What can I say about this book? It is terribly, terribly under appreciated! The Man Who Laughs is easily my favourite of all of Hugo's novels. If you're a stickler for long, classical narration and lavish detail then this is the book for you. On top of that it has a great storyline and extremely well rounded characters. It's very easy to fall in love with Gwynplaine, Dea, Ursus and even Barkilphedro, Lord David and Josiana (at a push!).
This is a book for those who wish to completely lose themselves in a different world (or rather two worlds; that of rags and that of riches). Pick yourself up a very rare translation, that is to say, this copy right here! :)
This is not a book for lovers of cheap thrills- although there is some quite disturbing content, it is long, ponderous, and the language is fairly archaic. That said, it is beautifully written and is far more of a romance than a horror story. If you read and enjoyed "The Phantom of the Opera", then you might want to take a step further, and read "The Man Who Laughs".