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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Classic Starts Series)

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    good intro to hugo

    I wanted my kiddos to read some Victor Hugo before we go to Paris and as we are studying this time period in history. This seems like a fine intro for my third grader; a bit easy for my sixth grader, but still an okay take over all. I do wish there were more original lines and phrases though.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    Mesmerizing Classic!!!!!!

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the Classic Starts series, was originally a world-famous classic written by Victor Hugo, centuries ago. The setting is in medieval Paris, and follows the lives of several different individuals, all linked to one another in some way. First, there is Pierre, the playwright which the story basically starts with. There is Esmeralda, the lovely gypsy dancer; Captain Phoebus, the general who pretends to be in love with Esmeralda; Claude Frollo, the disturbed, religious priest at Notre Dame who can't seem to find his own way or understand life; several mischeivous boys, including Frollo's brother; and finally, Qausimodo, the hero of the story, the deformed but kind " Hunchback of Notre Dame". Qausimodo is also Frollo's adopted son. Qausimodo hides himself in the bell tower, obeying Frollo's commands, good or evil. The trouble starts when Frollo commands Quasimodo to help him kidnap Esmeralda. Pierre tries to save Esmeralda, but is knocked down by Quasimodo. Eventually, Captain Phoebus comes to Esmeralda's rescue and arrests Qausimodo. However, Frollo is not arrested. When Qausimodo is being put into the stocks as a punishment, Esmeralda saves him. Soon enough, Esmeralda is arrested too, and once again, Frollo is the cause. While Phoebus was pretending to love Esmeralda, Frollo nearly kills him and pins the blame on poor Esmeralda. What's more, Esmeralda believes Phoebus really loves her, which of course, isn't true. Quasimodo saves Esmeralda and declares sanctuary for her, when she is about to be put into the stocks. But the story isn't over yet. In a twisting maze of drama and betrayal, Esmeralda ends up dead, and no one knows where Quasimodo or Frollo are. This tale is perhaps one of the most creative and captivating tales I have come upon, and for that, I praise Hugo with five stars, for I belive this book clearly deserves the five stars. I hope you enjoy this enchanting classic as much as I did!!!!!!!!!!!

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