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This extraordinary historical novel, set in Medieval Paris under the twin towers of its greatest structure and supreme symbol, the cathedral of Notre-Dame, is the haunting drama of Quasimodo, the hunchback; Esmeralda, the gypsy dancer; and Claude Frollo, the priest tortured by the specter of his own damnation. Shaped by a profound sense of tragic irony, it is a work that g ...more
Paperback, 510 pages
Published April 10th 2001 by Signet Classics (first published January 14th 1831)
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Bill  Kerwin
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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, rivaled 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 abou
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Melissa Rudder
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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Madeline
Jul 23, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Huda Yahya
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels_novellas
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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İntellecta
Victor Hugo ties in the destinies of a handful people in Paris in the late fifteenth century so cleverly and atmospheric together in a tragedy, that it belongs to the most known dramas’ in European literature. The significance of this work is based on the psychological archetypes that Hugo portrays as tragic characters. The author characterized the underlying society with particular destinies and psychographics.
Church, nobility, poets and criminality of the contemporary Paris, which are here re
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Ahmad Sharabiani
922. Notre-Dame de Paris = The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris, "Our Lady of Paris") is a French Romantic/Gothic novel by Victor Hugo, published in 1831.
The story is set in Paris in 1482 during the reign of Louis XI. The gypsy Esmeralda (born as Agnes) captures the hearts of many men, including those of Captain Phoebus and Pierre Gringoire, but especially Quasimodo and his guardian Archdeacon Claude Frollo. Frollo is torn between his o
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Mohammed-Makram


أن تعيش داخل جسد مشوه أفضل ألف مرة من حياتك داخل نفس مشوهة و كأنك جثة تمشى بين الناس
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أفضل وسيلة لتهدئة الجموع هي أن تؤكد لهم أن التمثيل سيبدأ في الحال
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وباء إرهاب المشنقة،أخطر الأوبئة لأنه لا يأتي من الله بل من الإنسان
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وعلى الرغم من هذه البشاعة الصارخة، والدمامة المنقطعة النظير، فقد كانت تبدو على هذا المخلوق العجيب علامات القوة والخفة والشجاعة، وهو شذوذ على النظرية المألوفة التي تقول بأن القوة كالجمال، لا تنتج إلا عن تناسب الأعضاء.
Matthew
While reading this book I started to notice how little the Hunchback is in it. A Goodreads friend mentioned that this is why the title for it in France is actually "Our Lady of Paris". For some reason, English translations chose the the Hunchback for the title.

If other books, movies, or TV shows named themselves based on a character that was involved as much as Quasimodo was in this story, here is what they would be called:

Star Wars = Chewbacca
Harry Potter = Neville Longbottom
The Big Bang Theory
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Evripidis Gousiaris
Δεν χρειάζεται να πω πολλά γιατί η ιστορία είναι γνωστή. Θα πω μόνο ότι σε καμία περίπτωση δεν το περίμενα ΤΟΣΟ ΩΡΑΙΟ. Τόσο έντονο. Με μια του φράση ο Victor Hugo δημιουργούσε εκατοντάδες συναισθήματα.
Ο Κουασιμόδο προσηλωμένος και φυλακισμένος στον ναό Notre-Dame και εγώ προσηλωμένος και φυλακισμένος στις σελίδες του βιβλίου.
Διαβάστε το!
Jenna
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Victor Hugo's Les Misérables is one of my all-time favourite novels and so it's odd that I've never read any of his other books. In order to fill in the gaps in my reading, I've decided to read at least one classic a month this year and am so glad I started with The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Wow, wow... WOW! What a freaking good story! It's not quite as good as Les Mis but it's still incredible. At times Hugo can be long-winded and I could have thrown the Kindle across the room when he rambled on ...more
Chelsea
Mar 24, 2009 rated it liked it
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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Trish
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If these stones could speak …

Victor Hugo wrote this book in 1829, largely to make his contemporaries more aware of the value of the Gothic architecture, which was neglected and often destroyed, only to be replaced by new buildings or defaced by replacing parts of buildings in a newer style (such as the beautiful glass window of Nôtre Dame).

The actual French title translates to „Our Lady in Paris“ as it is not really about Quasimodo but about the cathedral of Nôtre Dame.

Now, in order to underst
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Ahmed
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Denisse
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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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Oziel Bispo
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Victor Hugo nos leva para a Paris do século XV, para a catedral de Notre Dame, onde nos conta a história do  amor impossível do misterioso padre Cláudio Frollo e do Sineiro corcunda Quasimodo, pela cigana Esmeralda . Victor Hugo através desse livro faz uma crítica , a  podridão da igreja , aos métodos da Inquisição e aos caprichos da nobreza e do clero de então.

Nesse livro ocorre uma completa inversão do que normalmente ocorre nos livros, aqui os heróis são a cigana Esmeralda e o disforme e hum
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Cait • A Page with a View
Whoever read this and thought it sounded like great Disney material must have been quite ambitious.

That movie kind of freaked me out as a kid, though, and I'm not sure I'm a much bigger fan of this story...

Bradley
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who knows, maybe I'm one of the only people in existence who enjoy good long novels about buildings. But then, there are a lot of fans of Follet's Pillars of the Earth, so maybe not.

Are people the thing? Or is it place? Or what happens when we start confusing a place with the persons within it?

Notre-Dame is a misshapen monster with a lumpy heart and a lumpy head. Or wait, is that Quasimodo? Is Esmeralda a good-natured gypsy dancer or is the spine of Paris itself?

Seen this way, the whole tragedy
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Mohammad Saadeh
عندما تنهي هذه الرواية تأكد ان شعورك لن يكون جميلا, تأكد انك ستشعر بكل حزن الدنيا في قلبك.
قطعة فنية من فيكتور هوجو, رواية لا تقل روعة وجمالا عن البؤساء.
من البداية الى المنتصف لم اشعر بالمتعة في الاحداث ولكن تغير كل شيء بعد ذلك.
يروي لنا الكاتب قصة انسان ولد وفيه كل شيء قبيح في هذه الدنيا, لقد كان احدبا, بشعا, كثير الشعر, وفوق ذلك اصيب بالصمم فكان اصما.
يروي لنا الحياة من منظور هذا الاحدب, يروي لنا كيف يرى هذا الاحدب البشع الناس وكيف يرونه هم, وكيف يتعامل هذا الاصم معهم, ويروي لنا مدى اخلاصه للذين
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Sushi (寿司)
Letto con il gruppo Edicola & Libreria. E per fortuna che mi sono aggregata altrimenti non sarei giunta viva alla fine.

Mi dispiace per Hugo ma reputo il suo libro davvero prolisso e noioso. I libri III e V sono veranente noiosi e interminabili. Mi ci sono pure persa dentro. Una breve descrizione fa sempre comodo ma che diamine me ne faccio di ben ventitre pagine di descrizione di tutta Parigi. Al limite del sonno davvero. In realtà considero che questo libro sia al limite del suicidio.
Supera
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Carmo
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: frança, my-bib
Desta história pouco mais sabia além da versão em bonequinhos da Disney. Não é má para as criancinhas, mas o livro bate-a aos pontos.
Ando a ler Victor Hugo desde a adolescência e tenho por ele um carinho muito especial. Poucos são os que conseguem condensar tanto numa só história. E ele fê-lo em tudo o que escreveu, o que também demonstra o tipo de ser humano que era: os valores que defendia e para quem apontava o dedo acusatório.
Nossa Senhora de Paris é, mais do que tudo, a história de uma Ca
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Alp Turgut
Victor Hugo’nun efsaneleşmiş eseri "Notre-Dame de Paris / The Hunchback of Notre Dame / Notre Dame’ın Kamburu", sadece hikaye örgüsüyle değil aynı zamanda alt metninde işlediği sanat ve insani değerler temalarıyla defalarca okunmayı hak eden fazlasıyla etkileyici gerçek bir başyapıt niteliğinde. İnsanların 15. yüzyıl kadar düşüncelerini özgürce ifade edebilmek için mimariyi kullandığını, rönesans ve reformla birlikte gelen matbaayla beraber mimarinin etkisinin kaybolmaya başladığına dikkat çeken ...more
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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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
♔ 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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Maha Maged
Sep 23, 2014 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
Mahdi Lotfi
گوژپشت نتردام (به فرانسوی: Notre-Dame de Paris) رمانی است به قلم ویکتور ماری هوگو، نویسنده فرانسوی که در ۱۸۳۱ انتشار یافت.
هوگو در مقدمه کتاب مینویسد: ((چند سال پیش نویسنده این کتاب به هنگام تماشا یابهتر بگوییم ضمن کاوش در کلیسای نتردام در یکی از زوایای تاریک برجهای آن کلمه ANATKH را که دستی عمیقا بر یکی از دیوارها کنده بود مشاهده کرد.))... ((کسی که این کلمه را بر دیوار برج کلیسای نتردام نقش زده بود چندین قرن پیش از جهان رخت بربسته و نوشته او هم بدنبال وی ناپدید گردیده، پایان عمر کلیسا نیز بسیار
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Chrissie
I want to state clearly that the book is not bad. I gave it two stars, and by that I mean it is OK! First of all, there are some really gorgeous lines. Secondly, Hugo has the ability to put you in the middle of an event; you are right there and it is whirling around you. Thirdly, he has a talent for weaving non-fictional facts into a fictional story.

Sometimes the writing feels wordy. Other times, Hugo expresses himself superbly, beautifully, elegantly.

The fictional elements are what give me the
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Andrei Tamaş
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"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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Yara (The Narratologist)
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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Iophil
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Capisci? ti amo!", gridò ancora.
"Che amore!", mormorò la poveretta fremendo.
"Amore di dannato!"


Piccola premessa: forse è un avviso un po' superfluo, perché ero rimasto uno dei pochi a non sapere nulla di questa storia, ma avviso che nella recensione ci saranno diversi spoiler.

Finora il mio unico approccio con Hugo risaliva a molto tempo fa ed era stato tutto sommato positivo.
Da ragazzino avevo letto I miserabili e, pur avendo intuito i meriti e la grandezza dei personaggi, era stata forse una
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