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The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

by Victor Hugo

Title Details

Unabridged Edition
Running Time
18 Hrs. 40 Min.


A huge crowd packed the square of the great Parisian cathedral to witness the execution of Esmeralda, a gypsy dancer denounced as a witch by the hypocritical archdeacon Claude Frollo who possesses an evil passion for her. Suddenly the deformed bellringer Quasimodo, the "Hunchback of Notre Dame," rushes at the executioners and fells them with his enormous fists. He snatches Esmeralda in one arm and rushes her into the cathedral. A moment later he appears at the top of the bell tower holding her above his head, shouting triumphantly to the mob "Sanctuary! Sanctuary! Sanctuary!" Victor Hugo's masterful tale of heroism and adventure has been a perennial favorite since its first publication in 1831 and remains to this day one of the most thrilling romances of all time.

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