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Ninety-three, the last of Victor Hugo's novels, is regarded by many including such diverse critics as Robert Louis Stevenson and André Maurois as his greatest work.

1793, Year Two of the Republic, saw the establishment of the National Convention, the execution of Louis XVI, the Terror, and the monarchist revolt in the Vendée, brutally suppressed by the Republic. Hugo's epic...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 15th 2002 by Paper Tiger (NJ) (first published 1874)
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Monsieurouxx
Aug 29, 2008 Monsieurouxx rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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
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
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...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
Rick
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
Shelves: classic-fiction
Although obviously not the edition with the Ayn Rand introduction because dear God why.
Peter Namtvedt
May 24, 2010 Peter Namtvedt rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every lover of great literature
Recommended to Peter by: Ayn Rand
A new 2008 translation by James Hogarth, not listed among the 23 editions here and at Amazon.

The setting is the year ’93, the year of terror, a time of revolution and civil war. The place is France, no longer a monarchy, but with royalists struggling to reestablish the kingdom. The main characters are the Marquis de Lantenac, who is looking to get England to help, Cimourdain, a republican ex-priest and his favorite former pupil, Gauvain, who is also a republican but as an adult holds a different...more
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
Faye
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...more
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
...more
Linda
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...more
Afrah Alrmali
عام 1793 مايقرب ثلاث قرون ماضية لخص هوجو
الحرب ,الدمار, الشتات ,ابناء الارض الواحدة المتناحرين
الارواح التى تزهق بلا ذنب
الضمير ..الصراع الداخلى ..القيم ام الارض
الولاء ام العاطفة
هوجو هنا يرصد احداث الثورة الفرنسية و حرب بين المليكين (البيض) و الجمهوريين (الزرق) يقود هذه الحرب عم (ملكى نبيل )وابن اخيه(جمهورى ذو اخلاق نبيلة) تدودور بينهما بضرواة حرب او ملحمة اتقن تصويرها هوجو
يأسر فيها 3 ملائكة (اطفال لسيدة لاناقة لها و لاجمل فى هذه الحرب )كحال معظم الشعب
يضعك هوجو بين العم الشرس الذى فجاءة اصبح انس...more
Aniette
Rivoluzione. Cos’è una rivoluzione? Un lungo brivido fatto di ideale e di guerra. Un fremito che unisce, divide, sovverte, ricrea. Scomporre il vecchio, annientarlo, disintegrarlo per fare spazio a ciò che è nuovo. Un soffio che ingloba, che rende parte del tutto, che non sembra lasciare scampo a chi non ne fa parte.

“S’io fossi foco arderei il mondo, s’io fossi vento lo tempesterei, s’io fossi mare io l’annegherei, s’io fossi dio mandereil’en profondo”.

Questo urlerebbe la rivoluzione se le avess...more
Esteban Gordon
Probably the best paced of Hugo's major novels. A work of genius really - both thematically and as historical fiction. FIVE STARS I say!
No More Drama
فكتور هوجو انا مدينة لك بحياتي
Martina
Beside the powerful story, I really liked the way the book portrayed the French Revolution. I would recommend it to those who like the period (a good knowledge of the Revolution is required to understand most of the novel), and to those who appreciate a well written tragedy.
Having read it in french I don't know anything about this translation, but I advice anyone who has a decent knowledge of the language to read the original french text, I doubt any translation could do justice to Hugo's lyric...more
Johan Haneveld
Strange to think that this fantastical book by Victor Hugo is not that well known. Granted, his classic books Les Miserables and The Hunchback of the Notre-Dame are even better, but they were also riddled with longer passages of description and had less clear and involving scenes. This book is Victor Hugo at his best, having descriptions that would not be amiss in action novels, interspersed with great characters, evocative descriptions of nature, touching scenes between children, philosophical...more
Siya
First of all, Hugo's manner of writing makes the novel appealing so one wants to read more and more. The tragedy of humankind standing on the threshold between obligation and morality, between personal life and state destiny embodied in Cimourdain, Gauvain and Lantenac wounds the reader's heart as you do not know your way of behavior be you in the shoes of main characters.

The maternal instinct is also tenderly depicted as well as children's innocence. The naturalism professed by Hugo and incorp...more
Julian Meynell
An interesting work and one that is very much the work of a genius. It has Hugo's meandering style in spades and the plot almost gets lost at one point, but Hugo pulls it all together. The whole thing is very well done and sharply done.

The book is set against the background of the French Revolution, which Hugo brings beautifully alive. Hugo is very much on the side of the Revolution, but sees both the good and the bad in it as well as the good and the bad of the Royalists. It is quite subtly and...more
GaiaP
Il sistema del tam tam fra lettori è pressoché infallibile ed anche questa volta non posso che ringraziare chi mi ha suggerito questo libro. Novantatré è l’ultimo romanzo di Victor Hugo: fu composto nel 1874 (a tre anni di distanza dal bagno di sangue che mise fine alla Comune di Parigi), a coronamento di una carriera letteraria pluridecennale. Chi si sarebbe mai aspettato un capolavoro? Almeno io, davo per scontato che dopo aver partorito “I miserabili” e “Notre-Dame de Paris”, il resto della p...more
Robert Tessmer
I have been working my way through Gateway to the Great Books, Volume 2: Imaginative Literature I and the third selection was Victor Hugo, "The Battle with the Cannon" from Ninety-Three.

The Battle with the Cannon was so good, I decided to read the entire book.

Much of it was very good, but having read Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame previously, I was left with the same impression from this book. The best parts are wonderful, but Hugo begins to bore me when he starts with his very l...more
William Dearth
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...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 14, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Teresa
4,5
This book is just amazing, especially for me as I love everything concerning the French Revolution.
This book is set in the year 1793, a very special one for the revolution, as it is the end of the period called the Terror. Actually, Hugo planned to write a trilogy and do two more "years" but unfortunately he wasn't able to.
Anyway, the book follows many characters: Lantenac, a marquis that leads the revolt against the revolution (the Vendée), Gauvain, a young captain who leads the army agains...more
Stuart
One of Victor Hugo's lesser known works, Ninety-Three has all of the poetry and power a Hugo fan expects but in a more intimate story and setting- over one third of the book (the final and best third) takes place in and around a small country estate and focuses on a handful of characters representing the different political factions at war with one another during the French Revolution- and the innocent bystanders often caught up in the conflict. The opening third of the book takes place on the E...more
Nemo
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.

Introduction

If you've read Les Miserables, you would notice a year mentioned throughout the book (although i...more
Ubiquitousbastard
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
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