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  • In deze klassieker van de beroemde Franse schrijver Victor Hugo volgen we de mismaakte Quasimodo, die een teruggetrokken bestaan leidt in de klokkentoren van de Parijse kathedraal Notre Dame. Als zijn pad zich kruist met dat van het mooie zigeunermeisje Esmeralda verandert zijn wereld voorgoed.

    Met zijn romantische beschrijvingen van de kathedraal wist Victor Hugo een nieuwe interesse in de middeleeuwse bouwkunst aan te wakkeren in Frankrijk, die tot tal van renovaties heeft geleid. Het verhaal van Quasimodo werd vooral bekend door de tekenfilm van Disney uit 1996.

  • Dans ce classique de la littérature française, nous suivons les aventures de Quasimodo, un jeune homme malformé qui vit une vie solitaire dans le clocher de Notre-Dame de Paris. Quand son chemin croise celui de la belle gitane Esméralda, son petit monde est bouleversé.

    Avec sa description romantique de la cathédrale, Victor Hugo a suscité un nouvel intérêt pour l'architecture médiévale en France, qui conduisit à une vague de travaux de rénovations. L'histoire de Quasimodo est surtout connue grâce au dessin animé Disney de 1996.

  • "Il y a sept ou huit ans, un homme nommé Claude Gueux, pauvre ouvrier, vivait à Paris. Il avait avec lui une fille qui était sa maîtresse, et un enfant de cette fille. Je dis les choses comme elles sont, laissant le lecteur ramasser les moralités à mesure que les faits les sèment sur leur chemin. L'ouvrier était capable, habile, intelligent, fort maltraité par l'éducation, fort bien traité par la nature, ne sachant pas lire et sachant penser. Un hiver, l'ouvrage manqua. Pas de feu, ni de pain dans le galetas. L'homme, la fille et l'enfant eurent froid et faim. L'homme vola. Je ne sais ce qu'il vola, je ne sais où il vola. Ce que je sais, c'est que de ce vol il résulta trois jours de pain et de feu pour la femme et pour l'enfant, et cinq ans de prison pour l`homme."


    Ce court roman publié en 1834 est une critique du système pénale français et des conditions de vie des prisonniers au 19e. Il se base en partie sur des faits réels.

  • « Il y a sept ou huit ans, un homme nommé Claude Gueux, pauvre ouvrier, vivait à Paris. Il avait avec lui une fille qui était sa maîtresse, et un enfant de cette fille. Je dis les choses comme elles sont, laissant le lecteur ramasser les moralités à mesure que les faits les sèment sur leur chemin. L'ouvrier était capable, habile, intelligent, fort maltraité par l'éducation, fort bien traité par la nature, ne sachant pas lire et sachant penser. Un hiver, l'ouvrage manqua. Pas de feu, ni de pain dans le galetas. L'homme, la fille et l'enfant eurent froid et faim. L'homme vola. Je ne sais ce qu'il vola, je ne sais où il vola. Ce que je sais, c'est que de ce vol il résulta trois jours de pain et de feu pour la femme et pour l'enfant, et cinq ans de prison pour l'homme. »

    Ce court roman publié en 1834 est une critique du système pénale français et des conditions de vie des prisonniers au 19e. Il se base en partie sur des faits réels.

  • Claude Gueux is a poor man living in Troyes. One day he decides to steal food for the sake of his family. Good intentions, however, don't save him in front of the law, and he ends up in prison. But Gueux is not a man who would easily give up - he is able to find friends even in the harsh prison conditions.

    `Claude Gueux' is Victor Hugo's short story first published in 1826, and it tells about the injustice of the society.

  • Jean Valjean has a background of a prisoner, but with a new identity he manages to create a career as a factory owner and a mayor.

    Not everyone is as lucky as Jean Valjean, though. A woman called Fantine has started to work at Jean Valjean's factory, but she soon gets fired due to an illegitimate child. Fantine has no choice - she is forced to to a life of prostitution.

    Victor Hugo's 'Les Misérables' is one of the most significant European novels. It takes place in the early 1800's France, and it follows the tragic paths of multiple characters. `Les Miserables' has been filmed into a movie numerous times. In 2012 Tom Hooper directed a movie starring Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

  • The Thénardiers have ended up in jail due to the crimes they are guilty of. Only their daughter Éponine has been acquitted. Éponine brings the address of Cosette to Marius - will Marius and Cosette finally get each other? Or will the riots intervene in their love?

    Victor Hugo's `Les Misérables' is one of the most significant European novels. It takes place in the early 1800's France, and it follows the tragic paths of multiple characters. `Les Misérables' has been filmed into a movie numerous times. In 2012 Tom Hooper directed a movie starring Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

  • The riots have taken over Paris, and Marius has gotten into trouble. Valjean has decided to save the kid`s life - and by doing so, he is ready to risk his own life. But saving Marius is not the only crucial thing happening right now. Valjean is about to meet someone who he has been running away from for years - the inspector Javert.

    Victor Hugo's `Les Misérables' is one of the most significant European novels. It takes place in the early 1800's France, and it follows the tragic paths of multiple characters. `Les Misérables' has been filmed into a movie numerous times. In 2012 Tom Hooper directed a movie starring Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

  • Fantine the prostitute has passed away. Her illegitimate daughter Cosette lives with the Thénardiers who mistreat her. Jean Valjean has been caught for his identity theft. As a punishment he has been sentenced to forced labor, from which he manages to escape.

    Jean Valjean has decided to save Cosette. But Valjean is being followed - inspector Javert wants to get him behind the bars.

    Victor Hugo's `Les Misérables' is one of the most significant European novels. It takes place in the early 1800's France, and it follows the tragic paths of multiple characters. `Les Misérables' has been filmed into a movie numerous times. In 2012 Tom Hooper directed a movie starring Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

  • A short novel about the final hours of a man sentenced to death, "The Last Day of a Condemned Man" can be read as a social critique and revolt against the institution of the death penalty. The protagonist wakes up every day with the same thought in his head, and a small grain of hope in his heart. He recalls his past errors of the time before his imprisonment, painting a sympathetic and apologetic picture of human condition. But his path does not lead backwards, only forward. And there awaits the guillotine.

  • The Thénardiers are now poor and live in misery. In another part of the town baron Marius Pontmercy sees a very beautiful girl in a demonstration and falls head over heels in love. The girl is Cosette.

    When Marius helps the poor The Thénardiers, he meets Cosette again - it turns out that Cosette and Valjean help the very same family. But the Thénardiers are not good people - helping them proves to be ill-fated...

    Victor Hugo's `Les Misérables' is one of the most significant European novels. It takes place in the early 1800's France, and it follows the tragic paths of multiple characters. `Les Misérables' has been filmed into a movie numerous times. In 2012 Tom Hooper directed a movie starring Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

  • B. J. Harrison Reads The Hunchback of Notre Dame Nouv.

    "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is one of Victor Hugo most popular historical novels. It follows the story of the young Quasimodo, a hunchback who lives the solitary life of an outcast in the bell tower of Notre-Dame in Paris. When his path crosses that of the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, his little world is turned upside down. Quasimodo's guardian, the Archdeacon Frollo, becomes equally obsessed with Esmeralda and tries to convince Quasimodo to kidnap her. This gothic tale full of betrayal and lust explores human condition and all those emotions and feelings that make us human.
    Hugo's romantic description of the cathedral inspired a renewed interest in medieval architecture in France, and led to a wave of renovations across the country. His novel has been adapted into numerous big and small screen adaptations, most famously the 1996 Disney animated movie.

    B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere.

    Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was a prolific French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, and statesman. His name is often associated with the Romantic movement in France. He was also an ardent politician, supporting republicanism. His best known works include "Les Miserables", "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame", "The Man Who Laughs", witnessing countless big screen adaptations.

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