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The Man Who Laughs

Victor Hugo

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Hugo wrote The Man Who Laughs, or the Laughing Man, over a period of fifteen months while he was living in the Channel Islands, having been exiled from his native France because of the controversial political content of his previous novels. Hugo's working title for this book was On the King's Command, but a friend suggested The Man Who Laughs.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .esting on him, as though to implant the idea in his head, pronounced slowly, syllable by syllable, these words,—

"If to-night out at sea we hear the sound of a bell, the ship is lost."

The skipper pondered in amaze.

"What do you mean?"

The doctor did not answer. His countenance, expressive for a moment, was now reserved. His eyes became vacuous. He did not appear to hear the skipper's wondering question. He was now attending to his own monologue. His lips let fall, as if mechanically, in a low murmuring tone, these words,—

"The time has come for sullied souls to purify themselves."

The skipper made that expressive grimace which raises the chin towards the nose.

"He is more madman than sage," he growled, and moved off.

Nevertheless he steered west.

But the wind and the sea were rising.





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شخصیت "زن" در آثار ویکتور هوگو قابل توجه است. زن ها همیشه شخصیت هایی منفعل دارند، همیشه مورد ظلم واقع می شوند، مورد عشق واقع می شوند، مورد کمک واقع می شوند، همیشه منتظرند که دیگران کاری در حقشان بکنند، چه به ستم، چه به یاری. گاه حتی حس می شود چیزی بیش از یک عروسک بی جان نیستند و فقط برای این حضور دا

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 be

"¿Quién era Gwynplaine? Lo ignoraba. Cuando se contemplaba miraba a un desconocido. Pero aquel desconocido que se reflejaba en el espejo era un monstruo. Gwynplaine vivía en una suerte de decapitación, con una cara que no era la suya. Un rostro espantoso al extremo de causar risa. Daba tanto miedo q

L'Homme qui Rit = The Man Who Laughs = By Order of the King, Victor Hugo

The Man Who Laughs (also published under the title By Order of the King) is a novel by Victor Hugo, originally published in April 1869 under the French title L'Homme qui rit.

It was adapted into a popular 1928 film, directed by

- "الرجل الذي يضحك"، لا يخدعك العنوان فأنت لست مقبلاً على قصة فكاهية مضحكة او على نوع من انواع الكوميديا بل انت امام سمفونية من الألم الخالص والعذّاب المقطّر بعدة أصناف بين شخصيات هذا العمل العظيم.

ان كانت الحقيقة قبيحة، فإن ذنوبكم أقبح

- قصة جونبيلان، الفتى الذي سُرق من عائلته الثرية بعد قتل والديه،

From my personal perspective, this book is an UNSUNG MASTERPIECE.

Could it be a dark fable as well? I think so.

Hugo must have heard the story during his exile. It clicked for him, Big Time.

PERFECT! quoth he - for my disfigured hero will stand for all those who refuse to discontinue - despite the pre

Holy crap, Hugo! Did you not have editors in your day?

I loved Victor Hugo's Les Miserables and Hunchback of Notre Dame. The former I read in my twenties when I had a lot more patience for long-winded authors. The latter I read a year ago when I had remarkably less patience yet was still able to cher

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 totally disagree. 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

“There is no hypocrisy so great as the words which we say to ourselves, "I wish to know the worst!" At heart we do not wish it at all. We have a dreadful fear of knowing it. Agony is mingled with a dim effort not to see the end. We do not own it to ourselves, but we would draw back if we dared; a

با خواندن این کتاب میتونم عادت به پایان شیرین را از سرم برای همیشه بیرون کنم اما فقط با این شرط که روند داستان اینقدر قوی و گیرا و جذاب باشد , جوئین پلین همان مردی که میخندد , زندگیش اش بر پایه ی اوج و فرودها و بازی سرنوشت بنا شده , او پسر بچه ای از طبقه اشراف بوده که با دستور شاه قبلی انگلستان بعد

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