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The Man Who Laughs

The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo
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"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo is a stunning and powerful novel that tells the story of a man named Gwynplaine, who is disfigured with a permanent grin carved into his face. Set in 17th century England, the novel weaves a tale of love, betrayal, and the struggle for social justice.

Hugo's writing is beautifully descriptive and evocative, bringing to life the bleak and harsh landscapes of England and the colorful characters that inhabit it. The character of Gwynplaine is particularly compelling, as he navigates his way through a world that is often cruel and unforgiving.

The themes of beauty, societal norms, and the nature of true happiness are explored in depth throughout the novel, making it a thought-provoking and engaging read. The story is both heartbreaking and uplifting, as Gwynplaine struggles to find his place in a world that has rejected him.

Overall, "The Man Who Laughs" is a timeless classic that will linger in the reader's mind long after they have finished the book. Hugo's masterful storytelling and poignant exploration of human nature make this novel a must-read for anyone looking for a moving and profound literary experience.

Book Description:

The Man Who Laughs is a novel by Victor Hugo, originally published in April 1869 under the French title L'Homme qui rit. Also published under the title "By Order of the King". (Introduction by Wikipedia)

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