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Discussion | The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Upon finishing what turned out to be quite a sad novel and reading some great analysis on Sparknotes (come on we all do this!) I just wanted to discuss a few quotes and things that caught my attention in the novel.

There’s no point reviewing the novel. I mean it’s French. It’s Revolutionary and I bought it outside of Notre-Dame in Paris, of course I loved it.

Time is the architect, people are the mason

The book explores Roman, Greek, Gothic and all types of art and architecture. What I take from this quote is that, it is time that gives a building or a painting it’s true character and value, people are simply the builders but it is time that is the true artist.

Our fathers had a Paris of stone, our children will have a Paris of plaster

The first thing that came to mind upon viewing this quote was, plaster of Paris? does that hold any significance to this quote or am I just being weird?

Anyway, Victor Hugo scarily predicted the change Paris was going to undergo after the revolution, important ancient buildings were torn down to make way for Boulevards and the commercial Paris of today. Although important structures still remain in the city, Paris has lost a certain permanency through its continuous renovation and rebuilding.

Civilization always begins at theocracy and ends at democracy

I like this quote because of how true it rings. Time and time again, basically every civilization has begun with theocracy and has ended up today in democracy which I believe is the better way.

Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, it strikes its roots deep into our whole being, and frequently continues to put forth green leaves over a heart in ruins. And there is this unaccountable circumstance attending it, that the blinder that passion, the more tenacious it is. Never is it stronger when it is most unreasonable.

That quote resonates with me so much. It especially reminds me of unrealistic crushes over hot guys in YA novels. No but seriously, Victor Hugo appears very wise when it comes to all matters of love and undesirable lust.

Those are all the quotes that I wanted to discuss today. There is of course the astonishing symbolism between our protagonist Quasimodo and Notre-Dame. Quasimodo’s ugly, laughed-upon exterior yet his pure heart resemble the nature of the Gothic church which has become one of the most famous landmarks in Paris thanks to Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

About the book

Title: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Author: Victor Hugo

Genre: Classic

Synopsis: 

In the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer. Mocked and shunned for his appearance, he is pitied only by Esmerelda, a beautiful gypsy dancer to whom he becomes completely devoted. Esmerelda, however, has also attracted the attention of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and when she rejects his lecherous approaches, Frollo hatches a plot to destroy her that only Quasimodo can prevent. Victor Hugo’s sensational, evocative novel brings life to the medieval Paris he loved, and mourns its passing in one of the greatest historical romances of the nineteenth century

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Discussion

Books I’ve Given Up On

I’m the kind of person that likes to see things through the end, well, at least when it comes to books, but there are certain books on my bookshelf that defy these rules.

The Death Cure by James Dashner

One of the first books I remember giving up on.

Reason: I had a problem with the way the series was written from the beginning, so by the time I got to the last book and realised I wasn’t going to get any satisfactory answers, I decided it really wasn’t worth reading on.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

This one I haven’t so much given up on, rather I’ve set it aside. Some of the concepts are difficult to grasp but when I do have time to sit down and properly read, the books is quite fascinating

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Reason: It’s a very difficult text to interpret and I simply do not have the time it’s demanding from me to sit down and properly read it so.

Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes

As you can imagine, being the complete collection, there is quite a lot to read. I have read a few stories but it’s just been sitting there on my shelf collecting dust really.

Those are all the books I have given up on, I feel like it’s not a lot and I should keep it that way I guess.

Do you give up on books or do you see things through to the end?

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book haul

July Book Haul

Since it is birthday month I decided to treat myself and I also received some surprise ARCs in the mail so that’s always pleasant!download

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It by Stephen King– I’ve been meaning to get into Stephen King for ages so when someone said I HAD to read this I decided hey let’s give it a go. It sounds very spooky but it is quite chunky

Les Miserable Volumes 1 & 2 by Victor Hugo– Another book I’ve been meaning to read for AGES. I decided to buy it in two volumes so it would be easier to carry to school and also less daunting cuz my gosh we’ve got another hunky one.

Dumplin by Julie Murphy– Thank you so much to Penguin Teen Australia for sending me an ARC of this! It sounds hilarious and I cannot wait to dig into it closer to the release date

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han– Everyone seems to be raving about this series all the time so I bought it to see what the hype was all about. I’ve only previously read The Summer I Turned Pretty and didn’t enjoy it so this shall be interesting

Sweet Damage by Rebecca JamesРThanks to Allen & Unwin for this one! I recently reviewed it here and found it to be quite an agreeable  read

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee– Saved the best ’til the last! I barged into the bookstore on release day and despite the hefty price bought it because To Kill A Mockingbird is an all time favourite of mine.

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