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The Invisible Man-Illustrated Classics-Guide (Graphic Novels) Multimedia CD – September 1, 2008
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This 26-title set features dynamic comic-style art and abridged retellings of both myths and literature classics. Titles include The Jungle Book, The Wizard of Oz, Pinocchio, and Alice in Wonderland (all 2010), among others. --Book Links --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Now to the human aspects of the novel, the plot so to speak: There are no perfect angels in this book. After all, Esmerelda was a part of a band of thieves who came to public gatherings for the express purpose of seeing what they could "gather" for themselves. Quasimodo was not a misshapen humanitarian. He had been known to carry out a dirty deed or two himself. As for the rest of the characters, there's not a role model in the bunch. To Hugo's credit, we really care about Quasimodo and Esmerelda, "warts and all." This is one indication of good writing.
The basic plot, devoid of any embellishments, is rather simple. Esmerelda, out of humanitarian instincts, comes to Quasimodo's aid in a small but meaningful way when he really needs a friend.Read more ›
Modern readers want slam-bang climaxes and chases. Modern readers want simple plotting, no charecterization, and little thought or planning.
Hugo defies that, and makes the reader think, makes the reader pause, makes the reader reflect; then Hugo delivers a tale of horror, of humor, of love, and of grand thought and whopping entertainment.
By the way, check out Lon Cheney's silent movie version.
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But the dramatist also is evident in another way: dialogue. As has been mentioned by others, the dialogue seems stagey, two-dimensional, over the top (or under the bottom, if you wish). This, apparently, was typical of stage productions in Hugo's day. Claude Frollo, for example, in his last conversation with Esmeralda, is practically unbelievable. But he is not alone: Esmeralda herself stretches our credulity. (For one thing, we are never told why she seemed so sympathetic to Quasimodo on the pillory but repulsed by him in the cathedral.) She immediately falls in love with Phoebus, whom she only meets once briefly, and never changes her feelings, which is to say that she never learns, never grows, never seems aware. And this leads to the oft-repeated, central complaint about this book: the main players are not people; they are symbols, constant and unchanging.
For example, at one point, in describing Quisimodo and Esmeralda, Hugo writes, ". . . there was someting touching about the protection offered by a creature so deformed to one so unfortunate -- one condemned to death saved by Quasimodo. Here were the two extremes of physical and social wretchedness meeting and assisting each other." (Walter J.Read more ›
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this one is an awesome read. i really love the story and the how it is written. very substantial and excellent. great buy indeed.Published 1 month ago by Carolyn Foster
I can't finish the book. I've started it twice, but it's too difficult for me to follow.Published 1 month ago by Janet Hall
This piece of work never of got off the ground for me or I skipped through it from chapter to chapter and never seem to get to any thing new Hyde thought it was a waste of time and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by daniel jones
I read this book in high school and loved it, so I wanted to get my own personal copy. The book was ordered brand new (along with the book "The Tale of Two Cities" and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of subplots. Good description of characters. Man's inhumanity to man. Couldn't wait to see what happened to characters.Published 2 months ago by Richard Lynch
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by Victor Hugo, pub. 1831
I listened to the story. I have read it I have read it as well, though that was many years ago, maybe twenty... Read more