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L'auteur de cet ouvrage, depuis le jour où il en a écrit la première page, jusqu'au jour où il a pu tracer le bienheureux mot FIN au bas de la dernière, a été le jouet de la plus ridicule illusion. S'étant imaginé qu'une composition en quatre volumes valait la peine d'être méditée, il a perdu son temps à chercher une idée fondamentale, à la développer bien ou mal dans un p...more
Paperback, 570 pages
Published November 1st 1981 by Gallimard Education (first published 1823)
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Robert Bly once said of a poem by Wallace Stevens that "it was as bad a poem as it is possible for a genius to write." I thought of that when reading this book. After Les Miserables and Notre Dame de Paris, it's hard to imagine that this work flowed from the same pen. There are flashes of the human insight and profound pathos that characterises the other two books, but they are few and far between. On the whole, this one book of Victor Hugo's is deservedly ignored.

I suppose that it does have th...more
Scattered, delayed reactions:

My second experience reading Victor Hugo. Considering that my first experience was with an English translation of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"--I stopped at page 99 and the plot still hadn't begun--I was surprised at the lack of description, but also pleased that I enjoyed it.

Once I got through the first few chapters, I found the novel to be a quick enough read. The plot advances almost as directly as an adventure/quest film, and because the narration follows many...more
The only Hugo book which ends happily. I have not expected such a nice final=) Evil is killed, good is rich and happy. Really nice!
The only minus is that Russian translation was made at the end of 19th century and Russian has changed a bit. This novel certainly need new fresh translation
I liked it, but seemed a little repetitive to me. The story jumps between scenes of political intrigue, longing romance, then Hans of Iceland killing people for the love of killing people, amazing coincidence that links more political intrigue, heart-wrenching longing romance, and Hans of Iceland killing, mutilating, and drinking the blood of his victims from his son's skull. Repeat this a few more times and you have the gist of the story.
Esteban Gordon
"Have you ever devoured the entrails of a living child?" - Hans is a bit of a rough customer...and delightfully so. Pure evil with no playing about. Fairly obvious that this is an early effort by Hugo with its herky jerky beginnings, but the genius still leaps forth. From the hero Ordener's departure in search of Hans, this novel is excellent. The fact that this was published when he was 21....what a titan.
This is a very dark, violent story set in Norway in the year 1699. The plot is complicated and there are many grotesque characters. Including the title character who kills people and drinks their blood. There are many twists and turns of the plot which makes for much suspense. Another character is an unlucky executioner.
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My kindle version of this book repeated a section, at least I think it did. I am giving up.
One bad ass MF Hans was, the devil inside, thank God for the Orderner in me...
Mike Saenz
Not the greatness of the mature Hugo, but I thought it was a great read still.
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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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