The Toilers of the Sea
A new translation by Scot James Hogarth for the first unabridged English edition of the novel, which tells the story of an illiterate fisherman from the Channel Islands who must free a ship that has run aground in order to win the hand of the woman he loves, a shipowner's daughter.
تدور أغلب أحدات الرواية في وصف معاناة جيليات في انتزاع المحرك ومحاولة إنقاذه والبقاء حياً مع كثرة الأخطار التي تتربص له
ينجح جيليات ويعود من سفره بالمحرك ولكنه يجد أن دار...more
Religion, Society, and Nature! these are the three struggles of man. They constitute at the same time his three needs. He has need of a faith; hence the temple. He must create; hence the city. He must live; hence the plough and the ship. But these three solutions comprise three perpetual conflicts. The mysterious difficulty of life results from all three. Man strives with obstacles under the form of superstition, under the form of prejudice, and under the form of the elements. A triple ἁν...more
Hugo's prose i...more
Translator: W. Moy Thomas
I DEDICATE THIS BOOK
ROCK OF HOSPITALITY AND LIBERTY
TO THAT PORTION OF OLD NORMAN GROUND
THE NOBLE LITTLE NATION OF THE SEA
TO THE ISLAND OF GUERNSEY
SEVERE YET KIND, MY PRESENT ASYLUM
PERHAPS MY TOMB
A WORD WRITTEN ON A WHITE PAGE
Christmas Day in the year 182- was somewhat remarkable in the island of
Guernsey. Snow fell on that day. In the Channel Islands a frosty winter
is uncommon, and a fal...more
My favorite quotes:
...fortresses, like women, boast of their besiegers when they are illustrious.
There is a measure of curiosity involved in the urge to offer sympathy.
All beings enter into one another. Putrefaction is nutrient. A fearful cleansing of the globe. Man, being carnivorous, is also a burier. Our life is made up of death. Such is the...more
"Navigation is the opposite of war. Navigation civilizes barbarism, war barbarizes civilization. What the mariners do may be freely admitted. But the strang...more
Victor Hugo, the modern era's poet philosopher, ponders Man's relationship with nature. He musters every ounce of his romantic emotion and universal sooth-saying while still dictating precise details regarding the actions, jargon and sciences of the cultural entity in the Norman archipelago. But, of course, a social dissentor...more
That someone is Victor Hugo, and that friend of mine is the Ocean.
Growing up on the coast, the ocean has been my friend since childhood. I have fond memories of countless hours spent on the beac...more
Hugo writes well enough, and in this book he's got a good grasp of technique--I appreciated his use of material that he sets up over time. He still has a bad habit of going on too long with his poetic diarrhea, however.
That is, too often he kill...more
لا أنكر أنّي بالبداية وقعت في لخبطة من طريقة هيقو بتقسيم الكتاب وتركيزه على كل شخصية بشكل منفرد ، حتى أني ظننت أنها مجموعة قصص عن بحّارين مختلفين ، لكن سرعان ماتتقاطع الأحداث وتترابط حكايا الشخصيات .
الرواية مليئة بالدهشة . فيها من الحب الكافي بتحدي الصخور والبحر الهائج والجوع والعطش . وفيها من التضحية مايجعلك تسمع صوت العواصف وتتذوق طعم الملح وتحس بالبرد .
تتألم لألم جيليات ، وتحس عظمة الطبيعة .
أحببتها ، وأظنها من الروايات الي ستبقى بذاكرتي طويل...more
A leitura desse livro marcou minha existência.
اعطيتها هذا التقييم بسبب الفلسفة ،،
عظيمة جداً. ورواية ملحمية
These characters are rooted in being either extremely good or bad. I totally see the irony in the fact that both the extremely good character and the villain come to nearly the same end. This is almost screaming that no matter your reason for being out to sea th...more
Beware - The ending of this tale is devastating. Truly heartbreaking statement on the power of fate and the lack of control we humans have over larger designs.