Notre-Dame of Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) – English and French editions

Notre-Dame of Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame)

The novel Notre-Dame de Paris, commonly known as "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame", is a true masterpiece and very different from the Disney version you may know: the characters are darker, the story is about a tragic love, and all in one, the novel is just a beautiful homage to the cathedral, written by one of the best French authors and at a time when the city of Paris was thinking of destroying the monument. A small warning though: it's a big book and there are a lot of descriptions so don't expect a quick easy read, both in English and French. There are also a lot of "old words" that may be tricky to understand, especially for those who do not know the vocabulary of church architecture. 

The novel Notre-Dame de Paris is mentioned in my video: 10 facts you should know about Notre-Dame de Paris

Editions available: kindle, paperback, hardcover. The French Kindle version is free ^^

In the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral 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. (storyline from Amazon)

10 Facts you should know about Notre-Dame de Paris

Transcripts are available here: 10 facts you should know about Notre-Dame de Paris


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