Gousiaris
Δεν χρειάζεται να πω πολλά γιατί η ιστορία είναι γνωστή. Θα πω μόνο ότι σε καμία περίπτωση δεν το περίμενα ΤΟΣΟ ΩΡΑΙΟ. Τόσο έντονο. Με μια του φράση ο Victor Hugo δημιουργούσε εκατοντάδες συναισθήματα.
Ο Κουασιμόδο προσηλωμένος και φυλακισμένος στον ναό Notre-Dame και εγώ προσηλωμένος και φυλακισμένος στις σελίδες του βιβλίου.
Διαβάστε το!
Chelsea
Mar 24, 2009 Chelsea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: mary howe
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 fe
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Heba
Oct 01, 2014 Heba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...تُرى من هو الوحش القبيح ؟؟
الأحدب ذو العين الواحدة الأصم والانسان قبل كل شيء ...
أم هؤلاء الذين يتهافتون على مشاهدة مُعذباً مُقيداً أو انسياق أحدهم للمشنقة ..!! فتتعالى ضحكاتهم ..ويسخرون ويزدرون..!!
تساءلت ما الذي يحمل هؤلاء على ذلك ؟؟...
ما الذي يجعلهم يستمتعون بتناثر الدماء على وجوههم إثر جلد أحدهم أمام أعينهم...!!!
..من الوحش القبيح ..من يكون ؟؟؟
كم امقت تعبير " الشفقة" وكأنه يلقي بظلال من الازدراء على نقيصة الآخر..ولطالما آثرت التعاطف وهو ان اجعل نفسي مكان من يتألم واحاول ان اشعر بما يشعر به و
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Ahmad Sharabiani
922. Notre-Dame de Paris = The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
گوژپشت نوتردام - ویکتور هوگو (جاودان خرد) ادبیات فرانسه؛ انتشاراتیها: توسن، سعیدی، عین اللهی، آرمان، بشارت، نهال نویدان، ارغوان، سمور، حقوقی و جاودان خرد منتشر شدهاست؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یکی از روزهای سال 1972 میلادی
عنوان: گوژپشت نوتردام؛ اثر: ویکتور هوگو؛ مترجم: احمد سعیدی؛ تهران، سعیدی، 1348، در 242 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی - قرن 19 م
مترجم: اسفندیار کاویان؛ تهران،عین الهی، 1362، در 309 ص؛
مترجم: لقا اردلان، تهران،
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Denisse
Jul 14, 2013 Denisse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Long descriptions lovers <3
Recommended to Denisse by: Disney movie. I know, so cliché
Buddy Read at: Emma's Tea Party

Oh my God! My brain is exhausted. I used too many neurons for this. I want to take a nap. I really wanted to love the book. In my defense I did like Frollo’s character. He has a very interesting and intense problem to read going on in his head. Sadly everyone else did not set up a thing on me. Alongside those endless descriptions, I found this story way too long and tedious. The writing is excellent, the passion behind it really inspiring but I’m just not interest
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Mohammad Saadeh
عندما تنهي هذه الرواية تأكد ان شعورك لن يكون جميلا, تأكد انك ستشعر بكل حزن الدنيا في قلبك.
قطعة فنية من فيكتور هوجو, رواية لا تقل روعة وجمالا عن البؤساء.
من البداية الى المنتصف لم اشعر بالمتعة في الاحداث ولكن تغير كل شيء بعد ذلك.
يروي لنا الكاتب قصة انسان ولد وفيه كل شيء قبيح في هذه الدنيا, لقد كان احدبا, بشعا, كثير الشعر, وفوق ذلك اصيب بالصمم فكان اصما.
يروي لنا الحياة من منظور هذا الاحدب, يروي لنا كيف يرى هذا الاحدب البشع الناس وكيف يرونه هم, وكيف يتعامل هذا الاصم معهم, ويروي لنا مدى اخلاصه للذين
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Corinne
Victor Hugo’s first real novel, written under duress from his publisher!! Nevertheless, he manages to render a dark environment joyous, almost funny at times.

For me, the protagonist is not Quasimodo but Esmeralda. It’s her inner and outer struggles we have access to the most. As usual, Victor Hugo portrayed them realistically, neither all good nor all bad, thus humane and credible. Even Gringoire and Claude are portrayed that way, as human beings subjected to primal instincts and humane spiritu
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Huda Aweys
اتعرض عليه النص دا معد كمسرحية ودي كانت اول مرة اقراه بصراحه .. ولاني موش قريت الرواية نفسها كنص ادبي فكل اللي اقدر اقوله .. او جايه اقوله هنا .. اني حبيت ازميرالدا اوي :) و شفتها ايقونه للحريه و القوة على أي حال
Maha Maged
Sep 23, 2014 Maha Maged rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أو تدرين يا فتاة ما الشقاء ؟!! أن تكون إنساناً ولا إنسان، رجلا و لكنك مكفوف عن مصائر الرجال، أن تحب ولا تنال، لدرجة أن تخسر دينك في سبيل لذة الوصال، فلا تلقى بعد خسرانه منها إلا الصدود و النكال، أن تجد من حولك مجرد أكلون للحوم البشر ، أن تُنفي من قلوب البشر لذنب لا يد لك فيه
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كمية البؤس و الشقاء اللي في العالم كتيــرة جدا و عقب انتهاء الرواية هينتابك يقين أن وجود شخص واحد يحبك نعمة تستوجب الشكر و الحمد طول العمر ..
أول معرفة بفيكتور هوجو و أكيد مش الأخيرة
Mahdi Lotfi
گوژپشت نتردام (به فرانسوی: Notre-Dame de Paris) رمانی است به قلم ویکتور ماری هوگو، نویسنده فرانسوی که در ۱۸۳۱ انتشار یافت.
هوگو در مقدمه کتاب مینویسد: ((چند سال پیش نویسنده این کتاب به هنگام تماشا یابهتر بگوییم ضمن کاوش در کلیسای نتردام در یکی از زوایای تاریک برجهای آن کلمه ANATKH را که دستی عمیقا بر یکی از دیوارها کنده بود مشاهده کرد.))... ((کسی که این کلمه را بر دیوار برج کلیسای نتردام نقش زده بود چندین قرن پیش از جهان رخت بربسته و نوشته او هم بدنبال وی ناپدید گردیده، پایان عمر کلیسا نیز بسیار
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Andrei Tamaş
Sep 03, 2015 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Nôtre-Dame de Paris" este un roman estetic care are să fie înțeles numai de către spiritele clasice. în el este descris cu minuțiozitate Parisul secolului al XV-lea, din timpul domniei lui Ludovic al XI-lea. 100 de pagini sunt strict dedicate arhitecturii clasice, iar autorul vede în Renaștere un fel de decădere a artei. El compară Parisul cu "o uriașă tablă de șah făcută din piatră".
De asemenea, titlul romanului nu este "Cocoșatul de la Nôtre-Dame" (deși e drept că Quasimodo, cocasatul, e unu
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♔ Leah.
This is definitely my favourite classic, I loved the dark atmosphere of the book, and the setting being Notre-Dame, which is one of my favourite places in Paris. It's not entirely dark and horrible, there are times when it can be humorous, but it's brutal in terms of showing what obsession can become when it's misunderstood as love and the true form of love shown by other characters.

When starting this book, it was really difficult to get into which is why I had to force myself to keep reading u
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Martitara
Sep 10, 2015 Martitara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No voy a negar que hay partes de insufribles (y laaaaaargas) descripciones de cosas que no tenían que ver con la historia y que me han puesto un poco de los nervios. Pero en fin... Victor Hugo, lo has vuelto a hacer. Me han vuelto a atrapar tus personajes miserables y la forma que tienes que entrelazar sus desgracias y decir cada cosa en momento preciso para crear un conjunto tres veces más trágico. Maldito seas. Hashtag DRAMA.
Sanja
Nov 18, 2015 Sanja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Petica, iako mi je lik Esmeralde bio toliko iritantan da sam ja htela da se obesim. Ipak, veličanstveno delo, zaista.
Victoria Addis
Jan 08, 2017 Victoria Addis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mary-jane
Oct 29, 2014 Mary-jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
",Η παναγία των Πρισιωv" ειναι ένα βιβλίο που με συγκίνησε,αν και απουσίαζε από αυτό ο ανθρωπισμός και το βάθος που ο Ούγκο προσέδωσε στους "Άθλιους".Παρ'όλα.αυτα και αυτό,όπως και "οι Άθλιο",ειναι ένα βιβλίο-αριστούργημα.Ειναι άρτιο από κάθε άποψη:πλοκή,χαρακτήρες,διάλογος,περιγραφές.Επίσης,ο Ούγκο έκανε εκτεταμένη έρευνα για το Μεσαιωνικό Παρισυ,προσαρμόζοντας τέλεια τη πλοκή με τα ιστορικά στοιχεία.
Αυτό.που λάτρεψα σε αυτο το βιβλίο ήταν οι χαρακτήρες.Κάθε ένας από αυτούς ειναι μια συνθέτη πρ
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Yara (The Narratologist)
Disney lied to us.



Let me specify.

You probably guessed that Victor Hugo’s novel does not have dancing gargoyles or Wizard of Oz references, but it goes much deeper than that. In fact, we can trace its primary misdirection back to whoever first decided on the English translation of the title of the book: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. This implies that the main character of the story is Quasimodo, the misformed outcast with a heart of gold who longs to spend oooone daaay ooouuut theeeeere. Howeve
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Scarlett
Lune,
qui là-haut s'allume
Sur
Les toits de Paris
Vois
Comme un homme peut souffrir
d'amour...


- Luc Plamondon, „Lune“ from Notre-Dame de Paris (1998 French musical)


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There is no other day for me quite like Good Friday. It has always somehow stood out from the shadowy rest of the year and borne a personal significance ever since I can remember. Year by year I was struck with silent awe when facing the perfect stillness which spread itself as a spider web above every rooftop in the quarter of the lit
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Tatiana Khaykina
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Jason
Nov 02, 2009 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happened to the beginning of this unabridged story!? For 300 pages, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame was scribed like a meandering storyline over a checkerboard, each square representing a chapter of the book. The few squares scribed directly by the line told fleeting, but essential parts of the story (about Quasimodo, Esmeralda, and Frollo). The more numerous squares adjacent to the scribed storyline told even less essential bits of the story. And, the majority of squares, several dozen chapter ...more
Wanda
Jun 12, 2013 Wanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know about you, but I think about obsessional crimes and stalking as modern phenomena, exacerbated by life in huge cities. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame demonstrates that there is truly nothing new under the sun. Victor Hugo wrote this tale of obsession in the 1800s. The gypsy girl, La Esmeralda, has the misfortune of attracting the obsessional gaze of two men, the archdeacon Claude Frollo and his protégé, the deformed bell-ringer of the cathedral, Quasimodo. She, in her turn, is fixated o ...more
Bushra
من الروايات التي سأشتاق لها بعد أن أنهيتها -رغم الكثير من المبالغات وعدم الاقناع المعتاد في الروايات الكلاسيكية-..
أربعمائة صفحة غنية بالأحداث والدلالات من وكر اللصوص.. إلى جمهور المسرحية.. إلى الأم الثكلى.. إلى استغلال الدين لأهداف شخصية.. إلى الخمسة شخصيات الذين تتناولت الرواية خيبات وتناقضات حبهم ونفسياتهم.. إلى ما هو أهم من كل ذلك وهو عقلية الشعب الذي يتعامل مع ما يحصل لأفراده كما يتعامل مع مسرحية مسلية!! لا فرق أن يحدث شيء جيد أو سيء لأي فرد المهم أن يحدث شيء ما وأياً ما يحدث سيمتعهم ويسليه
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Rebecca
Sep 22, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is brilliant, the plot is unusual. But-- perhaps like in life-- where are the good guys? Esmerelda doesn't say much other than "Oh Pheobus!" She's a very flat character, imho. The book seems to be a study in love gone wrong-- romantic love, parental love, all gone wrong. There are examples of charitable love toward Quasimoto, and in the end he performs a selfless act for Esmerelda, but overall it was a very depressing look at love vs lust, and a study in what not to do. five stars fo ...more
Bruce
Aug 19, 2013 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When approaching and reading this fascinating narrative, the reader is well advised to try and forget the silly Walt Disney film based on the story. This work is far more finely wrought, more complex and subtle, more emotionally wrenching and profound than that ridiculous movie suggests. As with Les Miserables, attempts to dramatize such a long and multi-plotted work inevitably fall short and are best forgotten when one turns to the books themselves.

Many historical personages are mentioned in th
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Caroline Gurgel
Antes mesmo de terminar a leitura de Os Miseráveis, eu já sabia que ia querer ler tudo que Victor Hugo escrevera. Então, assim que concluí o que se tornou o melhor livro da minha vida, engatei em O Corcunda de Notre Dame com altas expectativas.

A história se passa na Paris de 1482 e não tem um personagem principal, como pode sugerir o título, mas vários. O Corcunda de Notre Dame nos fala não só do corcunda Quasímodo, mas também da cigana Esmeralda, do poeta pobretão Gringoire, do capitão mau cará
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Victor-Marie Hugo was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and perhaps the most influential exponent of the Romantic movement in France.
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