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Ninety-Three

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  2,995 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
An unabridged printing of Hugo's final work translated by Helen Dole, with all text and any illustrations, digitally enlarged
Paperback, 444 pages
Published December 9th 2007 by Rough Draft Printing (first published February 19th 1874)
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Luís C.
Here's my Hugo's favorite novel. It's the one that made me the most beautiful impression, despite the fierce competition that made him Les Misérables.
I am aware of the uniqueness of my preference and I would attempt to make you understand.
All this is due to my perception of Hugo. For me it is the masterful man of French letters. I think he knew, better than anyone, writing by taking a perspective both high and full of generous and touching understanding. This feature takes the genius, the miracu
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Debbie Zapata
Oct 27, 2016 Debbie Zapata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: douglas
The French Revolution was not simply capturing the Bastille and living happily ever after. As with all revolutions, there were unexpected results.

One of these became known as the Reign Of Terror, lasting from September 1793 to July 1794. Victor Hugo deals with this painful topic in his final novel, 'Ninety-Three.

I'm so close to speechless I can only say that every single person on the planet should read this book now.
Monsieurouxx
Aug 29, 2008 Monsieurouxx rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all non-French people
An incredibly realistic Painting of the French Revolution.

Some might say "it's not realistic, it's pure fantasy, it's much too lyric an passionate, and much too orientated in favor of the revolutionnaries" - indeed, it's only a novel, BUT it's realistic because it shows every aspects of this revolution, and that's precisely because it's lyric that you can understand it. A revolution cannot be described by facts, but by presenting the storm, the hates, the men, in one word : by showing that amazi
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Pierre E. Loignon
Voici mon roman favori de Hugo. C’est celui qui m’a fait la plus belle impression, malgré la très vive concurrence que lui font Les Misérables et de Notre-Dame de Paris.
Je suis conscient de la singularité de ma préférence et j’aimerais tenter de vous la faire comprendre.
Tout cela tient à ma perception de Hugo. Pour moi, c’est l’homme magistral des lettres françaises. À mon avis, il a su, mieux que personne, écrire en prenant une perspective à la fois élevée et pleine d’une compréhension généreu
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Laura
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

Translator: Aline Delano

Release Date: July 6, 2015 [EBook #49372]

Language: English

Produced by Laura N.R. and Marc D'Hooghe at http://www.freeliterature.org (Images generously made
available by the Hathi Trust - and by Gallica (Bibliothèque nationale de France) for the illustrations.)


This book has several translations but we found only this one, made by Aline Delano, to be more closer to the original French text. She also translated from the Russian the
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Wayne Barrett
Jan 05, 2017 Wayne Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, historical, war, 2017

I have read that the English translation is not nearly as good as the original French but the only French I know is 'French fry', so I had to settle. Not that that is a bad thing because in my opinion this was still a great classic from Hugo. This was the final work of the author of such masterpieces as Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, telling of the French revolution of 1793. Admittedly, I had never heard of the book and only know about it because I came across an old copy of i
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بسمة العوفي
رواية جميلة ككل أعمال فيكتور هوجو
ألقي الضوء في اسم الرواية علي أجمل ما فيها .ز الأطفال الثلاثة
وصوّر من خلالهم الحرب بين الزرق والبيض أو الجمهورية والملكية


طبعا ما يميز فيكتور هوجو الحبكة الرائعة في القصة ، والترابط في الأحداث ، والتسلسل والتناسق والدقة والواقعية
Elizabeth (Alaska)
This completes for me the trio of novels that tell of the conflict between the Royalist resistance in Brittany and the Republican Revolutionaries after the beheading of Louis XVI. I think I serendipitously read them in the "right" order, which happens to be in publication order: The Chouans, by Balzac, La Vendee by Trollope, and this by Hugo. They each have a somewhat different perspective.

The middle part of this was a slog, but it was sandwiched between two parts that were compelling. The slogg
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Rachel Murphy
I cannot believe I originally gave this book three out of five stars. What a humbug!! I have just listened to the audiobook again, and now starting it all over again....and I'm totally enthralled by it. I think I had expected something different from the outset. As rambling as Les Mis is in passages, yet there will never be another character such as Jean Valjean, and I think I was expecting it ~ but '93 is different, and rightly so. On first reading, certain passages (the ~ literally ~ loose can ...more
Jorge
Aug 28, 2014 Jorge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nuevamente Víctor Hugo desborda mi vena romántica con su talento inigualable. No cabe duda que este glorioso autor francés siempre estará muy cerca de mi sensibilidad. Cada vez que uno entra a sus páginas de inmediato nos conecta a su mundo poblado de personajes llenos de valores humanos como el honor, la valentía, la verdad, la justicia y la dignidad, valores que se destacan nuevamente en las páginas de este libro.

El telón de fondo de esta novela es la Revolución Francesa de 1789, aunque el re
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Sylvester
Not easy, reviewing this. Parts of this book were stunning, absolutely beautiful - and then there were the rants. A lot of rants, a lot of lists of names - Hugo does this in his other books too, but he seemed to go overboard here. And the whole bit with Robespierre/Marat/Danton, I just couldn't make myself be interested. But then, the chapter "The Massacre of Saint Bartholomew" - where Hugo describes a day with the three toddlers on which the whole story hinges. Lovely, lovely, lovely. And all w ...more
Shafaet Ashraf
সেবা পরকাশনী থেকে করা ইসমাইল আরমানের অনুবাদ পড়লাম, সেবার সোনালী দিনগুলো ফুরিয়ে গেলেও এখনো বাংলাদেশে অনুবাদের কষেতরে সেবাই সেরা। ফরাসি বিপলব নিয়ে লেখা বইটা যে কারো ভালো লাগার কথা, বিশেষ করে টেল অফ টু সিটিজ যার ভালো লেগেছে তাঁর এটাও অবশযই পড়া উচিত। ...more
Laura
Nov 08, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reign-of-terror

“Au-dessus de l'absolu révolutionnaire, il y a l'absolu humain.”
To me, this statement perfectly summarizes the theme of this book.

Victor Hugo reprises the thorny question of what one should choose when faced with a moral decision. At the climax of this story, three men encounter situations that will challenge their core beliefs. Two of them choose to uphold humanitarian principles over and above any revolutionary concerns-even at the cost of their own lives or mission. The third, however, canno
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Rick
Jan 12, 2013 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Ninety-Three was the last of Hugo’s novels, published in 1874, when the author was 72, eleven years before his death. The topic, the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, was one that Hugo was said, up to that time, to have avoided in his voluminous writings. A republican and a man of deep compassion, it is easy to guess why he might have avoided the challenge of writing a novel about the bloody birth of the French republic. How to do justice to ideas that gave rise to French democracy but also t ...more
Todd Wells
This book was a little difficult for me to get into because of my intermediate knowledge of the French Revolution. I knew Danton, Robespierre, and Marat; however, I was not aware of the more obscure characters from this time-frame. I think the plot was well constructed, and Hugo did a good job depicting the revolutionaries and the conservatives in an unbiased manner. I wish he would have spent a little more time discussing the Paris Commune and the National Convention and possibly skipped a litt ...more
Charlotte
The psychology in this book makes it worth the read. People simply don't write like this any more. Hugo takes us through the minds of the several characters with depth and a beauty of words that make classic authors so great. What keeps this from being perhaps one of his better known novels is that it is very contemporary to its time; if you are unfamiliar with the many referenced characters, you will easily become lost or bored. If you can focus on the beauty of the characters' development, and ...more
Maijabeep
Jun 21, 2013 Maijabeep marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-fiction
Although obviously not the edition with the Ayn Rand introduction because dear God why.
Eliana Rivero
Reading Challenge 2016.
8. Un libro ambientado en Europa.


O el terror será la mentira de la revolución. Libertad, igualdad y fraternidad son dogmas de paz y armonía; ¿por qué darles aspecto espantoso? ¿Qué pretendemos? ¿Conquistar la voluntd de los pueblos en pro de la república universal? Pues no debemos infundirles miedo. ¿De qué sirve la intimidación? Los pueblos, como los pájaros, huyen de los espantajos; no se debe obrar mal para hacer el bien.

3,5.

"El noventa y tres" de Victor Hugo es una n
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Pony
This is a special book.
Although the first sentence alone should have served as a warning, I continued to read in the hopes that I could use this translation for a literature in translation class. It contains one of the worst translated paragraphs I've ever read:
"But all human beings had disappeared. Where were they. Very far off, perhaps; perhaps quite near, hidden, blunderbuss in hand. The wood seemed deserted. Solitude-- hence distrust. They saw no one; so much the more reason for fearing some
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Faye
Jul 20, 2013 Faye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do you review Victor Hugo? This is something I will never figure out. The man was a master. Even though I don't like all of his works (The Hunchback of Notre Dame left me downright angry), you can't deny that he had a way with words and knew how to pull emotion out of his readers, whether they wanted to feel anything or not.

I enjoyed this book, though I don't think it was his best. There were times when the lists of names, places, and events that people at the time were probably familiar wit
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Joe Rodeck
Dec 01, 2015 Joe Rodeck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The conflagration unfurled all its splendours; the black hydra and the scarlet dragon appeared amidst the wreathing smoke in awful darkness and gorgeous vermilion. Long streaks of flame shot far out and illuminated the shadows, like opposing comets pursuing one another."

A sense of grandeur as the author works himself into a frenzy may be scorned by realists, but I love it.

"The deformity of human laws is forced to exhibit itself naked amidst the dazzling rays of eternal beauty."

High flying t
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Tanvir Ahmed
Aug 26, 2014 Tanvir Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ফরাসি বিপলব নিয়ে বই কম পড়ি নাই। Dickens এর A Tale of Two Cities থেকে শুরু করে,
The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Place of Greater Safety সহ অনেক বই পড়েছি।এই পরযনত সবচেয়ে ভাল লেগেছে এই বইটি।কারন এই বইটিতে ফরাসি বিপলব এর পরকৃত ভয়াবহতা ফুটে উঠেছে।


বইয়ের নামের সাথে মিল রেখে বইয়ের পটভূমি ১৭৯৩ সালের।ফরাসি বিপলব তখন চরম রূপ ধারন করেছে।রাজাসহ অনযানয অভিজাতগণ এর মাথা গিলোটিনে কাটা পড়েছে।দেশজুড়ে গৃহযুদধ ছড়িয়ে পরেছে।এই পরিসথিতেতে গলপের শুরু হয়।

দুরধরষ রাজতনতরী মাহখি দু লতেনাক এর গলপ এটি।তিনিই রাজতনতরীদের পরধান ভরসা।অ
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Linda
Apr 27, 2009 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best translation (according to an academic friend who has researched it) and this is an incredible book. I am only on the 4th chapter and already I have had at least 5 instances where I have been struck by how perfectly worded a sentence is, or a description is, and I have to stop and read it again. Historical fiction, French Revolution, and already I have encountered a mother's love, pirates, intrigue, deceit and trickery. I am loving it.
update: I finished it. I completely enjoyed
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Steve Gordon
Aug 10, 2011 Steve Gordon rated it it was amazing
Probably the best paced of Hugo's major novels. A work of genius really - both thematically and as historical fiction. FIVE STARS I say!
Ilyn Ross
Jul 12, 2008 Ilyn Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I wish it has a happy ending.
SergioMar
Sobre El noventa y tres (1874), última novela de Victor Hugo –aunque no su última obra, ni mucho menos- pueden escribirse muchísimas cosas, enfocadas desde muchos ángulos, como ocurre con toda la obra hugoliana. Yo no voy a detenerme en pormenorizar la novela ni en resumirla, porque para eso ya está la novela en sí misma, y muchas sinopsis aquí y allá. Sin embargo, voy a dar cuatro datos para resaltar otros cuatro aspectos que me han llamado la atención sobre esta obra.

No leas esta obra si te a
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Bruce
Aug 17, 2014 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jason Letman
Good fiction about the French revolution. Enjoyed the plot, but still struggle with Hugo's style.
Nemo
Sep 24, 2010 Nemo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminds me of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Iliad and The Last Days of Socrates. There're memorable adventures and battles at sea, a ferocious siege that leads to a battle to the death, and finally, in the face of death, a contemplation of meaning, duty, freedom and destiny. Echoes of these contemplations are found in Tolstoy's War and Peace, especially the Epilogue.

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