"The Hunchback of Notre-Dame," by Victor Hugo
dim. 15 décembre à 18:00
There have been a couple requests to read this book since the recent fire that tragically swept through Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral. It's a classic, iconic, much-loved story, so let's close out the year with this timely tale! From Penguin-Random House: Hugo’s grand medieval melodrama tells the story of the beautiful Esmeralda, a gypsy girl loved by three men: Archdeacon Frollo, his adoptive son Quasimodo, bell-ringer of Notre-Dame cathedral, and Captain Phoebus. "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" is an epic of a whole people, with a cast of characters that ranges from the king of France to the beggars who inhabit the Parisian sewers, and at their center the massive figure–a character in itself–of the great Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of the cathedral; his foster father, the tormented archdeacon Frollo; and the beautiful and doomed Gypsy Esmeralda are caught up in a tragedy that still speaks clearly to us of revolution and social strife, of destiny and free will, and of love and loss.
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