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The Man Who Laughs

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Victor Hugo's The Man Who Laughs (first published under the French title L'Homme qui Rit in April 1869) is a sad and sordid tale -- not the sort of tale of the moment Hugo was known for. It starts on the night of January 29, 1690, a ten-year-old boy abandoned -- the stern men who've kept him since infancy have wearied of him. The boy wanders, barefoot and starving, through ...more
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Published August 19th 2006 by Norilana Books (first published April 1869)
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Fatima kiyan
May 21, 2016 Fatima kiyan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


با خواندن این کتاب میتونم عادت به پایان شیرین را از سرم برای همیشه بیرون کنم اما فقط با این شرط که روند داستان اینقدر قوی و گیرا و جذاب باشد , جوئین پلین همان مردی که میخندد , زندگیش اش بر پایه ی اوج و فرودها و بازی سرنوشت بنا شده , او پسر بچه ای از طبقه اشراف بوده که با دستور شاه قبلی انگلستان بعد از تبعید پدر اشراف زاده اش مُثله شده و صورتش را جوری جراحی کرده بودند که انگار تا ابد لبخند به لب دارد و برعکس غم درونی اش میخندد و مردمان را به خنده ای حاصل از انتقال مسخرگی لبخند روی صورتش وا میداشت
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Mahdi
شخصیت "زن" در آثار ویکتور هوگو قابل توجه است. زن ها همیشه شخصیت هایی منفعل دارند، همیشه مورد ظلم واقع می شوند، مورد عشق واقع می شوند، مورد کمک واقع می شوند، همیشه منتظرند که دیگران کاری در حقشان بکنند، چه به ستم، چه به یاری. گاه حتی حس می شود چیزی بیش از یک عروسک بی جان نیستند و فقط برای این حضور دارند که نشان دهند در دنیای داستان، موجود مؤنثی هم هست. این ضعف عجیب هوگو در شخصیت پردازی زنان را مقایسه کنید با زنان داستایوسکی، که به قدری زنده اند که حتی وقتی کتاب را می بندی، حضورشان را در جهان واقع ...more
Carla Bull
Jul 08, 2013 Carla Bull rated it it was amazing
I write this having just finished the last page, closed, completed, and I am breathless. Victor Hugo is not an easy read, there are moments in which he loses himself to very specific detail and matter-of-fact descriptions. But what you find interwoven through the dry passages is of such exquisite beauty, that it is often worth pressing onward. I do not currently make that exception for any other author but Hugo, because the good is just so good.
As it is here, with L'homme qui rit. Gorgeous, gor
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Shahr Baran
Sep 16, 2015 Shahr Baran rated it it was amazing
داستانهاي اين رمان ويكتور هوگو در انگستان روي مي دهد ..رمان يك تراژدي غم انگيز است ..به شدت متاثر كننده وتاثير گذاراست ..حتي بهتر از بينوايان مشهور است ..مردي كه ميخندد در عين خشونت بسيار لطيف است ..اين تضاد حتي در شخصيت هاي داستان هم متجلي است ..پسرك زشت قصه ما كه درحقيقت يك اشراف زاده دزديده شده است ويا دختر كور قصه كه عاشق پسرك است واورسوس ان فيلسوف دوره گرد ..من با خواندن كتاب شگفت زده شدم جمع اضدادي كه به با بهترين شيوه مخاطب را تا اخر همراه رمان نگه ميداشت ..داستان بسيار غم انگيز ويكتور هو ...more
بسام عبد العزيز
هذا هو ما أطلق عليه كلمة "أدب"!

نموذج كامل للرواية المثالية... لغة بسيطة.. سرد سريع و أحداث متلاحقة.. تطور نفسي للشخصيات... صراعات داخلية في كل شخص بين السقوط للغواية و بين الصعود للكمال.. بين الاستسلام لليأس و بين الإيمان بالمستقبل..
بإختصار واحدة من أفضل ما قرأت بالفعل!

الرجل الضاحك هو ابن لأحد النبلاء تم اختطافه في صغره و تشويه وجهه ليعمل بعد ذلك كمهرج بسبب وجهه المشوه الذي يجعل وجهه مثيرا للضحك دائما.. حتى لو كان هو نفسه يبكي!
الرجل الضاحك يعيش مع فتاة عمياء و رجل مسن داخل عربة متنقلة يستخدمون
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Jim Dooley
Sep 02, 2014 Jim Dooley rated it it was amazing
This is an astonishing book, and quite emotionally draining. I doubt if there is another writer who creates such an understanding of the human condition as does Victor Hugo...and, yes, that includes Charles Dickens who is one of my favorite authors.

Seldom have I read a story that was so entirely immersive. The writer took me deeply into the culture of the time, the settings, the politics, and gave me a sense of the day-to-day life. Consequently, I KNEW these characters to the point that I could
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Lemony
May 28, 2016 Lemony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ne fais pas ta tête de cochon !
Tu sais, j'aimais pas trop Victor Hugo plus jeune ...
1- Parce qu il fallait absolument le lire
2- c'est lourd : je veux dire, toi et moi on sait bien qu'il était engagé politiquement parlant.
3- Les Misérables. Les Misérables. Les Misérables.
4- Non je le lirai pas. C'tout.
Il faut que tu sois prêt(e). Il faut que aies du temps. Il faut que aies confiance: en toi et en Victor.
Ne te lance pas dans cette aventure si ta tête n'est pas dispose. ( Oh lala je suis mi-ex
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Sylvester
May 08, 2011 Sylvester rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic, favorites
Superb. I took my time with this one, it's so chock-full of stunning scenes (Book Second, chapter 17 - exquisite), symbols, and absolute jewels for sentences - I really cannot say enough about how beautiful the writing is. Hugo has the tendency to rant - he goes on and on about things that seem peripheral - listing the pedigrees and holdings of lords, for one, or including Usus' speeches (which are rambling and at times incomprehensible - at least to less than brilliant me) - but. I. liked. this ...more
Eleanor Mary
Jan 15, 2010 Eleanor Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, classics
As is often the case with Victor Hugo's works, he often tends to discourage the reader towards the beginning of the novel with a long, drawn out description of seemingly mundane details, people, or circumstances. Then, just as one begins to yawn...there emerges a plot line that joins all these details into one and set the story in motion, captivating the reader infinitely. This is one of the few books I've read where this urge to throw oneself into the story stays throughout the whole novel.


The
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juan carlos
Dec 12, 2015 juan carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deberíamos tomar siempre una mascara de humor al criticar o al hablar de algo que no nos parece.

Una gran historia de amor y deseos. Donde la critica a la sociedad y a la maldad de la humanidad se representa con una máscara de humor que todos deberíamos tener.

De nuevo esta maravilloso escritor clásico nos trae personajes tan humanas y entrañables, que lo único que vas a hacer al leerlos y conocerlos es suspirar y asombrarte de sus decisiones.

El final y el desarrollo de la historia marcan el ver
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Katya
Feb 25, 2011 Katya rated it it was amazing
Книга, дающая бурю эмоций, при том самых разноплановых. Невероятная книга, благодаря ей задумываешься о многом, о самых главных человеческих ценностях... История любви незабываемая... Трагично, печально, но всё равно остается что-то светлое в душе после прочтения! Яркая иллюстрация красоты человеческого сердца, а отнюдь не внешности. Уродство и благородство в одном лице. Слепой это чувствует, а зрячий не замечает. Таковы люди! Финал не забываем...
Zahra Dashti
یادمه ترجمه ای که ازش خوندم بی نهایت مزخرف بود. البته خوب چاپ کتاب هم خیلی قدیمی بود. به هر حال شاید روزی فرصت بشه باز بخونمش.
داستان جالب بود ولی خوب جوری هم نبود که بگم خیلی جذبم کرد.
Amir Lewiz
Mar 19, 2015 Amir Lewiz marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

للتحميل من موقع الهيئة العامة السورية للكتاب

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Camilla P.
May 06, 2013 Camilla P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prima di cominciare a scrivere questo commento, devo farvi una premessa. Victor Hugo è il mio scrittore preferito: provo nei suoi confronti una sorta di adorazione che, almeno secondo chi mi ha sentito parlare di lui, mi fa venire gli occhi luccicanti e il tono di voce adorante. Quindi cercherò di essere il più obbiettiva possibile, ma non prometto nulla.

Mi preme partire mettendo subito in chiaro che non è un libro “facile”. Hugo è figlio del suo tempo e questo si mostra anche nei soliloqui , n
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Selvana Jehad
May 06, 2016 Selvana Jehad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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رغم درجة البؤس العالية في كتابات فيكتور هوجو إلا إنني دائما معجبة فيها ... الأبطال دائما من الطبقات المسحوقة في المجتمع ... سيطرة البرجوازية ... التفاوت الطبقي بين البشر الذي يجعل بعض الفئات تظن أنها تملك الحق في أذية الآخرين ... الحبكة وقصة الحب البسيطة البريئة ... خيوط القدر كانت جميلة أيضا لانها جمعت جونبلان ونور. وارسوس وهومو... جونبلان ذكرني بشخصية أحدب نوتردام بطريقة ما.... أرسوس ذكرني بجان فالجان في رواية البؤساء ... شخصيات فيكتور هوجو دائماً تمتلك الصراع بين الخير والشر والقلب الطيب الإن ...more
Wided Nems
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إن المشاعر العميقة كالأعمال العظيمة , تعني دائما أكثر مما تدرك قوله
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Ilenia Zodiaco
Nella postfazione al romanzo, Stevenson, da lucido narratore qual era, assume la parte del professore e bacchetta il caro Hugo, accusandolo di verbosità e scarsa verosomiglianza. Ha ragione. Hugo si dilunga, si infiamma su dialoghi impossibili, scene da visionario che farebbero mettere le mani nei capelli a qualsiasi amante del realismo a tutti i costi. Ma il severo maestro deve ammettere che Hugo, tra i grandi forse quello che ha sbagliato di più, è un genio. Un genio la cui colpa è forse l'ecc ...more
Atticus06
Jun 23, 2012 Atticus06 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un bambino viene abbandonato su un molo da alcuni "Comprachicos".
Loro salpano verso la tempesta, custodi di un terribile segreto, lui verso la sua nuova vita.

Non è certo un libro che si legge facilmente, almeno nella prima parte.
Hugo lo riempie di nozioni storiche e scientifiche utili a contestualizzare i modi di vivere, il periodo storico, i personaggi e le differenze tra i ceti sociali, riferimenti a miti greci, filosofi e frasi in latino. Molte di queste nozioni richiedono una cultura che io
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Ahmad Sharabiani
L'Homme qui Rit, Victor Hugo
عنوان: مردی که میخندد؛ نویسنده: ویکتور هوگو؛ مترجم: جواد محیی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، کتابهای جیبی آسیا، 1346، در 2 جلد
عنوان: مردی که میخندد؛ نویسنده: ویکتور هوگو؛ مترجم: جواد محیی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، گوتنبرگ، چاپ دوم ؟؟؟؟، در 487 ص

عنوان: مردی که میخندد؛ نویسنده: ویکتور هوگو؛ مترجم: رضا فکور؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، سعیدی، 1349، در 280 ص

عنوان: مردی که میخندد؛ نویسنده: ویکتور هوگو؛ مترجم: داود وقار؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، ارغوان، 1362، در 480 ص

عنوان: مردی که میخندد؛ نویسنده: ویکتور
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♥ Eliza
Mar 15, 2016 ♥ Eliza rated it did not like it
Alright guys, I have to be very fair here. I have LOVED the main idea of the book, but as I got into it, I was quickly disappointed. This is written in a way that seems way too tedious to me, so at this time, I don't think I can really commit to finishing it. Have to rate it a 1 (meaning I couldn't finish it). Maybe I'll get back into it in the future.


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“The paradise of the rich is made out of the hell of the poor.”

I can't hide it anymore (I think I actually never hide it), but I'm madly in love with Victor Hugo's writing.
I have to admit that I've started this book because the movie was released in France, and I wanted to read it before watching it. I know, I know I should have read it before and not to wait that long especially after knowing how much I loved each Hugo's book I've read. I made the mistake to buy the l
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Corley
Oct 12, 2011 Corley rated it really liked it
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Lenny
Aug 18, 2012 Lenny rated it really liked it
Not an easy read, but very rewarding...especially in politically charged times. I have no doubt Hugo would be accused of socialism if he spoke up in modern times. But really he is anti-nobility and royalty, and uses his characters to speak up for the common man, as well as subtle digs at the rich and sheltered lords of 18th century England.

It's the story of man who goes from one extreme to the other, and not by his choosing. He's an amazingly complex character, as are many of the supporting char
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Catherine Rose
Jan 20, 2013 Catherine Rose rated it it was amazing
Victor Hugo is one of my favorite authors, and I was not disappointed with this book. He manages to produce a plot so deftly woven that we are carried away with its current, and never fail to be abrupted when we land on the shore whose course was laid for us all through the story.

Somehow Hugo also manages to show us humans as the multi-dimensional things we are, responding banally to the storms and respits our souls encounter. We cannot help but despair when in trials, and think ourselves in hea
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Gláucia Renata
Apr 29, 2015 Gláucia Renata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Penúltimo romance do autor, publicado em 1869. VH tinha a intenção de escrever uma série de 3 livros que formariam uma espécie de trilogia chamada A Aristocracia onde pretendia defender os ideias da Revolução contra o regime monárquico. A série acabou sendo formada por esse e por seu último romance: O Noventa Três que terei o prazer de ler em breve.
A história se passa na Inglaterra no entre o final do século 16 e início do 17 tendo como protagonista Gwinplayne que teve na infância o rosto deform
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Laura
Aug 16, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
From IMDb:
When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured.


Another matinée with dear Bettie watching a masterpiece by Victor Hugo.
Ahmed Meslam
Nov 05, 2015 Ahmed Meslam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ضحك حتى عافه الضحك
ضحك فأضحك ولكنه بكى
وكان بكاؤه ضحكا مدملا
صبي شوهوه ومزقوا فاه
شوهوه حتى أضحكوه
ولم يبتئس لبؤسه سوى ثلاثة
شيخ .. وعمياء .. وذئب

:) الضاحك الباكي :(
Anastasia Alén
Sep 02, 2016 Anastasia Alén rated it it was amazing
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molosovsky
Band 2 setzt ca. 16 Jahre nach Band 1 ein. Eine Handlung im heute gebräuchichem Sinne bietet Victor Hugo weiterhin nicht (auch wenn sich eine erahnen lässt, und die wird wohl alles andere als heiter, sondern hochtragisch, in enger Verwandtschaft mit dem Ende von Hugos Meisterwerk »Der Glöckner von Notre-Dame).

Stattdessen bietet der erste große Abschnitt einige neue Figuren und führt uns in die englische Adels-Welt des frühen 18. Jhds. ein, mit all ihrer Dekadenz, ihren Intrigen, mit ihrer Beengu
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Guido
Aug 11, 2014 Guido rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ho l'impressione che l'esilio di Victor Hugo, tanto sofferto, lo aiutò molto dal punto di vista artistico, dando una forma e una direzione al suo temperamento romantico. Senza dubbio scriveva per denunciare le sue disavventure e quelle del suo paese, ma riuscì a farlo nell'ambito del suo talento: l'effetto del suo impegno politico sembra ancora sufficientemente moderno, e non del tutto estraneo alla sensibilità dei moderni cittadini europei. È facile e piacevole seguire le sue digressioni storic ...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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