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Ninety-Three by Victor Hugo
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Aug 29, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: all non-French people
Read in July, 2008

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 amazing race between opponents, between "men from the old world" (the nobles) and "men from the new world" (revolutionaries: intellectuals and armymen), this race where you'll lose your head at any mistake, because you don't have the right to fail, because if you're weak the King (i.e. injustice, torture, fanatism) will be back soon!

If you're not French and believe that the Revolution was all about Robespierre's "terror"; if you believe that it was only a bunch of farmers blindly cutting heads, then read this book, you'll understand how wrong you are. You'll get the soul of this Revolution.

Last but not least, this novel is written in a very epic manner, so it's very pleasant to read.

PS : I don't know if an English translation of the book would be very good, because Victor Hugo is "the" French writer.
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Nina I completely agree with your review. the epic stile was necessary an really completes the story. The dialog was the thing I like the most in this book, and every character was epic and inspirational!

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