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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
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July 11, 2011
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September 9, 2011
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Selected to be our next group read after Jane Eyre

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Well, first and foremost, this is not a Disney movie!
The title is a misnomer. The original French title is Notre Dame de Paris and the cathedral itself is the star of this show. The unfortunate hunchback is only in maybe a third of the scenes.
I actually wept at the end of Hugo's Les Misérables ...the book not the I was expecting the same level of brilliance and connection. It didn't happen. This story was sad and violent and just so terribly unfair, but the characters did not touch
Rebecca Reid
Notre-Dame de Paris is often translated with the title The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but I don’t like that title as much as the original. Quasimodo, the hunchback of the story, is not the only focal point: the architecture of Notre Dame and the relationship between the two societal outcasts, Esmeralda and Quasimodo, is what drives the novel.

Although much in the beginning of the novel bored me, the action in the last half brought me around again. By the end, I liked it. The novel is firmly in the
Since this book is such a well-known classic, I expected it to be much more enjoyable. The first half of the novel was very slow-moving and I couldn't get interested in it. The plot and characters were too superficially developed for my taste, and the lengthy descriptions of the city bored me. In the second half of the story when the action develops there was a sense of suspense that kept me reading. I particularly enjoyed a passage in the climactic chapter about the fate of Claude Frollo where ...more
I listened to an audiobook of this; it made me realise just how hackneyed the TV representations I've seen are.
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