Teaser Tuesdays: The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. The idea is to open your current read to a random page and share a few sentences. And try not to include spoilers!


I have begun The Hunchback of Notre Dame as an (unabridged) audiobook. Am I overly ambitious? We shall see. I will say that so far he may be a less-than-ideal gym companion, but time will tell. Here are a few lines I like very much so far…

“Monsieur the Archduke has more than once sought his gloves among my hose.”

A burst of laughter and applause ensued. A witticism or a pun is instantly comprehended in Paris and consequently sure to be applauded.

Oh, so clever. I believe this is a fair representation of some of the humor Hugo has on offer.

What are you reading this week?

9 Responses

  1. when I climbed to the top of Notre Dame last spring I promised myself I would read the novel. I still haven’t. When I visited Walden Pond I bought Thoreau’s book. Still haven’t read that one yet either. Maybe I should stop promising I’ll do something.

  2. I will be very interested in your take on this one; I only know Hugo from French revolutionary history, thus curiosity about the trail in his literature……

  3. I have never read this book, but it’s a rather (distantly) Victor Hugo-ish week for me, since today the full soundrack for the Les Miserables movie was released, and the DVD comes out on Friday. 🙂

    • Ha! Did you enjoy the movie? Very mixed reactions amongst my people, but I think those that didn’t like it just weren’t up for what it was, if you see what I mean.

      • Well, I had seen the Broadway show, so I knew what to expect. 🙂

        The movie is far from perfect (as has been widely reported, including on my blog), but the things that are good are very good indeed. And I am very fond of the show.

        I’m going to buy the DVD, and I don’t buy a lot of DVDs.

  4. Well that’s a strong endorsement. I confess I fear it a little at this point; we’ll see how I do with this book before I venture there in film…

  5. […] I just did this one last week. The good news is that there continues to be text worth quoting! I liked these lines of […]

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