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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  103,596 ratings  ·  2,398 reviews
Román Chrám Matky Boží v Paříži vypráví legendární příběh hrbatého zvoníka Quasimoda a jeho nešťastné lásky k nádherné cikánské tanečnici. Odehrává se na konci patnáctého století ve Francii a většina děje se točí kolem slavné katedrály Notre-Dame v centru středověkého města. Může se pod ohyzdnou slupkou skrývat to nejpoctivější srdce? Dokáže čistá láska změnit moudrého a b ...more
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Melissa Rudder
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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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
Bill  Kerwin

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, rivalled 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
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Huda Yahya
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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Chelsea
Apr 07, 2009 Chelsea rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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Denisse
Aug 21, 2015 Denisse rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Long descriptions lovers <3
Recommended to Denisse by: Disney movie. I know, so cliché
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 interesting in full chapters with just a ...more
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
Ahmed
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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Maha Maged
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
♔ 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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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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Wanda
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
Jason
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
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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Yara
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 the 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. Ho
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Rebecca
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
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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Tyler
Amazing book! Loved the author's view on things. I really felt like I was getting glimpses of a great mind by reading this book. You might want to read it with a highlighter for good quotes. I'm reading Les Miserable right now and again I really like Victor Hugo's writing. There are times where he really goes into depth about history, or something and it is hard to read but if you can get past those parts you will thank yourself because he has some great writing.
Majo
Siempre me cuesta puntuar un clásico y este se me hace más difícil todavía...

Para escribir esta obra, Victor Hugo se inspiró en un grabado que encontró en la Catedral de Notre Dame. En torno a esa simple palabra, creó este libro, imaginándose quién la había escrito y bajo qué circunstancias. Además, utilizó el libro como excusa para plantear la conservación arquitectónica de la ciudad de París.

Eso fue, sin duda, lo más pesado del libro. Hay capítulos enteros describiéndonos la catedral, el Parí
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Carol
Although I enjoyed the story as a whole, I was a bit bored by some of it. I guess the edition I read may have had additional chapters in it.
Chiara Pagliochini
« Fatto che si abbia il male, bisogna farlo tutto quanto. È da pazzi sperare di fermarsi a un punto qualunque nel mostruoso! Il delitto spinto all’estremo ha deliri di gioia. »

Avete presente quando, al mattino, vi svegliate con le migliori intenzioni e appoggiando il piede sul tappeto vi si stampa in faccia un’espressione di trionfo? Sentite che quella sarà una giornata straordinaria. Sentite che potete fare tutto. Poi infilate le ciabatte, andate in bagno e scoprite, per esempio, che lo scarico
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Joe
"Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." This has created a theme that stories have focussed on for centuries. It is one that we try to teach different ways with more unique characters.

When one first reads a synopsis of "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame", they would easily assume they will be reading another author's method of bringing this theme into their story. However, very shortly into the novel one finds that Quasimodo is not orginally this fully rejected outcast
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Amy
When I was in middle school, I'd watched and enjoyed the Disney animated version of the story, totally oblivious to how absolutely horribly Disney had "cleaned it up" for the children. Then one day, on the word of the day mailing list I'm subscribed to, one of the words had an example on its use pulled from the book. Just that one except was enough to totally floor me, I knew Disney really frelled with things, but I never remembered it being so extreme before. I had for some reason assumed the m ...more
Tonino Mangano
È il primo romanzo di Victor Hugo che leggo e, a mio modesto modo di vedere, non potevo iniziare in modo migliore.
Da alcune informazioni su Notre-Dame de Paris, ho saputo che quest’opera è stata scritta da un Hugo pressoché ventenne.
È stupefacente pensare che, così giovane, questo autore abbia saputo scrivere di una Parigi medievale con una minuzia di particolari encomiabile, tipica di un’analisi da libro storiografico più che di un normale romanzo di narrativa. Hugo spazia da descrizioni geogra
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Sanabel Atya
لقد صدق من صنفها مع روائع الأدب العالمي....واحدة من الروايات التي تعلق أدق تفاصيلها في الذاكرة،طويلاً وربما دائماً.

تعليقي العام// ما هذه العدالة التي لا يهمها تفاصيل القضية،لا يهمها مُتهم أو ضحية..بقدر ما يهمها كبش الفداء أو ذاك القُربان الذي سيُقدم للمشنقة؟! سُحقاً لها من عدالة... إنها حقاً عصور الظلام، كيف كانت أوروبا وكيف أصبحت!! ولكني أرى أن العدالة لا زالت منقوصة ولو بمقدار أنملة!

وصدق فيكتور حينما قال في سطور الرواية:
" وباء إرهاب المشنقة،أخطر الأوبئة لأنه لا يأتي من الله بل من الإنسان!"


لطا
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Alex
We start above Paris in 1482 and then zero in on the Palais de Justice, through the windows, into an unruly mob of students, over the failure of a play, and finally come to rest on the glaring eye of Quasimodo, framed with Victor Hugo's incomparable sense of drama.

From then on, the action is gripping. The reverse Frankenstein Quasimodo is the soul of the book. (Well, Notre Dame itself is the soul, but Quasimodo is its homunculus. Scenes of him crawling all over the facade of the church are the b
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Kiwi
There are so many excellent reviews of this book that I am reluctant to add one of mine. Unfortunately, due to my poor French abilities, I had to rely to translations of the book. I was surprised that the name was changed from the original French of Notre-Dame de Paris to The Hunchback of Notre-Dame in English, it is evident that Hugo intent was to focus on Paris in general and the Cathedral in particular rather than on the hunchback role.
I didn’t know that this novel spurred an interest into G
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Whitelady3
How I'm sorry I didn't read it after being in Paris. I would still have the it fresh in my mind even if 1482 Paris is a very different city from the one we're able to enjoy today. But in this book Victor Hugo takes us by the hand and show us that city and its incredible buildings, mainly Notre Dame (which actually left me in love with it when I went there, is just gorgeous and the view is breath taking).

The book is a bit slow, very descriptive, but once the story picks up and you see Fate unrave
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Matt
This isn't a review of the book itself, but rather a sampler of its English translations. Since the ratio of English readers of Hugo to English translators of Hugo is perilously close to 1:1, I thought a quick taste test was in order, so I've whipped up this plateau d'amuse-gueules so that you can find your favorite. I've compiled as many versions of the opening paragraph(s) as I could find online; I had no luck unearthing Hazlitt [1833], but most of the others are here. I've ended with Hugo's o ...more
Gaijinmama
Well, first and foremost, this is not a Disney movie!
The title is a misnomer. The original French title is Notre Dame de Paris and the cathedral itself is the star of this show. The unfortunate hunchback is only in maybe a third of the scenes.
I actually wept at the end of Hugo's Les Misérables ...the book not the musical...so I was expecting the same level of brilliance and connection. It didn't happen. This story was sad and violent and just so terribly unfair, but the characters did not touch
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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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