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Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Hunchback of Notre-Dame | Victor Hugo
Here is the haunting drama of Quasimodo, the hunchback; Esmeralda, the gypsy dancer; and Claude Frollo, the priest tortured by his own damnation. Shaped by a profound sense of tragic irony, it is a work that gives full play to the author's brilliant imagination.
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Tianarose
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Tell me I‘m not crazy. Poured my coffee this morning and saw Frollo in my foam. 😂 What‘s the word for people who see faces in everything?? 🤔

Enchanted_Bibliophile As long as you don't see the Grim 👀 3w
Tianarose @Enchanted_Bibliophile true enough! Lol. Your comment reminded me how much I miss the TV show Grimm. I wish netflix would pick it up! 3w
Cinfhen That‘s hilarious and such a good call!!! 3w
Enchanted_Bibliophile I also loved it. Wouldn't mind a rerun. 3w
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EllanaRose
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I'm really enjoying this! I kinda missed using #SerialReader

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EllanaRose
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I'm really enjoying this so far!
#SerialReader

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VioletMoonBooks
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VioletMoonBooks
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EllanaRose
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One of my reading goals is to make more use of #SerialReader and I want to read Les Mis at some point, so I'm starting with something shorter.

melissajayne Les Mis is excellent. 2mo
EllanaRose @melissajayne - It is, for sure, but I struggle with it 2mo
melissajayne @EllanaRose I did too, but it was so worth it. 2mo
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MrBook
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We had a GREAT meeting of the #2030SomethingLongReadsBookClub yesterday in #NYC 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! @BookAngelNYC was NOT a fan of this one 😆🙌🏻, nor were the others, but I liked it for the most part. 😊

I had a chicken-mozzarella-spinach-sundried tomato sub, MMMmmm 😋!

DGRachel It's been 20 years since I read Hunchback, but I remember loving it. 2mo
MaleficentBookDragon I read it in high school. I remember liking it. 2mo
jb72 I read Hunchback this year (well listened to it via a series of podcasts), and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Some long winded parts, but overall I‘d have to say I‘m glad I read it. 2mo
Lindy I have vivid memories of reading this by a wood stove during a week of solid rain in the mountains of Andalusia in February 2002. I was transported. 2mo
mydearwatson One of my all-time favorite books. 2mo
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MrBook
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Can‘t wait to finish up my day‘s work, so that I can finish this magnificent classic while sipping hot chocolate with marshmallows 😌. I‘m as comfortable being a social extrovert as I am a secluded introvert, lol—when it comes to solitary activities, my favorites are reading and writing ☺️. What are yours?! #Musings

MaGoose Favorite solitary activities include reading and listening to music. 😎 3mo
wordslinger42 @MrBook I didn't realize you're a writer! What do you write? I love drawing, writing, and coloring. Anything crafty and creative! 3mo
EKonrad Reading and writing for me too! Introverts unite! 😊 3mo
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ljuliel I‘m a YAKKER so being around people doesn‘t bother me at all. Anyone with EARS will do. As for time alone, I value it. I like my space and ability to do what I want , when I want , with no one to answer to. I‘d say reading ( and sleeping) are what I do best when alone. 😴 💤. 3mo
TK-421 Reading & writing are my favourite solitary activities too! 3mo
Deifio At the moment it's reading and practicing my music instruments (piano and harmonica). When I'm alone I don't feel embarrassed because I still sound pretty bad on harp ☺️ 3mo
MrBook @Deifio , lol. Have you come across Toots Thielemans? Got to see him live! Check him out. 😎 2mo
MrBook @wordslinger42 , ohh yeeaahh ☺️. I was a ghostwriter for a number of years. Working on a couple manuscripts in my own right for a few years now. 😁👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
wordslinger42 @MrBook That's so cool!! Let all us Littens know when you publish them! 😊 2mo
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MrBook
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#BookNBrunch! Accompaniment this chilly and brighter early afternoon is: a skillet of Yukon gold potatoes with scrambled eggs and bacon and cheddar, focaccia toast, and hot tea. MMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

TheBookHippie Now I need that copy the gargoyle looks so happy 🤣🤣 I just read this this year..loved it!!! 3mo
squirrelbrain Yummy! 😋 3mo
Leftcoastzen That looks super yummy 3mo
Peddler410 I had plans to read that exact edition. Never got started 😔 3mo
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MrBook
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#BookBDinner!! Accompaniment this frigid and windy evening was: my stir-fry of green beans, carrots, mushrooms, and broccoli florets, in extra virgin olive oil; cucumbers, spinach, mozzarella balls, radishes, black olives, and chicken strips; and sparkling mineral water. This has been another presentation of: #MrBookKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats. 😎👌🏻

Bklover Looks yummy- except for that sparkling mineral water. It always makes me think of AlkaSeltzer! 3mo
Nute Looks so delicious!😋 3mo
Reecaspieces Yum! 3mo
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Andrew65
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I‘ll let people decide which one of these two is the #masterpiece #movember

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JP5uE6-CG54

Cinfhen Honestly , I didn‘t love this Disney film 🤷🏼‍♀️not as much as Little Mermaid, or Beauty &the Beast ❣️❣️❣️ 3mo
flying_monkeys I watched the b&w movie (1930s, 39 I think??) when I was like 7-ish years old, and it made me so sad that I've never been able to read the book or watch the Disney version... even after my daughter watched it about 10 years ago. 🤷‍♂️ 3mo
EadieB I own the book and watched the movie. Great story! 3mo
Andrew65 @EadieB This is one I watched on the big screen whilst on holiday in Llandudno. @flying_monkeys (edited) 3mo
EadieB @Andrew65 That must have been a great experience with seeing it on the big screen! 3mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this cold and dark evening: my stir-fry in extra virgin olive oil of green beans, carrots, and mushrooms; rotisserie chicken; walnuts; onion crisps; mozzarella & parmesan cheeses; spices; and, sparkling mineral water. MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Background 🎶: Spotify‘s “French Cafe Jazz (no lyrics)” playlist

Reecaspieces Wow...hunchback....hmmmm 3mo
Andrew65 Can‘t beat rotisserie chicken. 😋 3mo
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MrBook
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame | Victor Hugo, Frederic Shoberl
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#BookNDinner! Keeping it simple this cold and windy night: multi-grain scoop chips with pepperoni, Italian salami, black olives, mozzarella & parmesan & cheddar cheeses, and spices; and Vanilla Coke. MMMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats. 😎👌🏻

Background 🎶: The Spotify “French Cafe 2019” playlist

Bookzombie Your nachos always look and sound delicious! 🤤 3mo
Mandoul Those look like some champion Nachos 😀 3mo
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Sempernox
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“Great buildings, like great mountains, are the work of centuries.” - Paris, France

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Erofan
Notre-Dame de Paris | Victor Hugo
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Many comic adaptations based on famous books have been published recently. Of course, the comic will not replace the original book, but for many readers the comic will become a self-contained work and I'm sure that some will even want to read the original source or reread it 😉
#graphicnovel #classicsincomics

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jb72
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#BFCr4 #week4 (I think)

Finally my check in.
NO soda - I‘ve had zero soda
Meditation - 3x this past week
No exercise
No stretching
Read about 25 books or so (mostly children‘s books)
I did finish the tagged book last week so I‘m happy about that, and it turned out pretty good. This past week and the beginning of this week has been lacking in a lot of motivation. I‘ve been super tired, and haven‘t been able to get over that hump.

wanderinglynn I always find myself tired and dragging around this time of year. The seasons changing, the time change, it all seems to effect me. Hang in there. 💚 You had a great week not drinking soda, meditating, & reading. 🙌🏻 4mo
jb72 @wanderinglynn Thanks! I don‘t know what happened to me yesterday, but I was so tired I couldn‘t move. Hopefully today is a better and more productive day. 4mo
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#scarathlon #teamstoker

I finally finished the book. It is full of monsters and tragedy.

6 points - book read and participation

SumisBooks 🧟‍♀️ 4mo
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#scarathlon #Teamstoker

1. Currently I‘m reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Brother.
2. Binky The Space Cat was my last 5 🌟 book and I‘ll most definitely read the rest in the series.
3. 6 adult books and 65 children‘s books so far
4. Next up for me will be I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark and The Clockmaker‘s Daughter.

SumisBooks Awesome sweetheart 40 points!!! 🧟‍♀️ 4mo
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jb72
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#scarathlon #teamstoker #24B4Monday #readathon

My final total is 8 hours and 47 minutes. I finished 11 children‘s books, and made significant progress on The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I also started Brother. Not as good amount of time as I hoped for as I was plagued with a headache on day two.

Andrew65 Still a great time. 👏👏👏😊👍🥳🍾🥂 4mo
Eggbeater Nice job! 👏👏👏 4mo
SumisBooks Excellent job sweetheart 40 points!!! 👏👏👏🧟‍♀️ 4mo
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jb72
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#scarathlon #teamstoker #24B4Monday
1. My goal is to finally reach 24 hours
2. I‘d say both - mood with a TBR
3. Sweet tea and chips
4. Night owl 🦉
5. Just have fun (oh and turn on your timer) 😬
6. Horror - Halloween - nonfiction - classic
7. All - I have books going in all formats

SumisBooks You got this girl!!!! 🧟‍♀️ 4mo
Clwojick You‘re going to crush it! 🖤 4mo
Andrew65 You can do it, I have total faith. 4mo
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Andrew65 I‘m also a night owl. 🦉 4mo
AceOnRoam I'll be on passage to Australia starting esrly Saturday morning jb. We will be there for 8 months, so I should be able to participate in a few in a row. All the best reaching your 24 hour challenge 🤞 4mo
AceOnRoam *early 4mo
jb72 @AceOnRoam wishing you a safe passage! I will miss you and your posts! 4mo
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Chrys
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Sanctuary! My movie this evening. #TeamStoker
 @TheReadingMermaid

SumisBooks 🧟‍♀️ 4mo
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SumisBooks
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Getting a very late start today. Up first we have....

1923 starring Lon Chaney Sr., Patsy Ruth Miller and Brandon Hurst

2pts for #TeamStoker
#Scarathlon

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VioletMoonBooks
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A truly remarkable classic novel. At first it felt like it would take forever for me to read but as I read more and more of it, I found myself transported to 15th century France. I found myself so entrapped by the characters and their story lines l, that I couldn‘t put the book down. This was a very gratifying read. 🔔🇫🇷
#TheHunchbackOfNotreDame #VictorHugo #book #books #bookunion #bookunhaul #bookutopia #Classics #Fiction #HistoricalFiction 💖

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CrowCAH
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#RedRoseSeptember #PoorMisguidedFool

Quasimodo is a poor creature misguided by the fool teachings of Lord Frollo.

(Edited to change the bad guys name)

arlenefinnigan Frodo gets about doesn't he? (sorry, I'll get my coat) 6mo
CrowCAH @arlenefinnigan I wrote the name wrong, it‘s Frollo! 🤦🏼‍♀️ I will fix. This is what happens when I haven‘t read the book and only have seen the Disney animated and sing along! 6mo
Cinfhen Hahaha!! I saw the Disney animated film too !!! 6mo
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Biverson12
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1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame because the translated version I have still has a lot of French in it and I don‘t know French!
2. The Devil‘s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
3. Lots!
4. The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey - review coming soon ☺️
5. Anyone who‘s up for it!

Thanks @Eggs
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 🤗👏🏻📚💗 6mo
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OnlyYoo
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This book is one of the most beautiful books I‘ve ever read. I think I‘m going to do a full review on this so stay tuned 😄

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OnlyYoo

“As he grew up he had found naught around him but hatred. What wonder he should have caught it!” Just a random thought in my head that I wanted to share haha. But I‘ve been drawing a lot of parallels between Erik from The Phantom of the Opera and Quasimodo. Both were born deformed and have experienced human hate from birth. Hugo is right, no wonder they became cruel. It wasn‘t an inherent trait, rather learned behavior

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Crazeedi Congrats! 6mo
sudi Congrats 🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏 6mo
Velvetfur Wow that's great! Congrats to you! 👏 6mo
brit91 🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊 6mo
Slajaunie Congratulations! 🎉🍾 4mo
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jy0tiar0ra
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Quasimodo, the hero of one of the most moving love stories ever written. Better known as The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
It takes a wizard of words like Victor Hugo to turn such a person into one of the greatest lovers in literature.
Check out my review of the book at https://www.jyotiarora.com/hunchback-of-notre-dame/

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jy0tiar0ra
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The book truly tells a remarkable love story. And it is magnificent writing, startling, larger-than-life characters, and gripping passion and poignancy. A must-read for those who love great literature.

Full review on https://www.jyotiarora.com/hunchback-of-notre-dame/

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Amabear
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Help!
Hey everyone! I haven‘t been on in so long- my apologies. I was severely sick in the hospital for a bit, and then I had like 6 clients in a row the last few months (I‘m a birth photographer) so Iv has very little time to post about my reading.
Alas, I need your help!!! Why does this say condensed from the book?? Am I not reading the full version?

callielafleur I'm sorry you've been ill! I would say that the condensed version is not the full version. 7mo
Amabear @callielafleur why would anyone do such a thing 😂 7mo
callielafleur Google says that the illustrations in that version are gorgeous, so enjoy it! It was apparently done in the 60s for Readers Digest. Goodreads says that the full version is 510 pages, how long is your version? 7mo
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Amabear @callielafleur 176! And it has no illustrations lol. 7mo
callielafleur 😂 7mo
DivineDiana Glad you‘re back! 7mo
Amiable Hope you‘re on the mend! 7mo
Amabear @Amiable thank you I am! 7mo
Amabear @DivineDiana thank you! 7mo
LibrarianRyan It means it has been shortened. they remove some scenes, or take out descriptions. The idea is that it makes it easier to read. 7mo
Eggs Welcome back 🤗 7mo
Amabear @LibrarianRyan well I dislike this idea. I feel like it‘s unfair to the author. I suppose I understand why but still. 7mo
Amabear @Eggs thank you! 7mo
LibrarianRyan @Amabear I completely agree. RD abridged books that never needed to be abridged. But then again I hate classics retold for kids. Do t even get me started on The Great American Classics series. 7mo
Amabear @LibrarianRyan oh really? Tell me 😂 I want to know all the things! 7mo
LibrarianRyan @Amabear I wrote it wrong. The great Illustrated classics are and old and still popular series for kids that dumbs down the classics. They also “clean” them up and take out controversial things. So kids think they have read all these classics and as they get older and actually have to study them, it can lead to difficulties in classrooms. 7mo
Clare-Dragonfly I had a similar thought and read the full, unabridged Les Miserables. But it had so much unnecessary description that I‘m sure an abridged version would have been better. My husband argued with me when I said the Battle of Waterloo was boring 😅 7mo
Amabear @LibrarianRyan oh yes I just read something on that. That would be frustrating (edited) 7mo
Amabear @Clare-Dragonfly lol! I haven‘t read that one. I tend to like long drawn out rants so we‘ll see how I feel about this one. 7mo
Clare-Dragonfly In that case, maybe you will! I hope you love it 😄 7mo
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It is three hundred forty-eight years, six months, and nineteen days ago today that the citizens of Paris were awakened by the pealing of all the bells in the triple precincts of the City, the University, and the Town. 📚🔔
#TheHinchbackOfNotreDame #VictorHugo #firstline #openingline #book #books #funko #funkopop #popvinyl #FreddyFunko #bookz #bookzesty #bookzilla #bookzine #bookzone #bookxcess #bookcase #Classics #Fiction #HistoricalFiction 🖤🖤

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I was surprised to find the main focus of the book was the city of Paris and its architecture. Quasimodo and company seemed almost extraneous. I‘m glad I read it, but I liked Les Mis a lot more. It probably didn‘t help that I read a random freebie Kindle translation. #1001books

Daisey I remember enjoying Les Mis more as well. 7mo
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First of all I had great fun reading this with the #hugonuts. Thanks @Lcsmcat !

But, it left me wondering what to make of this. Was it a really just dark fairytale? It‘s some kind of response to the French restoration, and light fun except, well... 🤷🏻‍♂️ Anyway, I enjoyed meeting all these famous characters and pondering medieval Paris, and I think I‘ve developed an attachment to a 🐐.

(To the other #hugonuts, sorry this comes in so late)

Lcsmcat I had a blast! I know Hugo was trying to draw attention to the state of the cathedral, and pressure people into restoring it. But otherwise I think he was just spinning a good yarn. 8mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat I was thinking more about the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon than that kind of restoration, but that too, of course! It is a good story. 8mo
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One more TBR classic chunkster conquered! I enjoyed this much more than Les Mis (but also admit that Les Mis is the better, more “serious” book). The melodrama & suspense, certain infuriating characters, and fewer essay-like digressions kept me turning pages to find out what happened next. Glad I read this with the #hugonuts! And now that I‘ve read the source material, I wonder why anyone thought this would be a good story to adapt for kids?!

Lcsmcat I‘ve wondered that myself! My kids loved the Disney version when they were small, but even with it playing so often in my house I don‘t remember how they handled the ending. 8mo
Daisey Very good point about the adaptation. I know I‘ve seen parts, but I don‘t think I ever watched the whole Disney movie. Also interesting because I remember enjoying Les Mis more overall, but I wonder what I would think if I read them closer together. 8mo
pppooraikul I read the book after watching the Disney adaptation (I don‘t like it much except for the music) so, I don‘t expect much. But this book completely blew my mind. 😍 The very first question that came to mind is exactly the same as yours! (edited) 8mo
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I finished the last two issues of the book this morning with breakfast. Overall I enjoyed the story, but the long section on architecture and the jumping perspectives when I was most interested in staying with a certain character hold me back from considering it great. The tragedy seems realistic and appropriate for the story, but the little bits of humor and Djali 🐐 are still some of my favorite aspects.

#Hugonuts #SerialReader #1001books

Daisey @Lcsmcat Thanks so much for hosting the readalong. The group posts and discussion definitely helped me get more from this classic read. 8mo
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There was just that one slow section about the architecture. I even liked the part about the cathedral itself, but it needed to stop there and not continue for chapters. Overall, though, I really enjoyed the book, and I loved reading it with #hugonuts.

Graywacke It was really fun the read together! 8mo
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About Phoebus‘s end...
Did Hugo marry? #hugonuts

Lcsmcat Yes, he was married for 46 years to Adèle Foucher. 8mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat apparently there was some tension in the marriage too...even at the stage when he wrote this. 8mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke One would think so, from his statement about Phoebus, even if one had no other evidence. 😀 8mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat well... yeah... 🙂 8mo
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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame | Victor Hugo, Frederic Shoberl
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Final discussion starters of the book. La Esmeralda, in danger, rescued, in danger, rescued ad infinitum. Did it create real suspense for you? Was the ending Hugo gave her and Quasimodo the happiest he could imagine for them, given the era? Did Quasimodo get revenge on Frollo, or did the cathedral wreak her own revenge? Was it enough for you? What about Phoebus? Did he get off free? Final thoughts on the book? #hugonuts

TheBookHippie I now want to watch the Disney kid version to see what they did!!! 8mo
TheBookHippie I love how Esmeralda choose death over sleeping with Frollo. I think she tried. I had to remind myself while reading that she was 16 and how actually strong she was especially in that time. I think the ending is real. Probably not popular. I think she was truly loved by Quasimodo. What happened to the goat??? Did I miss that? I enjoyed it. Much more than I anticipated. How very sad that this was a lot of women‘s fate. Falsely accused. Witchcraft 8mo
TheBookHippie Cont .... because of intelligence or having ones own mind. Refusal of advances so she was threatened with her life. Happens still. 8mo
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tournevis Hugo wanted to remind people of the Vanitas. Only buildings can last. People are crap and they die. So in the end, yes, the cathedral won and it remains. As for Esmeralda, she had sex, so of course she had to die. And, I do not remember what happens to the goat either. 8mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie @tournevis Gringoire escapes with Djali. He can only save one, and he chooses the goat. 8mo
tournevis @Lcsmcat The goat wins! 🐐 8mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat 🤣🤣 oye. I missed that. I was going to go reread since I was reading while I was drugged from my awful allergy steroids that are not my friend !! 8mo
janeycanuck I fell so far behind on this!! I‘m going to revisit soon and am looking forward to coming back and reading the discussion as I finish each week‘s reading. Thanks for hosting, @Lcsmcat 8mo
jewright Quasimodo and the cathedral work together to kill Frollo. Thank goodness. The cruelest part is that the mother lost her daughter right after she found her. I could have just screamed with Esmeralda yelling for Phoebus at the last minute, but she was only 16. We‘re all stupid about men at that point. Gringoire disappointed me in choosing the goat. Quasimodo is the only one who had Esmerelda‘s best interests at heart. 8mo
BarbaraJean I was in suspense over Esmeralda the whole way—and I rolled my eyes when she called out to Phoebus. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I don‘t know about Hugo giving Esmeralda & Quasimodo the happiest ending possible given the era—I could have seen them contentedly living in Notre Dame for the rest of their days! Hugo was going for pathos & tragedy, and he got it. All the near-rescues, the short-lived mother-daughter reunion... definitely constructed for maximum heartbreak. 8mo
BarbaraJean Except for Gringoire. I think he got his happiest ending! 💜🐐 8mo
BarbaraJean I like the idea of the cathedral wreaking its own revenge—especially since that Frollo scene is so drawn out, like the cathedral is keeping him from saving himself. I like to think of the cathedral and Quasimodo as partnering together in protecting the innocent and in bringing justice, though imperfectly. 8mo
Lcsmcat @BarbaraJean And, while Q pushed him, it says that he was close enough to help him, which means he was also close enough to give him a final push, but he didn‘t. 8mo
Graywacke Sorry, I can‘t believe he killed her off after all that! That Gringoire chose the 🐐 is really funny though. There is a lot of humor for such a dark end. 8mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I know! Why couldn‘t she keep quiet and escape! And I‘m glad you appreciated the humor too. I think the classics are often far more entertaining than we give them credit for. 8mo
BookwormAHN I love that Gringoire chose Djali and got away. I would have been really upset if the goat would have been hanged. I think the ending was rather romantic or as romantic as Quasimodo was going to get. 8mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat yes, that‘s something I‘m coming to learn, the humor. Hugo seemed to ooze happy confidence. Which is odd, since my afterword has him writing locked in a room with a head-to-toe sweater that he couldn‘t wear outside the house - to prevent him from distractions.. 8mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke That‘s hilarious! 8mo
Lcsmcat @BookwormAHN It‘s certainly the way they played it in the musical. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=M2OnxTL0VSg But I prefer living to dying for love. 😆 I am glad the goat was saved, but Gringoire, 🤷🏻‍♀️ 8mo
Graywacke @BookwormAHN @Lcsmcat Seems we all love the goat. 16 yr gets hanged. Sad and unfortunate and dramatic. (Romantic?) Goat gets hung - not acceptable!! Gringoire makes an odd anti-hero. (edited) 8mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I see him more as a fool than an anti-hero. He‘s just hapless. But the goat was the only one who (if you play by the rules of the world Hugo set up) is totally innocent. 8mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat Gringoire was such a disappointment. But that‘s his role. He reminds me of Rincewind in discworld, the hapless wizard. He is a fool. The philosophers were big in the 18th century, but not so much for Hugo. He‘s attacking them. But, G is also a hero because he saved the goat. And, as a dead goat is a barbaric book, he saves the book. So, that‘s where I get anti-hero. (edited) 8mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat I started going through your questions one by one. No quick answers. 🙂 Would take me six posts - one for each question. Maybe I‘ll scatter them?? 8mo
Graywacke Q1 suspense: For me, yes there was some suspense. But it always had a fairytale feel for me, so it was more of a curiosity than a worried suspense. But I read the last 50 pages very quickly... 8mo
Graywacke Q2 : happiest ending: The ending was maybe ok for Quasimodo because he sort of got his girl, but certainly not for Esmeralda. Quasimodo was just another unwanted courter (who couldn‘t handle no.) the only happy ending for Esmeralda would have been with her mom in Rheims. 8mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I respectfully disagree that Quasimodo couldn‘t handle no. He made sure to stay away when she was awake, bringing her food without expecting anything from her. What I mean by “happiest ending possible” was that neither a gypsy nor a disfigured person was valued enough in that time to be considered fully human. Hugo couldn‘t have them living happily ever after - no one would buy it. So he did what he could and focused on the after life. (edited) 8mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat I don‘t think we‘re disagreeing. But it‘s good thing to have different perspectives. What I‘m thinking is “no” should mean move on. Not, watch me while I sleep and do other things and obsess over me. He was a mixture of stalker and protective angel. But, in no way does Esmeralda end up with him by choice. She was no angel, as we slowly learn. She was focused on the visual, and couldn‘t appreciate Q or see through Ph. But... 8mo
Graywacke But Hugo did not share my perspective. For him, having them end up together in death was a kind of romance. His version of beauty and the beast. So, I do agree with you, it‘s the only possible ending where they end up together. 8mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I agree that watching you sleep is not welcome behavior. I just cut old authors more slack than I do currently living human males. 😂 And totally agree that Esmeralda didn‘t get a happy ending. 8mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat 🙂view the author from their times and so on...he did capture the imagination of a nation. 8mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Ang got a cathedral rebuilt. 8mo
Daisey I just finished this morning, so adding my thoughts. @tournevis @BarbaraJean @Graywacke The goat wins! I know it sounds harsh, but I really am happy the goat escaped. I was pretty sure the others would not get a truly happy ending and I loved the humor with the goat, so it seems right. 🐐 💕 8mo
Daisey I tried to keep some hope for Esmeralda, but I feel this tragic end was realistic to the story. She gave up her chance when she still thought Phoebus might care for her at all and called to him. Phoebus got exactly what I expected, and as for Frollo, that ending was perfect! I feel the most for Quasimodo, and I think he really was doing his best to respect Esmeralda's wishes while still protecting her as much as possible. 8mo
Graywacke @Daisey Djali was a clear favorite character. 🐐 ❤️ 8mo
Graywacke Q3 Did Quasimodo get revenge on Frollo, or did the cathedral wreak her own revenge? When I think about this too much it seems these two used each other, Quasimodo possessed by and at the same time master of the silent building. (An epicurean/stoic bond?) Which leaves me to wonder who else did the building possess? Claude? Jehan? Esmeralda? 🐐? Certainly it seemed to pass judgment. I‘m going with both. 8mo
Graywacke Q4 Was the revenge enough for me? No! Claude never understood how much he was his own and everyone else‘s problem. If he had come to that realization, I would happier. But that wasn‘t really possible. (He did have time to realize he‘d crossed Quasimodo‘s line of justice. That was a little satisfying.) 8mo
Graywacke Q5: What about Pheobus? Pheobus was for me an extra. A teen heartthrob and otherwise a cipher (a lot like the Paris of the Iliad...) 8mo
Graywacke Oh, did get off free? Yes! If his marriage goes bad (or not) he‘ll just find the next girl... 8mo
Graywacke Q6 final thoughts: Most of the book felt like a Middle East fairy tale - Esmeralda even had the outfit. Djali gave a pastoral feel. Claude was the evil sorcerer, certainly not Christian. But then the end has so much arbitrary death. It becomes a horror show, toying with medieval hard life myths but really an expression about the Revolution and a protest on the ridiculousness of France returning to monarchy. Also... 8mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke It did have a fairy tale feel - especially with the Truands being identified as the king of this or the king of that. 8mo
Graywacke Also, no one liked anyone else ever. Everyone was focused on themselves and only thought of other people kindly if they wanted to possess them, like an acquisition. Also, Jehan was a terrible Odysseus (I think Hugo meant that) and failed to slay his Polyphemus. 8mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat The Truands were entertaining. Oh right - Prince of Egypt or whatnot!! Another middle east touch 8mo
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“What can you have to attach you so strongly to life?”
“Ah, a thousand reasons...the air—the sky—the morning—the evening—the moonlight...the fine architecture of Paris to study...more than I can tell. Anaxagoras used to say he had come into the world to admire the sun. And then I have the felicity of passing the whole of my days, from morning to night, with a man of genius—no other than I myself—and that‘s very agreeable.”

😂 #hugonuts

Lcsmcat I love this section! 8mo
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Just starting Book 10, and look @Graywacke Hugo knew what you were thinking about Gringoire. 😀 #hugonuts

Graywacke 🤣 🤣 🤣 8mo
Graywacke Thank you. You‘re timing is perfect. 🙂 8mo
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