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Ninety-Three is a historical novel built upon "a sort of enigma," which was at that date (1793) laid before revolutionary France: "Can a good action be a bad action? Does not he who spares the wolf kill the sheep?" This question meets with one answer after another during the course of the book. --- The interest of the novel centres about revolutionary France; just as the p ...more
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Published June 1st 2008 by MONDIAL (first published February 19th 1874)
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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
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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Translator: Aline Delano

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

Language: English

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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
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
Nov 23, 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
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
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
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
Aug 06, 2015 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
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
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.
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
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
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.


"El noventa y tres" de Victor Hugo es una n
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
Jul 22, 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
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
Tanvir Ahmed
Aug 28, 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 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।অনযদি
May 19, 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
Aug 17, 2014 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Steve Gordon
Aug 16, 2011 Steve Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
بسام عبد العزيز
"ذهب الخوف عن الطفلين و جعلا ينظران إلى الجنود بفضول... فقالت الأم:
-هما جائعان ... لم يعد لدي لبن..
هتف الجاويش:
ما رأيك السياسي؟
-لا أفهم كلامك!
-ما هو الحزب الذي تنتمين إليه؟
-لا أعرف!
-كيف ذلك؟! ألا تعرفين وطنك؟!
-نعم .. اعرفه.. مزرعة سيسوانيار في مدينة بازي!
-هل انت مع الزرق (الجمهوريين) أم مع البيض (الملكيين)؟
-أنا مع أطفالي!
-زوجك ماذا يعمل؟
-في الغابة.. منذ ثلاثة أيام..
-من قتله؟ أحد الزرق؟ أحد البيض؟
-قتلته رصاصة!

هكذا لخص هوجو ما أراد قوله في الرواية كلها في هذا الحوار البسيط العميق في آ
Hebah Moanis
Aug 13, 2014 Hebah Moanis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أول رواية انهيها منذ عام كامل ... وقعت في غرام فيكتور هوجو عند قراءةأخر رواياته قبل وفاته - رواية 93 او ملائكة بين اللهب كما تم تسميتها في النسخة المترجمه-

رواية رائعة تجوب في العمق الانساني وحيرة الابطال بين الواجب والرحمة, بين الانسجام مع المجموع وبين راحة الضمير. طاف في ارجاء الرواية خيال الكاتب الانجليزي الاشهر تشارلز ديكينز وروايتة الخالدة قصة مدينتينوالتي سبقتها في النشر بحوالي عشرون عام, الحديث عن الثورة الفرنسية والمأزق الانساني بين المفروض والواجب, بين الحب والتضحية هما محور القصتان.
William Dearth
Feb 26, 2014 William Dearth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
This is a borderline 5 star effort. There is a lot of people detail that is not necessary to tell this story in my opinion. Most of the book is excellent and quite exciting.

The edition that I had to read was the “high-quality paperback edition”. The type was poor, ink was splattered on pages and page numbers were out of order. At times it was a mess and you had to guess at some of the text. This edition was from Filiquarian Publishing, and I would avoid it if possible. Having said that, I still
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 14, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Ayn Rand
I got about half-way through this book set during the Reign of Terror before giving up and admitting this is not a book that in any way clicks with me. Indeed, reading this book made me decide I won't read Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I did get through his Les Miserables, with mixed feelings. I feel that Ninety-Three has some of its worst qualities, without its virtues.

I remember Jean Valjean as the best of Les Miserables--the reason to read it. He's a character with a fascinating redempt
Aaron Arnold
I've never read Les Miserables or The Hunchback of Notre Dame (all I've seen are the movies), so I have no idea how this one compares to the others in literary terms. However, this book was fantastic so I might seek out the others soon enough. It's set in the year 1793 (hence the title) during a counter-revolutionary revolt against the new French government, and it focuses on a British attempt to aid the supporters of the monarchy in a remote area of country against the revolutionary government' ...more
Nov 18, 2014 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.


If you've read Les Miserables, you would notice a year mentioned throughout the book (although i
My star rating might be a slight bit misleading, since for the first third of this book I was less than interested. Victor Hugo didn't ramble about random topics as much as he did in Les Miserables, but he did ramble sometimes about things that I really didn't need to know. Then there was the whole mother and children subplot that was less than moving for me (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 16, 2009 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ninety-Three by Victor Hugo is a glorious romantic imagining of an episode from the year 1793, during the French Revolution and the year of the Great Terror. The setting is Brittany where counter-revolutionary forces have risen up to oppose the Revolutionary leaders. The leader of this group, the aged Marquise de Lantenac, is a romantic hero in the grandest sense. His fate is seems to be determined, however the Revolutionary forces are led by his grand-nephew, Gauvain, who at the last provides t ...more
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