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Notre Dame de ParisA profound sense of tragic irony it is a work that gives full play to Victor Hugo's brilliant historical imagination and his remarkable powers of description. Written by Victor Hugo who also brought us the wonderful classic Les Misérables which in some ways is very similar to this story; I noticed a sort of parallel between Inspector Javert and Claude Frollo this large classic features deep characters dark but important thematic elements and morality which isn't always so black and white Until recently my only experience with The Hunchback of Notre Dame had been watching the 1990's Disney animated film on VHS as a kid which was waaaay back in 2005 and my memory of it isn't so good except that I remember being disappointed by the ending in which Esmeralda inevitably doesn't love uasimodo in spite of him being a kind person I was eight years old; it hadn't occurred to me back then that life rarely works out that way and feeling very sorry for poor Frollo in his eventual demise god knows why; he was scary back then Kids in my elementary school classes had nightmares about him I decided I should go back and re experience the story but this time I wanted to try reading the original book over the Disney film The novel is considerably deeper; although the Disney film did try and in all fairness did manage to capture some of the complex emotions and psychology behind the characters as a film intended for children it left out many of the book's deeper moments and is radically different from the book in many respects uasimodo actually isn't a huge presence in the novel in spite of him being the titular character which was a bit odd but the book seems to be about sharing a message than it is about the characters themselves I can't say that I loved The Hunchback of Notre Dame as much as Les Misérables unfortunately While it's still a great novel and undeniably well written The Hunchback of Notre Dame seems in its own weird way to be a commentary on Victor Hugo's perception of France's architecture and a historicalpolitical glance back in time The pacing and structure of the novel is also difficult to get used to If you like linear plots with only a couple of characters I wouldn't recommend it but if you like stories that follow their own course at their own time this one is a good choice I do however recommend reading Les Misérables first if you're new to the work of Victor Hugo It's arguably his best novel but also gives readers a chance to get immersed in his writing style before moving onto his other books

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He haunting drama of uasimodo the hunchback; Esmeralda the gypsy dancer; and Claude Frollo the priest tortured by the specter of his own damnation Shaped by. 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 titleIf other books movies or TV shows named themselves based on a character that was involved as much as uasimodo was in this story here is what they would be calledStar Wars ChewbaccaHarry Potter Neville LongbottomThe Big Bang Theory Howard WalowitzThe Shining Danny Torrance Frozen OlafLost Smoke MonsterAll those characters are important to the stories but they are hardly the main focus While this is the case with this book it is not necessarily a bad thing just a thing to be aware of going in; you really don't get very much uasimodoAfter reading and loving Les Miserables I had high hopes for this book But it was just okay I am glad I read it and I did enjoy it a lot in a few parts but most of it was a slog Hugo spends the first 350 pages or so setting up the story describing Paris at the time of the story etc I think many who try this would have a hard time staying interested Also and I hate to say this because I always want my books to be unabridged but you could probably abridge this to 150 200 pages and still get everythingClassics buffs Hugo fans hardcore historical fiction fans step right up Casual reader thinking about checking out some Hugo step on over to Les Mis

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READ & DOWNLOAD Notre Dame de Paris 107 ´ 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 uasimodo the hunchback; Esmeralda the gypsy dancer; and Claude Frollo the priest tortured by the specter of his own damnation Shaped 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 t. 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 UlyssesIt is a shame that this book is so seldom referred to in English by its given name for it is about than the history of one hunchback however moving that history may be First of all it is about the great cathedral that dominates and defines the city the setting for much of the novel's action and most of its crucial events It is also about the “genius loci” of Paris the maternal spirit that offers sanctuary and support to its most unfortunate children many of them literally orphans Gringoire uasimodo Esmeralda the Frollos be they ugly or beautiful virtuous or evil bringing a measure of comfort to their difficult and and often tragic lives Hugo's novel had been on my lengthy “must read” list for years but what finally moved it to the top was my growing fascination with cities in literature In childhood my favorite Arabian Night's tales were the ones that took place in Baghdad and from early adolescence I loved Sherlock Holmes' London D'Artagnan's Paris and Nero Wolfe's New York I also began to appreciate fantastic cities such as Stevenson and Machen's London and Leiber's Lankhmar Soon I fell in love with the hard boiled detective genre and—having been a childhood fan of Arthurian romances—identified with each of these modern knight errants on a uest I also realized that the individuality of each city—and the private detective's familiarity with it and his relation to it was an essential part of the genre's charm Even the most realistic of private eye cities—Robert B Parker's Boston for example—were filled with as many marvels as any Arthurian Romance instead of a sorceress one might meet a sexy widow; instead of a liveried dwarf a mysterious butler; and instead of a disguised knight offering a cryptic challenge one might be offered a tailing job by a Beacon Hill Brahmin with a mask of smiles and hidden motivations The world of the marvelous had been transported from the isolated castles woods and meadows of England's “green and pleasant land” to the magnificent townhouses and seedy alleys of an urban environment How had this occurred and what were the literary antecedentsI believe that Notre Dame de Paris in 1831 is the point where this all begins Hugo took a shoot of the delicate gothic already in decline grafted it to the hearty root of the city or precisely to a Gothic cathedral in the center of a great city where it was most likely to flourish watered it from the oasis of Arabian marvels dangerous hunchback guild of thieves beautiful dancing girl and cultivated the resulting growth with the historical method of Sir Walter Scott Thus the urban romance was bornThis was just the start of course Another decade of industrialism and population growth would make the great European cities seem even like ancient Baghdad Dickens would make the thieves guild central to the sinister London of Oliver Twist and Eugene Sue's exploration of urban vices in The Mysteries of Paris 1841 would soon be successfully imitated commercially if not artistically—by England's Reynolds in The Mysteries of London and America's Lippard in The uaker City or The Monks of Monk's HallA little later the detective arrived in the gothic city Poe's DuPont Gaboriau's Leco Conan Doyle's Holmes and soon the marvelous and fantastic were re introduced Stevenson's New Arabian Nights Machen's The Three Imposters as well fully preparing the urban landscape for the writers of the 20th century to construct their cities of romance in the worlds of detection and fantasyHugo tells us that the bones of uasimodo and Esmeralda have long ago turned to dust but the marvelous city of crimes and dreams continues to live on