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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
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Jun 16, 09

bookshelves: own, classics
Read in June, 2009


This is definitely not a happy tale, but it is engaging and dramatic.

First let me get the complaints over with. The "Bird's Eye View" chapter, while giving a thorough picture of Paris, is way to long for my liking. I would have much preferred an actual picture and a briefer description. The only other gripe is with "The Retreat." This chapter was not nearly so long as the other tedious one, but I still found it dragged a bit. Now, considering this 384 page book, to have two chapters, totaling about 40 pages, be a bit dull is really not too bad.

The novel is a fabulous tale about the mysterious bell ringer (to a lesser extent) and the enchanting Esmeralda (to a greater extent).

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06/02/2009 page 132
06/09/2009 page 250
65.1% "This is nothing like the Disney movie. :-)" 2 comments
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Slayermel So I've made it to page 110, and the small bits of story that actually contain characters I'm enjoying. However the endless descriptions of Paris and the cathedrals and the sections of Paris, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla Holy Mother of God I want to gauge my eyes out to make it stop!!!!!
I'm getting through this book at a snails pace because it's killing me! ahhhhhhh
So I hope your happy, your torturing me in return for "The Historian". Now let me just ask you this....at some point the story is going to continue with actual characters right? I mean seriously I saw the movie, I get the basis of the story. So how many chapters of city description do we really need, because at this rate with the amount of story i'm getting, it could have been told in 5 chapters *sigh*.
Ahhh I feel better now that I have gotten that off my chest.
This book is making me fall seriously behind in my challenges *grrrr*

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