The main reason I wanted to read this book was because of the relationship between Gwynplaine and Dea; their love and life together, and eventually, both of their deaths. I adore his devotion to her and her adoration of him, and their innocence is just so sweet and pure that it's extremely beautiful, she who's blind yet able to see beyond the deformed face of the man she loves, seeing his soul and true beauty. I had read somewhere that the end was heartbreaking, and I had a feeling that Dea would die just from interpretation and from a certain name of one of the last chapters , but that didn't soften the blow of her death any less, and I couldn't believe the way she died: Gosh, I mean, they had finally just been reunited and it was so sweet!
And Gwynplaine's reactions are so vivid and touching in these scenes; his tears and pleas for her to stay alive, and then his own suicide by walking off into the water and letting himself drown. It's strangely romantic; the classic love story, I guess you could say. Once I got into this, I began wondering if The Man Who Laughs would have sort of a Romeo and Juliet ending, and let me tell you, this is so much better than Shakespeare's work.
On another subject, Ursus: I wonder how, or if, he was able to cope with both of them dying. Another point of the story I was drawn to was the treatment Gwynplaine receives by everyone else, the people who laugh upon seeing his face and the nobles who scorn him, even though he is revealed to be one of their peers, showing just how cruel mankind can be to anything different.
Overall, my favorite thing about this story was the love between Gwynplaine and Dea, the monster and angel, and also the love their father has for them.
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It's definitely one I'll read again, a story that's filled with vivid imagery and powerful words, emotions, and characters. Not an easy read, but very rewarding I have no doubt Hugo would be accused of socialism if he spoke up in modern times. But really he is anti-nobility and royalty, and uses his characters to speak up for the common man, as well as subtle digs at the rich and sheltered lords of 18th century England. It's the story of man who goes from one extreme to the other, and not by his choosing.
He's an amazingly complex character, as are many of the supporting char Not an easy read, but very rewarding He's an amazingly complex character, as are many of the supporting characters. And quite unusual as well Homo is a most excellent and well done character. As he tells this melodrama, Hugo spends chapter upon chapter informing the reader of those times And if you're a history buff, you'll gain some fascinating insights as well.
Thanks to Trish for the recommendation! An odd yet oddly compelling historical romance set in 17th century England. I have to admit that I've started this book because the movie was released in France, and I wanted to read it before watching it. I know, I know I should have read it before and not to wait that long especially after knowing how much I loved each Hugo's book I've read.
I made the mistake to buy the long version and it took me ages to read it. But I looooved it. This book estheticism is amazing, all the characters are wonderful, complex and touching, each one in its way. Some might not like it, because of it's darkness and how depressing it can be, but this is what I like with Hugo. How its work change after his daughter's death in especially after "Les Contemplations" published 13 years before "L'Homme qui Rit" is something that touches me a lot.
I won't say much more, I don't want to use spoilers, so my last advice would be: Il racconto della prima notte dura centinaia di pagine, e non sono sprecate: I nobili si odiano, e quando decidono d'incontrarsi si divertono costringendo due poveretti a farsi pugili e massacrarsi a vicenda, sotto le grida delle loro eleganti scommesse e considerazioni da intenditori. Altrove, Hugo ha preso di mira la monarchia; qui denuncia i vizi, la violenza dell'aristocrazia - e anche nel lusso di quei palazzi non si ha mai una sensazione di luce, ma d'ombra, d'asfissia, d'inganno.
Band 2 setzt ca. Troppe pagine dedicate a chi ride, troppo poche quelle dedicate all'uomo che vorrebbe non farlo. Chi legge pensa, chi pensa ragiona. Vietom buvo tikrai nelengva. Bet visa visuma patiko. View all 4 comments. As much as I know about literature, I somehow never realized quite how wonderful Hugo's books are.
One knows the stories and takes them for granted as cornerstones of 19th Century writing, but the joy of reading them or listening to them via Librivox far surpasses the mere plot elements. Encyclopedic, complex, and resolutely humanistic, they encompass vastly more than their plots. From the chilling invention of the Comprachicos -- so awful a concept that it overshadows much of the book -- to t As much as I know about literature, I somehow never realized quite how wonderful Hugo's books are.
From the chilling invention of the Comprachicos -- so awful a concept that it overshadows much of the book -- to the extended metaphor of the face of comedy carved at the behest of an evil king, the book is one terrific scene after another, woven together with historical detail, wonderful aphorisms, and characters who come vividly to life, detailed and believable in their flaws and virtues. I liked this one a little less than Notre Dame because the long descriptions of peerage and the history of the English parliament were somewhat brain-glazing and the ending a tad too determined to be as tragic as it might possibly be.
All is well; no, wait, it's not! Everything is actually awful -- the good are punished and the wicked go on their way. The poor suffer and the wealthy rise up. Certainly in keeping with Hugo's general worldview but not handled as deftly here as in Hunchback. Then, in January, I saw a musical based on the tale while in London, became fascinated, and sought all film and literary versions.
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This story is not readily available in an official translation. The only copies I could find were unaccredited translations in the public realm. As such, this translation feels a little clunky at times, but despite that, I still really enjoyed it. As always, Hugo goes off on the occasional tangent from the story, but in a mostly interesting way, and I simply adore the way he presents the relationship between Gwynplain and Dea, and Gwynplain's journey as he discovers the truth about his heritage.
I was in tears by the end. It is typical Hugo fare, with commentary on social injustice. I wouldn't recommend it as a first read to newcomers to his writing, but for seasoned readers, it's definitely worth your time. They meet an itinerant carnival vendor who calls himself Ursus, and his pet wolf, Homo. Gwynplaine's mouth has been mutilated into a perpetual grin; Ursus is initially horrified, then moved to pity, and he takes them in. Fifteen years later, Gwynplaine has grown into a strong young man, attractive except for his distorted visage.
The girl, now named Dea, is blind, and has grown into a beautiful and innocent young woman. By touching his face, Dea concludes that Gwynplaine is perpetually happy. They fall in love. Ursus and his surrogate children earn a meagre living in the fairs of southern England. Gwynplaine keeps the lower half of his face concealed. In each town, Gwynplaine gives a stage performance in which the crowds are provoked to laughter when Gwynplaine reveals his grotesque face.
The spoiled and jaded Duchess Josiana, the illegitimate daughter of King James II, is bored by the dull routine of court. Josiana attends one of Gwynplaine's performances, and is aroused by the combination of his virile grace and his facial deformity. Gwynplaine is aroused by Josiana's physical beauty and haughty demeanor. Later, an agent of the royal court, Barkilphedro, who wishes to humiliate and destroy Josiana by compelling her to marry the 'clown' Gwynplaine, arrives at the caravan and compels Gwynplaine to follow him. Gwynplaine is ushered to a dungeon in London, where a physician named Hardquannone is being tortured to death.
Hardquannone recognizes Gwynplaine, and identifies him as the boy whose abduction and disfigurement Hardquannone arranged twenty-three years earlier. A flashback relates the doctor's story. Upon the baron's death, the King arranged the abduction of his two-year-old son and legitimate heir, Fermain. The King sold Fermain to a band of wanderers called "Comprachicos": I write this having just finished the last page, closed, completed, and I am breathless. Victor Hugo is not an easy read, there are moments in which he loses himself to very specific detail and matter-of-fact descriptions.
But what you find interwoven through the dry passages is of such exquisite beauty, that it is often worth pressing onward. I do not currently make that exception for any other author but Hugo, because the good is just so good. As it is here, with L'homme qui rit. Gorgeous, gor I write this having just finished the last page, closed, completed, and I am breathless. Gorgeous, gorgeous characters, Ursus and Homo being particular favourites of mine. This is Hugo at his Romantic best, with Gwynplaine the archetypal Romantic hero.
What I did not, but should of expected, was that ending! But of course, I cannot go into much detail regarding that here. If you are a fan of Hugo, I recommend it, if you are not I advise be patient, struggle a bit now and then, the payoff is worth it. View all 5 comments. What an emotional roller coaster of a read! I have read criticisms of this book that said that it was a good story that was poorly executed. I think it was brilliant. You have to know going in with Hugo that the story isn't going to be straightforward and that there are going to be lots and lots of tangents that at the time might seem irrelevant but always end up tying into the main story.
This book has the most heart breaking beginning and ending that I have read in a while. If you are a Hugo fan read this book! View all 8 comments. Aug 02, Malacorda rated it really liked it. Lettura per niente facile. La prefazione di Jean Gaudon definisce i romanzi di Dumas "trastulli infarciti di cose inverosimili": Differenze e similitudini con I Miserabili: Una trama che poteva essere brillantemente raccontata in un centinaio di paginette viene dilatata inverosimilmente per divenire un compendio enciclopedico del tempo e dei luoghi in cui si svolge la vicenda ma anche del tempo e luoghi in cui Hugo sta narrando.
Concordo in larga parte con l'analisi di PantaleoMagrone qua sotto: Per non dire della collusione tra potere regnante e bande di malaffare, una vera e propria simbiosi allora come oggi.
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View all 17 comments. Aug 22, Sandra rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 11 comments. View all 6 comments. Aug 29, Nood-Lesse rated it it was amazing. Il destino talvolta ci tende da bere un bicchiere di follia Quei due capitoli preliminari non sai se considerarli parti di imballaggio da rimuovere o pezzi che serviranno a montare la storia. Cento pagine di vortic Il destino talvolta ci tende da bere un bicchiere di follia Quei due capitoli preliminari non sai se considerarli parti di imballaggio da rimuovere o pezzi che serviranno a montare la storia.
Cento pagine di vortici, bruma, marosi, flutti, beccheggio, raffiche, tempesta, scogli.. Poi a un certo punto leggi: Quei due capitoli preliminari che eri indeciso se buttare nella spazzatura, si rivelano i supporti della storia che abbandona il mare per raggiungere la costa. Io sono cieco parlo e non vedo che siete sordi. Chi legge pensa, chi pensa ragiona.
Chi sta bene ignora e si isola. Lasciate ogni speranza voi che entrate. Leggetelo, ne vale la pena. Mi vien da pensare che Sandro Veronesi si sia ispirato ad essa per il suo Caos calmo. As is often the case with Victor Hugo's works, he often tends to discourage the reader towards the beginning of the novel with a long, drawn out description of seemingly mundane details, people, or circumstances.
Then, just as one begins to yawn This is one of the few books I've read where this urge to throw oneself into the story stays throughout the whole novel. The As is often the case with Victor Hugo's works, he often tends to discourage the reader towards the beginning of the novel with a long, drawn out description of seemingly mundane details, people, or circumstances. The Man Who Laughs also stands as, although one of Hugo's lesser known works, one of his most depressing, and dare I say, even more so than Les Miserables. En famille Date de parution: Ces casses Date de parution: Humour Date de parution: Collectif Coffret, 3,5x24,5 cm, 32 pages.
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