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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
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One of the great literary tragedies of all time, The Hunchback of Notre Dame features some of the most well-known characters in all of fiction - Quasimodo, the hideously deformed bellringer of Notre-Dame de Paris, his master the evil priest Claude Frollo, and Esmeralda, the beautiful gypsy condemned for a crime she did not commit.

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By Victor Hugo

Translated by Isabel F. Hapgood


A few years ago, while visiting or, rather, rummaging about Notre Dame, the author of this book found, in an obscure nook of one of the towers, the following word, engraved by hand upon the wall:


These Greek capitals, black with age, and quite deeply graven in the stone, with I know not what signs peculiar to Gothic caligraphy imprinted upon their forms and upon their attitudes, as though with the purpose of revealing that it had been a hand of the Middle Ages which had inscribed them there, and especially the fatal and melancholy meaning contained in them, struck the author deeply.

He questioned himself; he sought to divine who could have been that soul in torment which had not been willing to quit this world without leaving this stigma of crime or unhappiness upon the brow of the ancient church.

Afterwards, the wall was whitewashed or scraped down, I know not which, and the inscription disappeared... Continue reading book >>

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Reviewer: - October 20, 2015
great book
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great book
Reviewer: - September 13, 2013
Subject: Amazing book and reader
This book is wonderful, there is not more that needs to be said. However, I want to be sure to draw recognition and appreciation towards the reader. The reader is amazing, having recorded all the chapters himself and with such wonderful voices, tone and pace. I would pay to buy such an audiobook, truly, this is of a very high quality. The recording is clear and so easy to follow. I also admire how unlike readers of other books, this one person never seems to mention his own name, but rather gets straight into each chapter. I do hope the reader can be identified, at the least so that I can listen to more of his recordings. This reader is the model I intend to follow in my own future contributions. He puts his heart and imagination into each reading and keeps full attention on the story line. Well done! This is certainly one of the best audio recordings.
Reviewer: - August 12, 2013
Subject: Great recording
This is a beautiful reading of a classic novel.

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