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Perseverance that pays off,
This review is from: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
I am not going to lie; this book is hard going in parts (mainly the first three chapters) but bear with it, for as soon as you get to the fourth chapter where Quasimodo is introduced the story really gets going.
Every aspect of this story is extremely interesting; injustice, prejudice, superficiality etc. What I enjoyed most were the descriptions of Frollo's lust for Esmeralda which were exciting whilst remaining tasteful. Also those of the beautiful character of Quasimodo; his self loathing and people's cruelty towards him is truly heart rending and his heroism nothing short of inspiring.
Victor Hugo is truly a master storyteller.
There will be chapters along the way containing descriptions of architecture around Paris which can be quite heavy, but you can skip these chapters entirely if you wish, though Victor Hugo's extent of knowledge is quite something to behold.
Perseverance is needed in parts of this novel but it is certainly worth it.