My second book review for 1001 Books to Read Before You Die: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Come and join The Reviewers! You just might win their contest, too 😉
Reviewer: J. Gi Federizo
Forget Disney. If you’re reading TheHunchback of Notre-Dame(The Hunchback) for the first time, I’m telling you, NEVER pre-judge a book especially by its animated film version. I grew up watching Disney, but quite frankly, it has this annoying knack of messing up the literary classics. Like The Little Mermaid living happily ever-after with her Prince, and even having a spawn in the sequel! I’m surprised there’s even a sequel. That’s classic murder, to be figurative and blunt about it.
So don’t expect the book to be as fine and dandy as the animated adaptation. Consider yourself very sufficiently warned.
Originally titled Notre-Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris), Victor Hugo’s novel is undoubtedly set in Paris, year 1482. Quasimodo, the deaf and horribly deformed hunchback bell-ringer, attempts to abduct the Gypsy girl hailed as La Esmeralda. The attempt is somehow…
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