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Notre-Dame de Paris

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Author: Victor Hugo
Published: 1831
Language: English
Wordcount: 185,546 / 535 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.9
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 22,198 3763
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The story of a gypsy girl, a misshapen bell-ringer, and the ancient cathedral Notre-Dame.

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ancy of art and contrivances!

Four of the bailiff of the palace's sergeants, perfunctory guardians of all the pleasures of the people, on days of festival as well as on days of execution, stood at the four corners of the marble table.

The piece was only to begin with the twelfth stroke of the great palace clock sounding midday. It was very late, no doubt, for a theatrical representation, but they had been obliged to fix the hour to suit the convenience of the ambassadors.

Now, this whole multitude had been waiting since morning. A goodly number of curious, good people had been shivering since daybreak before the grand staircase of the palace; some even affirmed that they had passed the night across the threshold of the great door, in order to make sure that they should be the first to pass in. The crowd grew more dense every moment, and, like water, which rises above its normal level, began to mount along the walls, to swell around the pillars, to spread out on the entablatures, on the co

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.5 from 4 reviews: *****

A very tragic story but I love it.

M Sly Parker

LOVE IT! *However* -Every other chapter covers the histories of the buildings of France. I recommend skipping those parts. The story reminds me of a film version I saw as a kid, and the story itself is very much demented from the Disney: very much in the ways that The Little Mermaid was "fancified" by "magic trust and pixie dust". Thanks Walt!

I like the real version exactly as much as Disney's.

Another interesting note on this novel, is that it was written before Hugo's conversion to Christianity. After this book, very great in its right, he took on what I suppose is another magnum opus: Les Miserables. Spoiler Alert: The two are equally vivid, however there is life in one and death in the other.


Though in modern times, many may find the plot a little bit hackneyed. But no one can contend the mastery of this novel. the way plot unfolds, the heart-rending scenes and the mastery of emotions is just amazing





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