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In the dark world of medieval Paris, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral heroically fights to save the life of a beautiful Gypsy girl about to be unjustly executed. Told with simple vocabulary and set in large type, this adaptation of the classic tale is perfectly suited for young readers.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published June 1st 1965 by Signet Classics (first published 1831)
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Melissa Rudder
Sep 13, 2008 Melissa Rudder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have officially been wooed by nineteenth century French literature. First Dumas and now this. I just finished reading Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, and it was fantastic. The characters, the themes, the literary structures… Ahhh… *swoons*

Before I proclaim my love affair with Victor Hugo, I have to mention some negatives. First off: very, very difficult book to get into. I struggled through at least the first hundred pages, and I’m not that hard to please. Secondly, up until this po
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Bill  Kerwin
Apr 05, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I recently read Victor Hugo's Notre Dame de Paris for the first time, and was delighted and moved by the experience. Although it lacks the depth and humanity of Les Miserables, it possesses a grandeur of architectonic structure and an Olympian compassion all its own. Best of all, it gives us one of literature's most loving and detailed depictions of a city, rivalled only by Joyce's Dublin in Ulysses.

It is a shame that this book is so seldom referred to in English by its given name, for it is abo
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Huda Yahya
Nov 18, 2015 Huda Yahya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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وكأن هذه الأنشودة الخالدة يتردد صداها في كل روايات هوجو
أنشودة المظلومين والثائرين في كل مكان
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpDbv...

"إن هذا الألم لا يهرم أبدا.."
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واحد من المساكين
البؤساء
التعساء
والمحرومين
والمنعزلين عن العالم

واحد اسمه كوازيمودو
كل ذنبه في الحياة أنه قبيح
قبيح وفقير وبائس
وله قلب من ذهب


كتلة من القبح
عزلها لمجتمع وأخفاها حتى لا يؤرق راحته أو يؤذي عينيه
العينان الأقبح والأكثر مدعاة للسخرية
بل والشفقة
جعلوه منبوذا دائما
وأضحوكة أحيانا
عشق الأحدب نموذج الجمال الكامل المتمثل في إزمير
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Madeline
Okay, I'm glad I read this book, if only to find out just how badly Disney ruined the story for the sake of their embarassing excuse for a film. (the horrendous straight-to-video sequel, which I fortunately only saw previews for, will not be spoken of at all.) Victor Hugo has a gift for the most ungodly depressing stories, but he writes very well when he's not rambling pointlessly to stretch out his page count. But I can't bring myself to give this four stars, and for one simple reason: with the ...more
Ahmed
Apr 09, 2016 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ببساطة إحنا كبشر بنحتاج نمتلك الشفقه تجاه الغير
الشفقه اللى ترضى غرورنا البشرى وترجع لنا جزء من انسانيتنا المفقودة
وبراعة المبدع انه يكون من عالم مختلف وثقافة مختلفةوزمن مغاير لزمنك ويقدر يأثر عليك بالقدر الكافى.
فيكتور هوجو مش محتاج ان حد يمدح فيه فهو من القامات الثابته فى مجال الادب ومن البشر اللى يسجلوا ف قائمة الارقى على الاطلاق
واحدب نوتردامهى احب اعماله الى قلبى واكثرها تأثيرا
عمل لا تستطيع ان تنسى اول مره قرأته فيه لانك ببساطه أكيد بكيت فيه بدموع
تسلسل الاحداث عبقرى ونهايته المأساويه اعطت للع
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Chelsea
Apr 07, 2009 Chelsea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: mary howe
ok... i'll be honest. i hated the first 150 pages and had i not been reading it for book club i would have abandoned it. about 300 pages in i started to think it was okay. around 400... i really liked it. at page 450 i couldn't put it down. i stayed up till 2am last night finishing it.

so... is it worth the painful first half to get to the second half? now that i've done it... i would say so.

victor hugo could have used a good editor. pages and pages of diatribes and descriptions that made me fe
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Heba Nouraldeen
Jan 30, 2016 Heba Nouraldeen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...تُرى من هو الوحش القبيح ؟؟
الأحدب ذو العين الواحدة الأصم والانسان قبل كل شيء ...
أم هؤلاء الذين يتهافتون على مشاهدة مُعذباً مُقيداً أو انسياق أحدهم للمشنقة ..!! فتتعالى ضحكاتهم ..ويسخرون ويزدرون..!!
تساءلت ما الذي يحمل هؤلاء على ذلك ؟؟...
ما الذي يجعلهم يستمتعون بتناثر الدماء على وجوههم إثر جلد أحدهم أمام أعينهم...!!!
..من الوحش القبيح ..من يكون ؟؟؟
كم امقت تعبير " الشفقة" وكأنه يلقي بظلال من الازدراء على نقيصة الآخر..ولطالما آثرت التعاطف وهو ان اجعل نفسي مكان من يتألم واحاول ان اشعر بما يشعر به و
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Denisse
Sep 09, 2015 Denisse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Long descriptions lovers <3
Recommended to Denisse by: Disney movie. I know, so cliché
Buddy Read at: Emma's Tea Party

Oh my God! My brain is exhausted. I used too many neurons for this. I want to take a nap. I really wanted to love the book. In my defense I did like Frollo’s character. He has a very interesting and intense problem to read going on in his head. Sadly everyone else did not set up a thing on me. Alongside those endless descriptions, I found this story way too long and tedious. The writing is excellent, the passion behind it really inspiring but I’m just not interest
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Huda Aweys
اتعرض عليه النص دا معد كمسرحية ودي كانت اول مرة اقراه بصراحه .. ولاني موش قريت الرواية نفسها كنص ادبي فكل اللي اقدر اقوله .. او جايه اقوله هنا .. اني حبيت ازميرالدا اوي :) و شفتها ايقونه للحريه و القوة على أي حال
Maha Maged
Sep 23, 2014 Maha Maged rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أو تدرين يا فتاة ما الشقاء ؟!! أن تكون إنساناً ولا إنسان، رجلا و لكنك مكفوف عن مصائر الرجال، أن تحب ولا تنال، لدرجة أن تخسر دينك في سبيل لذة الوصال، فلا تلقى بعد خسرانه منها إلا الصدود و النكال، أن تجد من حولك مجرد أكلون للحوم البشر ، أن تُنفي من قلوب البشر لذنب لا يد لك فيه
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كمية البؤس و الشقاء اللي في العالم كتيــرة جدا و عقب انتهاء الرواية هينتابك يقين أن وجود شخص واحد يحبك نعمة تستوجب الشكر و الحمد طول العمر ..
أول معرفة بفيكتور هوجو و أكيد مش الأخيرة
Andrei Tamaş
Jan 19, 2016 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Nôtre-Dame de Paris" este un roman estetic care are să fie înțeles numai de către spiritele clasice. în el este descris cu minuțiozitate Parisul secolului al XV-lea, din timpul domniei lui Ludovic al XI-lea. 100 de pagini sunt strict dedicate arhitecturii clasice, iar autorul vede în Renaștere un fel de decădere a artei. El compară Parisul cu "o uriașă tablă de șah făcută din piatră".
De asemenea, titlul romanului nu este "Cocoșatul de la Nôtre-Dame" (deși e drept că Quasimodo, cocasatul, e unu
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Corinne
Victor Hugo’s first real novel, written under duress from his publisher!! Nevertheless, he manages to render a dark environment joyous, almost funny at times.

For me, the protagonist is not Quasimodo but Esmeralda. It’s her inner and outer struggles we have access to the most. As usual, Victor Hugo portrayed them realistically, neither all good nor all bad, thus humane and credible. Even Gringoire and Claude are portrayed that way, as human beings subjected to primal instincts and humane spiritu
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Martitara
Sep 23, 2015 Martitara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No voy a negar que hay partes de insufribles (y laaaaaargas) descripciones de cosas que no tenían que ver con la historia y que me han puesto un poco de los nervios. Pero en fin... Victor Hugo, lo has vuelto a hacer. Me han vuelto a atrapar tus personajes miserables y la forma que tienes que entrelazar sus desgracias y decir cada cosa en momento preciso para crear un conjunto tres veces más trágico. Maldito seas. Hashtag DRAMA.
♔ Leah.
This is definitely my favourite classic, I loved the dark atmosphere of the book, and the setting being Notre-Dame, which is one of my favourite places in Paris. It's not entirely dark and horrible, there are times when it can be humorous, but it's brutal in terms of showing what obsession can become when it's misunderstood as love and the true form of love shown by other characters.

When starting this book, it was really difficult to get into which is why I had to force myself to keep reading u
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Ahmad Sharabiani
922. Notre-Dame de Paris=The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
گوژپشت نوتردام - ویکتور هوگو (جاودان خرد) ادبیات فرانسه
Tatiana Arutyunova
Mar 31, 2016 Tatiana Arutyunova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jason
Nov 20, 2009 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happened to the beginning of this unabridged story!? For 300 pages, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame was scribed like a meandering storyline over a checkerboard, each square representing a chapter of the book. The few squares scribed directly by the line told fleeting, but essential parts of the story (about Quasimodo, Esmeralda, and Frollo). The more numerous squares adjacent to the scribed storyline told even less essential bits of the story. And, the majority of squares, several dozen chapter ...more
Yara
Sep 13, 2015 Yara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Disney lied to us.



Let me specify.

You probably guessed that Victor Hugo’s novel does not have dancing gargoyles or Wizard of Oz references, but it goes much deeper than that. In fact, we can trace its primary misdirection back to whoever first decided on the English translation of the title of the book: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. This implies that the main character of the story is Quasimodo, the misformed outcast with a heart of gold who longs to spend oooone daaay ooouuut theeeeere. Howeve
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Bruce
Aug 19, 2013 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When approaching and reading this fascinating narrative, the reader is well advised to try and forget the silly Walt Disney film based on the story. This work is far more finely wrought, more complex and subtle, more emotionally wrenching and profound than that ridiculous movie suggests. As with Les Miserables, attempts to dramatize such a long and multi-plotted work inevitably fall short and are best forgotten when one turns to the books themselves.

Many historical personages are mentioned in th
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Caroline Gurgel
Antes mesmo de terminar a leitura de Os Miseráveis, eu já sabia que ia querer ler tudo que Victor Hugo escrevera. Então, assim que concluí o que se tornou o melhor livro da minha vida, engatei em O Corcunda de Notre Dame com altas expectativas.

A história se passa na Paris de 1482 e não tem um personagem principal, como pode sugerir o título, mas vários. O Corcunda de Notre Dame nos fala não só do corcunda Quasímodo, mas também da cigana Esmeralda, do poeta pobretão Gringoire, do capitão mau cará
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Sanja
Dec 02, 2015 Sanja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Petica, iako mi je lik Esmeralde bio toliko iritantan da sam ja htela da se obesim. Ipak, veličanstveno delo, zaista.
Wanda
I don’t know about you, but I think about obsessional crimes and stalking as modern phenomena, exacerbated by life in huge cities. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame demonstrates that there is truly nothing new under the sun. Victor Hugo wrote this tale of obsession in the 1800s. The gypsy girl, La Esmeralda, has the misfortune of attracting the obsessional gaze of two men, the archdeacon Claude Frollo and his protégé, the deformed bell-ringer of the cathedral, Quasimodo. She, in her turn, is fixated o ...more
Bushra
من الروايات التي سأشتاق لها بعد أن أنهيتها -رغم الكثير من المبالغات وعدم الاقناع المعتاد في الروايات الكلاسيكية-..
أربعمائة صفحة غنية بالأحداث والدلالات من وكر اللصوص.. إلى جمهور المسرحية.. إلى الأم الثكلى.. إلى استغلال الدين لأهداف شخصية.. إلى الخمسة شخصيات الذين تتناولت الرواية خيبات وتناقضات حبهم ونفسياتهم.. إلى ما هو أهم من كل ذلك وهو عقلية الشعب الذي يتعامل مع ما يحصل لأفراده كما يتعامل مع مسرحية مسلية!! لا فرق أن يحدث شيء جيد أو سيء لأي فرد المهم أن يحدث شيء ما وأياً ما يحدث سيمتعهم ويسليه
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Rebecca
Sep 22, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is brilliant, the plot is unusual. But-- perhaps like in life-- where are the good guys? Esmerelda doesn't say much other than "Oh Pheobus!" She's a very flat character, imho. The book seems to be a study in love gone wrong-- romantic love, parental love, all gone wrong. There are examples of charitable love toward Quasimoto, and in the end he performs a selfless act for Esmerelda, but overall it was a very depressing look at love vs lust, and a study in what not to do. five stars fo ...more
Walaa
Dec 22, 2015 Walaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
في هذه الرواية أحسست وكأن طيف البؤساء كان هنا
البؤس نفسه
أحدب نوتردام كم أنت مسكين
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مما أعجبني بالرواية:
الوصف مذهل للشخصيات والمباني ، ووجود شخص يتحدث الى القارئ فكرة رائعة بين كل فترة وفترة
في كل كتاب او فصل ذكر معلومات وتفصيلات للأبنية او معالم معينة شيء جميل
مثل وصف والحديث عن كاتدرائية نوتردام دي بري
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الحكاية:
هي قصة شخص ولد بشعا لديه حدبة، له عينان، واحدة سليمة ، تبناه كاهن ، واصبح الأحدب قارع أجراس كنيسة نوتردام ، ولكنه اصيب بالصمم من وراء قرع الأجراس
تمر أحداث كثيرة ، حتى يلتقي بالأسميرا
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Majo
Siempre me cuesta puntuar un clásico y este se me hace más difícil todavía...

Para escribir esta obra, Victor Hugo se inspiró en un grabado que encontró en la Catedral de Notre Dame. En torno a esa simple palabra, creó este libro, imaginándose quién la había escrito y bajo qué circunstancias. Además, utilizó el libro como excusa para plantear la conservación arquitectónica de la ciudad de París.

Eso fue, sin duda, lo más pesado del libro. Hay capítulos enteros describiéndonos la catedral, el Parí
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Sarah Anne
This may be the oldest soap opera in existence. I enjoyed much of the story but Hugo had this way of taking one scene or description and turning into this extraordinarily long-winded multi-page scene or description that was exhausting. I tuned the cathedral architecture out so completely that I was suddenly like "Oh! People are talking! How long has that been happening?" Those parts kind of drove me crazy. And the "I love you" confession of Esmeralda's enemy felt like it took five pages. The fir ...more
Tyler
Mar 23, 2009 Tyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book! Loved the author's view on things. I really felt like I was getting glimpses of a great mind by reading this book. You might want to read it with a highlighter for good quotes. I'm reading Les Miserable right now and again I really like Victor Hugo's writing. There are times where he really goes into depth about history, or something and it is hard to read but if you can get past those parts you will thank yourself because he has some great writing.
Carol
Mar 29, 2015 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Although I enjoyed the story as a whole, I was a bit bored by some of it. I guess the edition I read may have had additional chapters in it.
Joe
Jul 17, 2008 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." This has created a theme that stories have focussed on for centuries. It is one that we try to teach different ways with more unique characters.

When one first reads a synopsis of "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame", they would easily assume they will be reading another author's method of bringing this theme into their story. However, very shortly into the novel one finds that Quasimodo is not orginally this fully rejected outcast
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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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