The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  81,022 ratings  ·  1,876 reviews
Tor Classics are affordably-priced editions designed to attract the young reader. Original dynamic cover art enthusiastically represents the excitement of each story. Appropriate "reader friendly" type sizes have been chosen for each title--offering clear, accurate, and readable text. All editions are complete and unabridged, and feature Introductions and Afterwords.

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Mass Market Paperback, 458 pages
Published June 15th 1996 by Tor Classics (first published January 1st 1831)
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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...more
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
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...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...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
♔ 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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
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.
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...more
Nemo
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Ali Sallam
من روائع الأدب الفرنسي

تأخذك بشكل ساحر إلى باريس في العصور الوسطى

فتحبس أنفاسك بين دوامة من مشاعر الخيانة والحب والأمل

بين كوازيمودو : قارع أجراس كاتدرائية نوتردام القبيح

وكلود فرولو ؛ رئيس الشماسه المعذب

وازميرالدا ؛ الراقصة الغجرية الفاتنة

والقائد فيبس ؛ الذي يخدع ازميرالدا ويوهمها بحبه لها


من روائع القصص العالمية
Lobstergirl
Feb 16, 2014 Lobstergirl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Johnny Weir
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The novel falls short of greatness because it’s simply too operatic and absurd. A recluse living in a rat-hole, protecting the tiny shoe of the baby gypsies stole from her sixteen years ago. The coincidentally 16-year-old Esmeralda, stuck in a circular loop of capture and escape. The priest Claude Frollo is perhaps the least believable character – a man who has done good his whole life, until he casts eyes on Esmeralda and becomes a celibate man obsessed, no longer able to tell right from wrong...more
Kim
I listened to this on a French language audiobook, downloaded at no cost from http://www.litteratureaudio.com/. The English title is The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

It was the first time I have tackled this classic of French literature. I suspect that I appreciate the fact that I made the effort more than I appreciate the work itself. I chose to listen on audiobook so that I would not feel compelled to look up every single word I wasn't sure of in the dictionary. This strategy worked for me. I unde...more
Laurele
A tour de force--a melodrama--the stuff of opera--how can one classify Victor Hugo's biography of a work of architecture and of that work's soul, a deformed man with a beautiful heart? The author moves with such a quick, sure foot through the tale with its multiple characters, from beggar to king, that believe him we must, at least with some part of our being. It is not a work to analyze, but certainly one to live.
Wally
I suffered through Victor Hugo's Les Miserables in high school French, but I thought I'd take this on the airplane on my way to Paris, and I wasn't disappointed at all. The plot begins by following a somewhat minor character (who keeps popping up at crucial points and becomes something more major to the plot and theme), a poet who writes a morality play, fails utterly to perform it and get paid for it, and falls in with a crowd to thieves and vagabonds. On his descent, he encounters the innocent...more
Ben
First of all, forget everything you think you know about this story based on Disney films or other adaptions. This is a horrid account of death in the stylings of Shakespearean tragedy offset by brilliant and imaginitive prose.

Victor Hugo craftily employs character contrast, metaphor, split narrative, etc to render "Hunchback". Without going to much into detail, I will say these are merely devices by which Hugo drafts the misunderstandings and tragedy that would ensue through the story: Esmereld...more
David
Dec 17, 2011 David rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Hunchbacks, Gypsy dancers, lustful priests, philandering guardsmen
Talk about being seduced by a classic. I was really not enjoying this book at first, but slowly it grew on me. Notre-Dame de Paris, or "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" only becomes exciting in the last third of the book or so, but the first few hundred pages are a long, slow build-up that demands your patience and attention, and gradually you will realize what a masterful writer Victor Hugo was. The main character is not Quasimodo, nor is it Esmeralda, the beautiful gypsy dancer: it is the cathedra...more
Grania O' Malley
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Tempo de Ler
Rico, poético, magnífico - assombrosamente soberbo - «Nossa Senhora de Paris» é uma obra absolutamente inesquecível.

Com uma prosa magnífica, apurada ao extremo e manobrada com hábil controlo, Victor Hugo abre caminho por entre as histórias de Frollo, Esmeralda, Febo e Gringoire, todas convergindo para um trágico e inevitável final. A forma melodiosa e elegante com que o faz, adicionando inúmeras referências históricas, artísticas e literárias, faz valer a leitura só por si.
Embora demorado, espe...more
Linds
I need some more time to process this book, it's all very epic, very grand.

The only background I have of this is the Disney film, and as you can imagine there are huge differences.

The first is that while Quasimodo the hunchback is in the book, he is more of a supporting character and a catalyst for the action.

The story is set in medieval Paris. It is the story of three men and their relationship to a beautiful (on the outside and the inside) Esmeralda.

There is Frollo, a priest that lusts after...more
Yani. S
Un libro que esté bien escrito, que tenga una historia atrapante y que, además, sea entretenido no se encuentra todos los días. El jorobado de Nuestra Señora de París es uno de ellos. Lamentablemente, flaquea en ciertos puntos que contribuyeron a que no me gustara del todo y hasta me decepcionaron, porque mientras leía este libro estaba segura que iba a terminar calificándolo con cinco estrellas y agregándolo a mis favoritos. No sucedió ni una cosa ni la otra, como habrán podido ver. Quedó en...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 in maybe
a third of the scenes.
I actually wept at the end of Hugo's Les Misérables so I was expecting the same level of brilliance and connection. It didn't happen. This one was sad and violent and just so terribly unfair, but the characters just did not touch my heart the way Jean Valjean did...more
Amalie
This is the translation for "Notre-Dame of Paris". Penguin has done the translation very well. After failing two attempts with this novel I finally settled myself with Penguin and it is the best I've come across with very readable English. I really enjoyed this edition.

This does not compete with Hugo's Les Miserables (there aren't many novels that do) and that is because Les Mis title did not misled the readers. As you may be aware already, the English title "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is a fa...more
Dellitt
I don't know how this is possible, but sometimes I forget that this is my favorite book in the whole world. Tragic (and wonderfully so) and hilarious and insightful (frighteningly so). The characters are so memorable and conflicted, it's wonderful. I can't decide if I would rather be with Quasimodo in the tower when he rings the bell or by the gargoyles looking over the city. Best book ever written in any language anywhere at any time.
Dustin
Apr 26, 2013 Dustin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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What am I, completely dense?? I can't believe that I literally just realized that Victor Hugo also wrote Les Misérables..
Emily Polson
*Sob*
It's just too beautiful for words.
Jennifer
Reading The Hunchback of Norte-Dame was a nightmare for me. I don't mind trudging through a certain degree of detail, but The Hunchback contained well beyond a reasonable amount of description.

The book starts out with a play no one is watching. We return to what is going on with the play again and again which distracts from the excitement of the crowd. We are then provided with an entire chapter describing Notre-Dame. Quickly followed by a longer chapter about Paris that doesn't pertain to the s...more
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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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